06 June 2017

Journalism Careers - Sub Editor - News at Monitor Publications Limited (MPL)

Job Title:     Sub Editor - News
Organisation: Monitor Publications Limited (MPL)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Production Editor

About MPL:
Monitor Publications Limited (MPL),  a Nation Media Group Company is Uganda's most influential media house, operating The Daily Monitor, Saturday Monitor and Sunday Monitor newspapers, 93.3KFM, 90.4 Dembe FM, Nation Couriers and the Monitor Business Directory.

Job Summary: The Sub Editor – News will edit stories, write captions, place pictures and write headlines in conformity with journalistic ethics, editorial objectives and house style within set deadlines

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The jobholder primarily checks and corrects editorial copy allocated by the Deputy Production Editor for facts, accuracy, taste, house-style, language use, clarity, details, objectivity and spellings
  • Sub copies to fit allocated space without distorting facts or dispensing with the salient points.
  • Re-writes the copy as necessary for simplicity, clarity and style
  • Writes or rewrites the appropriate headline for the copy, ensuring it reflects the overriding message of the story.
  • Edits the pictures selected by the Deputy Production Editor to fit the allocated space, and writes/rewrites appropriate caption taking care not to merely state the obvious details.
  • Sends the edited copy to the Deputy Production Editor within set deadlines.
  • The jobholder designs the editorial pages as directed by the Deputy Production Editor.
  • Checks all headlines, captions, pictures, copy text and page logos and all other page elements to sign the pages within set deadlines.
  • Checks the printed soft copy and corrects any errors and signs off the pages to go to press

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the MPL Sub Editor - News job should hold a University Degree in Mass Communication or any related field from an accredited institution.
  • Professional Diploma in Journalism
  • One to three years of journalism experience and demonstrated writing and editing experience in a newsroom.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with good understanding of editorial practices, writing and editing requirements in a busy newsroom
  • Keen eye for detail, with excellent spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of InDesign
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop
  • Computer literate; experience with Mac software an added advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrable and proven experience in meeting deadlines
  • Strong proposal writing abilities
  • A results oriented attitude
  • High personal standards

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications, detailed CVs and academic documents with daytime telephone number via E-mail to: resourcing@ug.nationmedia.com

NB: Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 7th June 2017

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