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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

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


    • 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.


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