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Announcement

Daily Maverick is hiring: Business Development Manager (advertising sales)

Daily Maverick is looking to hire a Business Development Manager to work in an established sales team and report to the Head of Commercial Operations

Role details:
Salary: Good basic plus commission structure
Employment equity preferred: Yes
Location: Cape Town

Overview:
The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and executing the revenue growth objectives, identifying new growth opportunities, identifying areas of client needs, and manage and participate in business negotiations. The ability to work under pressure and a love of coffee would be beneficial.

Job Description:
1. Existing media agency networks and direct client relationships is a prerequisite for this position

2. Strong client relationships skills

3. Self-motivated and independent but at the same time a team-player

4. Love the news environment and want to work alongside a great (the greatest!) newsroom

5. Proven track record in meeting and succeeding targets

6. Must be comfortable selling advertising solutions to clients at the CMO/CEO level, as well as to media planners and buyers

Experience:
At least 5 years of advertising and sponsorship sales experience
Print and digital sales experience an advantage

Send your application with a short motivation via email, with “Business Development Manager” in the subject header by 17 August 2020

Published: 17 Jul '20

Daily Maverick is hiring: Photographic Editor

Daily Maverick is looking to hire a Photographic Editor to take overall responsibility for the photographic aspects of the organisation’s editorial offerings, across a range of publishing platforms.

Role details:
Salary Range: Dependent on experience (min 3yrs exp)
Employment equity preferred: Yes

Location: Preferably Johannesburg
Work from home and/or our Johannesburg office

Est. Hours: 11am-8pm
Days: Monday to Friday

Overview

The successful candidate will work closely with editors to conceive of visuals to accompany and enhance stories to be published on Daily Maverick platforms. Develop and manage a freelance team of photographers to meet the needs of the organisation.

Job Description

    • Source pictures for all online section heads and the newspaper from wire services and stock pictures we subscribe to.
    • Help section editors visualise stories
    • Identify and source photo essays that add to the content mix of Daily Maverick products
    • Manage, renew and update photographic wire services to serve Daily Maverick’s publishing platforms
    • Assign freelance photographers within budget to photograph stories as decided by the diary meeting, and section editors
    • Assist in selecting and editing photos for publications platform
    • Able to work with layout designers to achieve high-impact visual language

Experience

    • At least three years experience in a similar role
    • Previous print and online experience preferable
    • Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop suite

Send your application with short motivation via email, with “Photographic Editor Application” in the subject header by 27 July 2020.

Published: 13 Jul '20

Daily Maverick is hiring: Production Editor

Daily Maverick is looking to hire a Production Editor to take responsibility for the production processes of the organisation’s editorial offerings. It is a hands-on, multi-faceted job in a tight operation so all-round news editing and meticulous production experience are essential. Patience, open-mindedness and access to a meditation app are highly recommended.

Role Details:

Starting date: ASAP
Location: Ideally Jo’burg or Cape Town-based. Good, reliable internet access a necessity
Estimated work from home: 90%

Salary Range: Dependent on experience (min 5yrs exp)
Employment equity preferred: Yes

Approx Work Schedule: 4pm -12pm
Days: Monday to Friday

Overview:
The production editor would devise a production workflow with strict deadlines for particular pages to enable designers, graphic artists and copy sub-editors enough time to craft the best possible product. 

Manage a team of sub-editors, both internal and freelance, to ensure proper subbing capacity to meet the different needs of the organisation.

Job description

    • Co-ordinate publishing cycle for publishing on multiple platforms
    • Manage and assign stories to sub-editors
    • Manage a sub-editors roster
    • Manage deadlines and copy flow for all platforms
    • Load pages online
    • Work with pictures desk and multimedia journalist to ensure best possible images for online
    • Edit copy
    • Add to the existing DM style guide for Daily Maverick products
    • Proofread and sign off final pages 
    • Write catchy headlines and blurbs
    • Ensure the publication’s standards are met
    • Managing the production flow of DM online by overseeing layout and finding ways to streamline and improve the production process.
    • Ensuring adherence to DM style, tone and ethics
    • Prioritising the news list on the front page in discussion with Editor 
    • Archiving and other backend production processes

Experience

    • At least five years experience in a similar role
    • Previous print and online experience preferable
    • Knowledge of production and design systems including WordPress 

Apply with short motivation email and C.V to this address with “Production Editor Application” as the subject, before 27 July 2020.

Published: 13 Jul '20

Maverick Citizen is recruiting

In September 2019, Daily Maverick will launch Maverick Citizen, a news section focusing on human rights and social justice and the people who fight for it – in South Africa, Africa and the world. We are looking to hire two journalists to join our team but not just any journalists!

If you are a journalist who is called to tell the stories of our country’s people, to tell stories that could play a role in changing these and other facts; if you believe the people who work towards a better life for all need to be reported on with the same rigour as the reporting on politics and business, then please apply. If you believe journalism is a force for good and involves engaging with audiences and readers rather than just broadcasting. If you wake up in the morning with a fire in your belly. If you are a journalist with a passion for reporting on social justice issues and the people who are affected, then send your CV.

If you believe that all news is equal but often it seems that some news is more equal than other news. If you believe that we need journalists who try to rectify this imbalance by telling stories that should count, then consider joining Maverick Citizen.

We are looking for journalists who will tell the stories of individuals and organisations that swim against the stream, and in many different ways, visible and invisible, try and realize the constitutional vision of social justice in South Africa.

We are looking for journalists who want to find those people who make and shape the news, but usually don’t get into the news until there’s a court case or a crisis or a tragedy. We are looking for journalists who believe our country is also about the people and organisations whose efforts hold our society together and often prevent despair. We are looking for journalists who want to listen to the people of South Africa and tell the stories of people who invoke their and others’ constitutional right to campaign for a cause, the unseen participants in our participatory democracy.

If reading this advert makes your heart beat a little faster, then we would like to hear from you.

Skills and attributes required include experience as a journalist or high-level communicator in the social justice field, a readiness to travel our country to tell its stories, critical, independent thinking, experience in, and appreciation for investigative stories, global and national political insight and understanding, multimedia skills, social media skills, ability to work under pressure, to multitask and retain high quality, work weekends, evenings and early mornings.

Criteria

We are recruiting for 1 x senior level journalist and 1 x mid-senior level. Remuneration is dependent upon experience and employment equity candidates are preferred.

Your application should include a 500-word article telling us why this advertisement spurred you to apply for the job (We aim to Maverick Citizens in Cape Town and Johannesburg.) Also include references – at least three, including their full contact detail – a CV and links to examples of your work. Please send applications to [email protected] by
28 August 2019.

Published: 19 Aug '19
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Announcement

Award-Winning Journalist Sikonathi Mantshantsha joins Daily Maverick

Award-winning financial journalist Sikonathi Mantshantsha has joined Scorpio, the Investigative Unit of Daily Maverick, as of 1 July 2019. In addition, Mantshantsha will contribute to Business Maverick, one of the latest additions to Daily Maverick’s growing stable, which focuses on the business stories driving South African economic landscape. 

Since 2016, Mantshantsha held the position of Deputy Editor at the Financial Mail. One of his many accolades includes the 2017 Sanlam Journalist of the Year Award.

Says Mantshantsha:

“It’s a great opportunity to be joining a start-up that has played a great part in SA journalism in the relatively short time it has been around. Daily Maverick has really punched above its weight, particularly exposing the many shenanigans of State Capture. I am privileged to be joining such an ambitious team.”

Business Maverick Editor Tim Cohen looks forward to working with Mantshantsha who will be a valuable member of the team. 

Says Cohen: 

“I’m delighted that Sikonathi will be joining the team, primarily as a member of the Scorpio team but helping out too on Business Maverick on an ad hoc basis. Sikonathi is widely recognised as an astute journalist and a bold voice in business journalism, and we at Business Maverick will be honoured to publish his work.

Since its launch in late 2009, Daily Maverick has seen steady growth in readership and influence. This year alone has seen the launch of two important divisions, Business Maverick and Maverick Life. Co-Founder Branko Brkic says their growth is attributed to Daily Maverick’s uncompromising approach to journalism.

Says Brkic:

Our mission is to Defend Truth in these difficult and testing times for our young democracy, with no fear or favour. Sikonathi is universally respected as a great journalist and fearless man and I personally very much look forward to working with him.

Daily Maverick’s innovative approach to media and their stance on defending the truth, no matter the cost, has gained them much respect among politicians, business leaders and the general public. It is this reputation that will continue to attract quality journalists within the media industry.

Published: 03 Jul '19
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Event

The Membership Puzzle and Daily Maverick audience engagement and membership workshop

If you work in an African news organization and you’re exploring how to deepen relationships with your audience members, we hope you’ll join the Membership Puzzle Project and Daily Maverick for a workshop on audience engagement and membership models on Aug. 21 & 22, in Cape Town.

Journalism is evolving and membership models are helping news organisations improve through community building and generating revenue. This workshop will give you the inspiration, tools, and thought partners you need to begin and succeed at this work.

Who we are:

The Membership Puzzle Project is a public research project at New York University studying how to optimize a news organization for trust, primarily through membership in its many forms. They run the Membership in News Fund, which supports promising experiments in membership around the world. Daily Maverick is one of their grantees and together are hosting this workshop.

Daily Maverick is an independent news, analysis and investigative digital publisher based in South Africa. In August 2018,  DM launched Maverick Insider, a membership program and less than a year later, have gained more than 6,500 paying members. DM has also launched new editorial products that have deepened their relationship with their readers.

What we have planned: 

The agenda is a work in progress, but expect sessions on the following:

  • The state of membership worldwide
  • An in-depth look at Year One of the Daily Maverick’s Maverick Insiders membership program
  • Catalyst talks highlighting inspiring audience engagement projects from around the world
  • How to do your own audience research
  • How to develop and grow newsletters – and use them to support better journalism
  • How to develop your own membership offering
  • Open times on the schedule for attendees to pitch discussions on topics of their choosing

Costs

The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 21 and will conclude in the early afternoon on Aug. 22. Registration is free, although attendees will have to cover their travel costs and hotel accommodation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Who can apply?

Registration is open to any staff member of an African news organization, but in order to make this a fairly hands-on workshop, we are planning to limit attendance to 60 people. We ask that each news organization send no more than two people.

It is our mutual belief that you do not have to be a startup or an organization with a membership program to find this workshop helpful. The skill of designing for community and getting closer to audience members will be beneficial for any news organization trying to figure out a sustainable business model in 2019.

Interested in joining us? 

Register for the conference here. If you have any questions, please email Ariel at [email protected] and Fran Beighton at [email protected].

We will update this page in the coming weeks with additional logistical information, including hotel information, and a more detailed agenda. We’ll also e-mail that information to registered participants.

Looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town.

The Membership Puzzle Project and Daily Maverick

Published: 25 Jun '19
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Winners of our newsletter sweepstakes competition

Thanks to all who participated in our Newsletter Referral Programme. The draw took place on Friday 17th May and the winners are:

* His and hers Bell&Ross watches: Sharon Adlem, Kelin Brak River

* 10X Investments R15,000 Unit Trust: Gary Purtell, Durban
Gary said of his participation in the Newsletter Referral Programme, “I wouldn’t have spread the news if I didn’t think Daily Maverick’s content was worth it!”

* R2,500 Book Hamper: Dhasagan Pillay, Johannesburg
Dhasagan was thrilled to hear he was a winner and said: “You guys are an awesome, awesome read.”

We appreciate the support from our readers so much. After all, we wouldn’t exist without you.

The Henley 3 year MBA is still – after 5 draws – looking for its owner. None of the 5 names that we drew were able to take up the MBA, so we’ll continue to draw names and update readers here.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our sponsors, partners and readers for helping us #spreadthenews.

Published: 29 May '19
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Announcement

Business Maverick and Business Leadership SA launch “Business against Corruption”

President Cyril Ramaphosa has made the fight against corruption a priority and his commitment to establishing a directorate within the National Prosecuting Authority aimed at dealing with corruption is a step in the right direction. What can big business do to work in tandem with government in the fight against corruption?

On 27 June, we will address the issues of fighting corruption and policy implementation for sustainable economic growth. “Business Against Corruption” will be a day for business leaders to discuss topics pivotal to corruption, ranging from fighting corruption at a government as well as private sector level, and the responsibility to create a safe space for whistleblowers, to name only a few.

“BLSA commits to putting its resources to such a cause because it is against corruption, malfeasance, fraud and state capture whether it is happening in public or private sector. That’s the reason why we decided to be part of this project – and hold corporate citizenries accountable” says BLSA CEO, Bonang Mohale.

10X Investments, the disruptive asset manager and event co-sponsor, welcomed Daily Maverick’s decision to turn the spotlight on to business after lifting the lid on state capture and other corrupt practices.

“Daily Maverick has done great work bringing corruption and dishonesty in the political sphere to the public’s attention. The authorities have had no choice but to start acting against perpetrators,” said Steven Nathan, 10X’s founder and chief executive officer. “I believe that business leaders should be held to the same high standards.”

Nathan added that while much corruption within government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had been exposed, people forget that it takes two to tango and that there are two sides to corruption. Now, more than ever it is crucial for business to become more vocal and play a proactive role in fighting corruption at all levels.

The event aims to help mobilise business to take a more proactive stance against corruption and to help build a stronger, more inclusive economy.

Speakers highlights include:

Minister Pravin Gordhan, Public Enterprises
Advocate Shamila Batohi, National Director of Public Prosecutions
Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, Department of Public Service and Administration (Invited)
Bonang Mohale, CEO, BLSA
Dr Achieng Ojwang, Executive Director: UN Global Compact Network
Advocate Andy Mothibi, Chief Executive and Head of the Special Investigations Unit

“This is an important event for Daily Maverick, as we have been committed to the continued fight against corruption. Scorpio, our investigative journalism arm was formed with the clear objective of bringing corruption cases to light. Our journalists work around the clock to ensure all leads are investigated thoroughly,” says Tim Cohen, editor of Business Maverick.

The event takes place on June 27 at Summer lace in Hyde Park. Only a limited amount of tickets are still available. Visit Quicket to book your ticket today.

Published: 27 May '19

Breaking: Tim Cohen and Pieter-Louis Myburgh join Daily Maverick as part of newsroom expansion

Respected financial journalist and editor Tim Cohen has joined Daily Maverick’s newly established Business Maverick as of 1 March 2019.

Previously editor of Business Day and the Financial Mail, Cohen returns to Daily Maverick after being part of the original launch team in 2009.

Business Maverick which launches later in the month will look to complement the existing Daily Maverick editorial offering and attract new readers.  

Says Cohen:

“As one of the founder members of Daily Maverick, I’m very excited to be part of the launch of the business dimension, Business Maverick. We intend to bring Daily Maverick’s analysis-rich, data-driven, insightful and fun style of journalism to Business Maverick. We hope to provide new insights, some investigations and broad business and economic analysis to the publication, building on Daily Maverick’s increasingly respected brand.”

As Daily Maverick expands its editorial team, business coverage is a natural extension given the political nature of the South African economy and how business is influenced by policy.

In addition to Cohen’s appointment, DM is growing its newsroom in other areas.

The Scorpio team welcomes Pieter-Louis Myburgh, an exciting addition to our award-winning investigative unit. Having previously collaborated with the team during the #GuptaLeaks, Myburgh has gained a great reputation through his definitive investigations in State Security, State Capture and especially Free State machinations.

Says Myburgh:

“Daily Maverick and Scorpio’s recent work on the #GuptaLeaks, SARS, VBS and the law enforcement environment, to name just a few examples, places it on the forefront of credible, reliable investigative reportage in South Africa. I am thrilled to join this dynamic and important news platform.”

Daily Maverick is in the process of expanding its newsroom with new product verticals in the areas of Business Lifestyle and Civil Society – with other exciting plans for 2019.

Says Branko Brkic, Daily Maverick editor-in-chief :

“Bucking international and local trends, we’re on an aggressive growth path and look forward to finally executing our long-standing plans to establish Daily Maverick as South Africa’s most exciting and trustworthy news platform. Expect much more from us.”

Daily Maverick’s editorial team has grown in 2019 – eight new interns have started in the Cape Town and Joburg offices, joining Nkateko Mabasa and Suné Payne who graduated to full-time reporters after successful internships in 2018.

Published: 07 Mar '19
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Announcement

CHRONICLE IS HIRING: Daily Maverick Podcast Host & Producer

Chronicle is looking to hire a podcast host and producer for a new daily evergreen news podcast by Daily Maverick. It will go out to a sizeable audience of website and newsletter subscribers every day, Monday to Friday.

Chronicle is an award-winning boutique film and digital production studio. Sister company to SA’s premier news and analysis publication, Daily Maverick, Chronicle is currently producing and directing several international documentary films and developing a suite of podcast and digital video products.

Reporting to the editor of Daily Maverick and the MD of Chronicle, the candidate will be required to host and help produce five 20-minute episodes each week, interviewing Daily Maverick reporters, editors and staff, Opinionistas and others in or around the DM network. They’ll be required to help assemble the weekly diary and make important editorial decisions for the show, contributing to every part of the product alongside a passionate team of editorial and creative staff. In short: They’ll be the heart and soul of the podcast, the first of its kind in South Africa.

The position is a 6-month contract, with the option of converting to a permanent post. It will require, but not be limited to:

  • Hosting a 20-minute daily podcast and conducting interviews in person and via telecomms in real time, Monday to Friday
  • Staying abreast of local and global news and analysis
  • Helping to make key editorial and stylistic decisions about the show and setting up the weekly news diary
  • Overseeing and contributing to pre-production, script writing, production and post-production
  • Marketing and promoting the podcast via personal platforms
  • Developing networks of sources and stories to draw from
  • Hosting or appearing at events and related marketing opportunities

Interested candidates should send their CV, covering letter and a portfolio or examples of past works that show their suitability to fulfil this role, to [email protected] If you really want to impress us, present us with something fabulously creative that lets us know how you think Daily Maverick should sound.

Please note:

  • Remuneration will be dependent on level of experience
  • We reserve the right to freeze or not hire in the role
  • Preference will be given to Employment Equity Candidates
  • Should you not receive a response from us within three weeks of your application, unfortunately, your application has been unsuccessful.

Published: 08 Feb '19