SIBC needs an experienced journalist.
We require one with tertiary qualifications, several years experience in a ‘live’ newsroom and excellent English and Pijin.
Someone with journalism qualifications and a supervisory background including experience in the role of sub-editor will have an advantage.
See job description below:
RESPONSIBLE TO: Editor News and Current Affairs
TERMS OF REFERENCE: The Senior Journalist is the highest ranking journalist in the News and Current Affairs Unit who responds to and cooperates with the Editor to ensure all news bulletins and current affairs programs are well written and produced and cover the main issues of the day in government, provinces, communities and different sectors viz. commerce, agriculture, forestry, marine and fisheries, transport, aviation, communication, shipping, politics, parliament. The Senior Journalist mentors reporters and journalists who work with them ensuring they imbue the principles of the SIBC and abide by journalistic ethics.
JOB DESCRIPTION: the Senior Journalist will:
- conduct at least one recorded interview each day of a national issue for current affairs which also produces a written story
- write three substantial stories per week on matters of politics and government in SI
- write a minimum of one story daily on regional trade or government issues
- write daily items on project activities by productive sector ministries and the activities of service delivery ministries e.g. roads, bridges, wharves, transport etc
- read news bulletins and compile current affairs programs as agreed with Editor
- mentors Reporters and Journalists by subbing and checking grammar for them each day
- interpret the English news and write explanations in conversational Pijin in easy-to-read and understand formulations. Also to read the Pijin news as required
- attend official media conferences and functions of Government, the High Court, Diplomatic representatives and the Governor General
- act as Editor in the event of the Editor’s illness or inability to attend to the daily bulletins, current affairs programs or Parliamentary sessions
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
- The job descriptions above also contain their KPIs.
EVALUATION: All the above outputs will be under the close scrutiny of the Editor who will report on performances of reporters and journalists in the twice yearly staff appraisals.
QUALIFICATIONS: The Senior Journalist will have a degree plus several years experience as a journalist, with experience in major coverage of events such as disasters, general elections, parliament meetings, community activities, government launching and official openings, visits of diplomats and dignitaries.
Attributes: a Senior Journalist is a multi-media consumer every day who is able to discuss what is happening in business, provincial governments, Ministries, NGOs and SOEs and communities within SI, regionally and overseas. He/she is an avid user of websites to locate analysis of information, can use statistical information and academic writing to construct news and current affairs programs in layman’s language. The most important attribute of a senior journalist is the extensive networks he or she has built up in their journey up the ranks in journalism.
Those interested can obtain further information from the SIBC Administrator, Edith Maitani on phone 20051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should be addressed to ‘The Administrator, SIBC, PO Box 654, Honiara. Send with a CV, copies of certifications and references from current or previous employers no later than 29th September. Applications received after this date will NOT be considered.
SIBC is an equal opportunity employer and we have almost as many women on staff as men. Women are therefore encouraged to apply.