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Vacancies: Chief reporter and two interns

Got what it takes to work for Africa’s best digital news start-up? Food For Mzansi is now recruiting for a chief reporter, a journalism intern and a marketing intern


Do you have what it takes to work for Food For Mzansi, Africa’s best digital news start-up*? Food For Mzansi is hoping to fill three vacancies within the next month.

We love agriculture and South Africa, but we don’t hesitate to speak truth to power. We don’t do drama or corporate hogwash. We love winning. We do heart-centred journalism.

Food For Mzansi is currently recruiting for:

  • a chief reporter;
  • a journalism intern; and
  • a marketing intern.

Do you have what it takes to be our chief reporter?

As our chief reporter, you will lead our editorial team from our office in Paarl in the Western Cape. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us are still working from home, but that might change in the nearby future.

Food For Mzansi expects its chief reporter to assume responsibility for our core and freelance teams. You will supervise their work and deadlines while also regularly reporting and interpreting relevant news of legislative, political or general importance.

As our commander of news, you will lead and inspire the agricultural news agenda in partnership with Food For Mzansi’s co-founders and Editor-in-Chief. Among others, your role will include news hunting, beat management, administrative duties and special reporting.

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We’re looking for a suitably qualified colleague to:

  • bring their A-game with at least three years’ newsroom experience;
  • have an extensive contact network in agriculture, economics and/or government;
  • develop their own beat, set their own (fast!) pace, and understand the magic of news timing;
  • write perfect, pleasing copy that will engage the reader;
  • turn often mundane subjects into powerful, SEO-friendly content;
  • do all sorts of magic in multimedia spaces, including podcasts and video;
  • produce creative ideas for editorial campaigns;
  • have the leadership and people skills to lead and motivate a team;
  • be an all-rounder who can immerse themselves in the Food For Mzansi mission; and
  • research, investigate and dig into a wide range of topics.

Want to be one of our new interns?

Preference will be given to unemployed journalism and marketing graduates, or those currently completing their undergraduate qualifications in these fields. Our new journalism intern will plug into our editorial team, while the marketing intern will be part of our business development team. Both will work alongside experienced colleagues in a fast-paced media house.

The journalism intern will source, write and upload relevant content, including copy, videos and images. You will have a natural flair for writing, and contribute new ideas as part of the editorial team. You will also play an active role in our social media strategy.

The marketing intern will have general marketing responsibilities, and also establish and maintain client connections. You will schedule events and manage diaries, write promotional copy and other marketing collateral. Also, you will assist in the creation of written, video and image content while participating in marketing brainstorm sessions.

How to apply

  • Send your CV to info@foodformzansi.co.za before or on Friday, 12 March 2021.
  • Please only apply if you’re suitably qualified or experienced: a tertiary qualification or relevant experience in journalism or PR, with between 2 and 5 years’ work experience, and proficiency in social media basics (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you name it!).
  • Non-negotiable for the chief reporter: a valid driver’s license with own, reliable transport.
  • Please consider your application as unsuccessful if you have not heard from us by Wednesday, 31 March 2021.
  • If successful, we’ll offer the chief reporter a market-related salary and a 12-month contract. Successful journalism and marketing interns will be paid a monthly stipend and given a six-month contract.
  • Food For Mzansi reserves the right to not fill this position.
* Food For Mzansi was announced as Africa’s best digital news start-up in the 2019 Africa Digital Media Awards presented by WAN-IFRA, the global organisation for the world’s press.

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