Entry Level Sports Writer Job Careers – Monitor Publications Limited (MPL)

Job Title:    Sports Writer
Organisation: Monitor
Publications Limited (MPL)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Sports Editor
About Us:
Monitor Publications Limited (MPL), 
a Nation Media Group Company is Uganda’s most influential media house,
operating The Daily Monitor, Saturday Monitor and Sunday Monitor newspapers,
93.3KFM, 90.4 Dembe FM, Nation Couriers and the Monitor Business Directory.
Job Summary: The Sports
Writer will cover events, write and submit factual and balanced stories in the
assigned beat / title for publication within set deadlines.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
·        
Prepares
reports and writes news for the assigned title / beat in finished form, so that
no major rewrite is required or no extensive additional report is
needed.
·        
Takes
notes on location, carries out interviews, checks facts and tape records as the
case may be; writes news on own initiative, choice and judgment or at the
direction of the news editor.
·        
Ensures
that the material written reflects a thorough understanding of the MPL’s
style of journalism as defined in the editorial policy guidelines and
objectives, the house style and the journalistic code of ethical journalism.
·        
Researches
and provides background information to make copy complete.
·        
Briefs
the Sports editor on stories gathered and writes the selected ones within set
deadlines.
·        
Follows
news leads and maintains close contacts with news sources.
·        
Continually
builds his/her contacts list and demonstrate its value with consistent
exclusive reports or information.
·        
Responds
promptly to breaking news.
·        
Primarily
responsible for the correctness of facts, content and style of his/her news
materials.
·        
Closely
co-operates with photographers from whom he/she orders pictures on the issues
he/she covers.
·        
Performs
both independently and under supervision in accordance with general principles
and directives.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a
University Degree in Mass Communication or any related field from an accredited
institution
·        
Diploma in Journalism
·        
One to two years of daily newsroom experience,
with emphasis on writing and/or reporting.
·        
Passion
for writing coupled with a keen news sense
·        
Possesses
broad knowledge of local and regional issues and/or depth of knowledge
in beat specialty.
·        
Ability
to work accurately and under pressure
·        
Deadline
driven
·        
Computer
literacy skills
·        
Keen
eye for detail
·        
Excellent
spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.
·        
Must
be able to deal effectively with simultaneous tasks
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications, detailed CVs and academic documents with a daytime telephone
number via E-mail to: resourcing@ug.nationmedia.com
NB: Please note that only
short listed candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 2nd December 2016

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