M&G is hiring: Deputy chief sub-editor

The Mail & Guardian is looking to hire a deputy chief sub-editor for the print edition.

Role: To assist the chief sub-editor to supervise the day-to-day work of the sub-editing team for the print edition of the M&G.

Key outputs

  • Control quality to ensure that copy-editing and layout/design are of a high standard
  • Edit copy and lay out/design pages according to M&G style
  • Proofread and pass pages
  • Use a workflow system to control page production and copy-editing
  • Ensure that deadlines of all in-house M&G products are met
  • Liaise with advertising about pagination
  • Deal with the administrative duties of the subs’ desk, including managing freelance sub-editors and proofreaders

Qualifications and experience

  • Minimum of six years’ experience on a news or subs’ desk
  • Experience using a workflow system


  • Up-to-date knowledge of media law
  • Interest in and understanding of the role of design in media


  • Excellent subbing skills for copy, headline writing, standfirsts and captions
  • Excellent knowledge of InDesign or similar layout software
  • People management experience is essential
  • Excellent time-management skills

Behavioural attributes

  • Highly organised
  • Innovative and creative
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Ability to work with a highly skilled team
  • Interested in the future of media

The appointment will be done in line with the M&G Media Ltd Employment Equity Policy and remuneration will be commensurate with the position.

The closing date for applications is April 5 2012, and can be sent here.

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