Announcements & Events

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Daily Maverick is recruiting a Marketing Ninja

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Help Daily Maverick execute strategic growth objectives of its membership programme and business objectives through marketing magic. Reporting to Membership Manager and working with event managers and editors to launch new editorial and business products.

Ancillary roles will include content marketing projects where the opportunity arises, eg podcast or Maverick Life video projects.

Remuneration: Dependent on experience (mid-senior level position)

Starting date: ASAP

Location: Cape Town-based may include travel

Detailed tasks

  • Identify new opportunities and campaigns to
    Increase Maverick Insider memberships
  • Drive awareness and ticket sales to various events and webinars
  • Grow newsletter sign-ups through partnerships
  • Content marketing opportunities
  • Implement marketing strategies to promote Maverick Insider
  • Write a variety of copy including post- article footers, banner ads and direct mailers.
  • Oversee, develop and execute long and short-term marketing strategies for all pillars of Daily Maverick
  • Drive the events and webinar marketing
  • Ensure the companies brand and corporate identity are strongly represented in all communications
  • Explore new opportunities to promote the brand across various touch points
  • Analyse, evaluate and report on marketing campaigns and activities
  • Develop initiatives to grow awareness of Daily Maverick and it’s offering to the South African market
  • Preparing marketing and advertising promotional material
  • Drive partnerships and trade exchanges with like-minded brands, companies and sponsors
  • Ability to represent the brand at various events and functions
  • Grow database of clients and sponsors who align with the brand values and ethos of Daily Maverick

SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES

  • Commercially-minded making decisions with positive real-world impact
  • Handle many diverse projects at once
  • Be an organised multitasker
  • Work well independently and across the diverse teams at Daily Maverick
  • Have experience with and knowledge of a wide range of marketing functions including communications, branding, digital marketing and social media
  • Knowledge of traditional and digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing
  • Past work experience as a marketing coordinator or similar role (1 year +)
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Analytical skills to synthesize and interpret marketing data
  • Enthusiastic team member with the interpersonal skills to build and nurture relationships within the company and with external partners
  • Strong prioritization and time-management skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Solutions orientated, with an ability to approach problems logically and with structured thinking

Please apply with short bio and CV here.

Published: 20 Jan '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

Announcement

DAILY MAVERICK IS HIRING: Night Editor 

As the title suggests, your talents and commitment are needed up to Cinderella hour (sometimes a bit later, sometimes a bit earlier). The night editor position is a hands-on, multi-faceted job in a tight operation so all-round news editing and meticulous production experience are essential. The night editor will ensure Daily Maverick’s vision is implemented.

DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Coordinating and overseeing the overnight publishing cycle

  • Assisting, and working closely with, the chief sub 

  • Ensuring that the publication’s standards are met 

  • Managing the production flow of DM by overseeing layout (artwork, design, photography) and finding ways to streamline and improve the production process.

  • Checking content for accuracy, errors and legals

  • Proofreading, editing, polishing stories

  • Editing and generating accurate and compelling headlines

  • Assisting in selecting and editing photos

  • Ensuring articles adhere to the Press Code and DM style, tone and ethics

  • Prioritising the news list on the front page 

  • Acting as a news editor after the managing editors have left, and liaising with them if needed

  • Keeping the website fresh, updated and relevant

  • Managing the night news diary and opinions section and commissioning articles in the evening and preparing a hand-over diary for the day team

  • Liaising with writers, photographers and contributors

  • Assisting with social media strategy

  • Archiving and other backend production processes

  • Assisting with production processes and strategy

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Solid experience as a news manager, preferably for an online publication

  • All-round editing and production experience (Photoshop proficiency important)

  • Excellent news judgment

  • Familiarity with, and interest in, the content of Daily Maverick 

  • Familiarity with journalistic ethics, the press code and media law

  • Critical, independent thinking

  • Strong bullshit-detection abilities

  • 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 quality and ensure there are no editorial slips – even when overseeing enough words to fill a book every evening.

YOUR APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • A 300-word motivation letter telling us why you would be the perfect fit as a night editor, and in particular, a night editor for Daily Maverick

  • References – at least three, including full contact details

  • A CV

  • Links to examples of your work 

Send your application to [email protected], with NIGHT EDITOR APPLICATION in the subject header.


Deadline: Monday 18 February, 2019. DM

Published: 01 Feb '19

Event

10X Investments announced as Headline Sponsor The Gathering : Media Edition 2018

Daily Maverick’s annual event is dedicated to supporting and showcasing a strong, independent media. It brings together leaders from politics, civil society, the business world and media for a day of engagement, networking, and debate that focuses on the importance of staying vigilant in a world where truth is constantly under attack.

Emma Heap, 10X Investments head of growth, says the disruptive asset manager’s sponsorship of The Gathering is a natural extension of the company’s continuing partnership with Daily Maverick. “Sponsoring The Gathering: Media Edition extends and expands on our dedication to honesty and transparency as we concentrate our efforts around the central theme of defending the truth,” she says.

The event will highlight the potential social consequences of the challenges in the media landscape. Steven Nathan, 10X Investments chief executive officer, will join business and political leaders at this year’s event. Other speakers who have already confirmed their participation include Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Phumzile van Damme, Chris Maroleng, Ferial Haffajee, Rana Ayyub, John Vlismas, Stephen Grootes, MarianneThamm, and many others.

Published: 29 Jun '18