Journalism Careers – Sub-Editor at The New Vision

Job Title: Sub-Editor
Organisation: The New Vision Printing and Publishing
Company Ltd
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief Sub-Editor
About New Vision:
The Vision Group incorporated as the New Vision Printing &
Publishing Company Limited (NVPPCL), started business in March 1986. It is a
multimedia business housing newspaper, magazines, internet publishing,
television, radio broadcasting, commercial printing, advertising and
distribution services. NVPPCL is listed on the Uganda Stock Exchange, with an
expected turnover of over UGX 60 billion (FY 2010/2011).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The Sub-editor will prepare copy and
    design pages for publication according to New Vision house-style and in a
    professional way that meets audience and advertiser expectations and
    advances society
  • Prepare copy and pages for publication
    according to the newspaper’s house-style and editorial policy so as to
    ensure the paper is respected and credible
  • Make sure the copy is accurate, fair,
    balanced, objective, free of libel and structured in a logical, coherent
    manner which appeals to readers & attracts advertisers
  • Re-writing, restructuring and re-angling
    stories, where necessary, in consultation with the writers and
    supervisors, so as to make them compelling, readable, understandable and
    enjoyable
  • Design fresh, attractive and
    easy-to-navigate pages so that reading the newspaper is pleasurable and
    effortless
  • Exercise innovation and initiative and
    develop a high sense of news so as to be able to rank stories in terms of
    importance on the page, and determine the appropriate photos, graphics and
    other illustrations that best suit the stories.
  • Responsible for peer review, proof-read
    and double-check own and fellow sub-editors’ pages to eliminate typos,
    general errors, content that may be in bad taste and ensure the headlines
    best reflect the articles and that photos and other illustrations are both
    appropriate and rightly placed.
  • Manage deadlines by ensuring that
    pages-both at individual and section level-are produced and delivered to
    the Prepress in time and in the best quality.
  • Coach and interact with reporters to give
    them feedback on their stories in order to minimize mistakes and help them
    submit print-ready stories
  • Work closely with the photo editor to
    generate and provide pictures and graphics which best illustrate stories
  • Review the paper daily to identify and
    correct errors if any
  • Write at least one news feature a month
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s
    degree preferably in Journalism, English Language or Literature in
    English.
  • At least three years of experience in
    journalism preferably as a writer or reporter or sub-editor
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and
    negotiation skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving
    skills
  • Possess the ability to work a flexible schedule
    and under tight deadlines.
  • Be proficient in computer applications and
    ability to use desktop publishing software such as In-Design, Photoshop,
    etc
How to Apply:
All those reeling to work in Uganda’s leading media house, The New
Vision, should send applications to: Chief Human Resources Officer, The New
Vision Printing and Publishing Company Ltd. P.O. Box 9815, Kampala, Uganda or
deliver to their front desk at the main reception.
Deadline: 15th August 2014

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