Daily Monitor Journalism Jobs – Life Magazine Editor

Organisation: Monitor Publications Limited
Reports to: Features Editor — Weekend
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About Monitor:

Monitor Publications Limited, A Nations Media Group Company operates Uganda’s most influential media house boosting of the Daily Monitor, Sunday Monitor newspapers, 93.3 & KFM Radio Stations, Nation Couriers and the Monitor Business Directory.
Job Summary: The editor will provide leadership for the life magazine by developing and executing an editorial content strategy and operational plan to achieve Circulation market leadership, brand preference for sustained loyally and sustained readership growth for tine Sunday Monitor through varied and detailed response lo product gaps and weaknesses and /or market opportunities identified through market research and editorial and management experience and insight.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Provide operational leadership for the Life magazine in the Sunday Monitor in achieving clear brand preference for Monitor in the ‘soft-side’ areas of the newspaper particularly: people, lifestyle, human interest, society, entertainment, humour, travel, family, etc.
  • Develop story ideas and assign reporters/correspondents
  • Debrief reporters on assignments being done Be the lead writer for Life magazine and write at least two cover stories every month
  • Create a high quality, high impact trend of sustained initiatives in the content area that positions Life magazine as a complete substitute to the front page and the political sections of the newspaper as a reason for Monitor tube bought and read.
  • To achieve high quality writing, editing and design quality as well as creating opportunity for marketing support to be planned by writing, editing and grouping articles well ahead of competition.
  • Collaborate with the Features editor — weekend and the Managing Editor — Weekend to ensure that Life magazine develops such focus and core strength as will give them clear leadership in brand awareness, appeal and preference, reflected in growing circulation sales.
  • Ensure that the material written reflects a thorough understanding of the Monitor’s style of journalism as defined in the editorial policy guidelines and objectives, the house style and the journalistic code of ethical journalism.
  • Monitor copy for loaded language, insufficient reporting, and libelous statements.
  • Enforce features deadlines.
  • Chair weekly meetings with features winters and reporters to plan and brainstorm on features ideas.
  • Gradually build contacts with sources of features.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • The applicant should possess a University Degree in Mass Communication or any related field from an accredited institution.
  • Five or more  years journalism experience and demonstrated writing and editing experience in a newsroom, with strong emphasis on features writing and editing
  • Possess broad knowledge of local and regional issues and/or depth of knowledge in features.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with good understanding of editorial practices, writing and editing requirements in a busy newsroom
  • Must have a good eye for detail, with excellent spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work effectively with the team and collate material from multiple sources
  • Forward thinking and able to strategize and develop new ideas to grow the magazine
  • Ability to track, review and manage team performance effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills & communication skills
  • Strong writing and reporting skills, Innovative and creative, Flexible and agile, Drive for results 
How to Apply:
If you believe that you are our ideal candidate, please submit your application , detailed CV and academic documents with a daytime telephone number .

The Resourcing & Talent Management Specialist, Monitor Publications Ltd .
P. O. Box 12141, Kampala, Uganda.

Deadline: 3rd July 2013
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