Deputy Production Editor Job Placement - Monitor Publications Limited (MPL)

Job Title:     Deputy Production Editor
Organisation: Monitor Publications Limited (MPL)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Managing Editor – Content Production

About Us:
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 Deputy Production Editor will coordinate the subbing and packaging of pages through careful selection of stories and pictures for publication, to design and layout pages, ensuring that the stories are edited in line with set editorial objectives, journalistic ethics, quality and house style, within set deadlines.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent attends editorial conferences to review the previous day’s output and plan the day’s newspaper on the basis of the news docket presented
  • Determines and lists the flow of pages to be followed by sub-editors
  • Selects stories and pictures supplied by the News Desk, Bureaus and other sources and allocates them space in order of their news value
  • Discusses the day’s dummy with the advertising copydesk for pagination to meet editorial expectations
  • The jobholder designs, lays out pages and places the stories for editing
  • Gives editing instructions for each story and supervises the sub-editors to ensure that the stories are professionally subbed to the highest quality and standards within set deadlines.
  • Checks the copy, headlines, pictures, captions and pages handled by the sub-editors to ensure that the editing meets the approved editorial objectives, house style
  • Works closely with the News desk, Photo Editor and the Graphics Editor for efficient work flow to ensure that all page deadlines are met
  • Regularly monitors, guides Sub-editors and recommends them for further training

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the MPL Deputy Production Editor career placement should hold a University Degree in Mass Communication or any related field from an accredited institution.
  • Diploma in Journalism
  • A minimum of five years’ 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.
  • Previous experience working in a very deadline driven environment
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work effectively with the team and collate material from multiple sources
  • Ability to track, review and manage team performance effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Very strong analytical skills
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills
  • Good understanding of InDesign
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop
  • Computer literate; experience with Mac software an added advantage
  • Ability to work under pressure

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:

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

Deadline: 7th July 2017

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