Apply for our Rainbow fellowship

The Rainbow Fellowship

Position summary
In the early 1990s, after the first non-racial lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations were founded in South Africa, LGBTI journalists at the then Weekly Mail approached the newspaper’s editors and received a commitment that the publication would regularly cover emerging LGBTI issues. The newspaper has upheld that commitment since then. This year, the Mail & Guardian is excited to announce a partnership with The Other Foundation for a journalism fellowship focusing on LGBTI and related issues. The fellowship will be awarded to a mid-level journalist for one year from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017.

R25 000 a month, cost to company

Main responsibilities

  • Write two to three strong stories a month for the newspaper
  • Create compelling daily content for the M&G digital platforms
  • Think creatively about digital story outputs including galleries, social media, podcasts and videos
  • Liaise with activists and other stakeholders in the LGBTI community and remain up to date on relevant issues
  • Deliver a weekly diary with strong story ideas
  • Contribute to special editorial projects and editions as needed
  • Contribute to multimedia projects as needed

Required skills

  • Knowledge of media law and ethics
  • First-class English language skills
  • A thorough understanding of the Mail & Guardian news brand

Highly advantageous experience and skills

  • Multimedia
  • Strong organisational proficiency
  • An extensive network of contacts
  • Experience at a national news publication

Characteristics and competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Exceptional planning and implementation skills
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical ability

Required qualifications

  • A degree in journalism or similar qualification

The appointment will be in line with M&G Media Ltd’s employment equity policy. Applicants must be based in Johannesburg.

Applications should be sent to Agness Jura-Ganje at [email protected] no later than May 15, 2016.

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