Politics and Society Editor at AMAKA Studio

  • Remote
  • remote

Website Amaka Studio

AMAKA is a digital multimedia publisher dedicated to developing content for women, by women from Africa and the African diaspora. AMAKA aims to fill the gap by adopting a digital-first, multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to content creation, storytelling, and editorial production, offering our audience with purposeful and insightful stories that represent various African and Afro-diasporic female communities. We serve the vision and voice of the modern African woman.

We are looking for a full-time Politics and Society Editor to join our friendly, hard-working and ambitious editorial team. The Politics and Society Editor will be responsible for ideating/contributing stories, commissioning writers, and editing. You will also be expected to research/lead editorial broadcast programmes, as well as regularly write/contribute news briefs and longer-form features.

An ideal candidate must have the following:

● At least five years of experience working in editorial either as an editor or sub-editor.

● Encyclopedic knowledge of current affairs, politics, social issues, human rights and trends in Africa and across the African diaspora, particularly focusing on women, girls and children.

● Sharp editorial skills in writing and sub-editing and an acute eye for detail.

● Highly process-oriented and very well-organized, with a strong ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

● A natural leader.

● First-class communication skills with a natural ability to work collaboratively within the team and with external contacts or talent.

● A flexible and positive attitude especially when facing changing priorities and

challenges.

● Commissioning experience is desired.

● Strong multimedia journalism skills across video, audio, experiential and social.

● Comfortability working in a fast-paced startup environment.

● The ability to write and edit French content is preferred but not essential.

 

Job description:

● Lead and ensure the Politics and Society content pillar is updated on a consistent basis.

● Editing news stories and features from writers/contributors in accordance with the established procedures and standards outlined in AMAKA’s editorial style guide, AP style guide and SEO guidance document.

● Ideate/contribute news stories and features to the Politics and Society content pillar.

● Guide, support, commission and assign news stories and features to writers/contributors.

● Regularly write breaking news stories/news briefs and long-form articles (e.g. critical essays).

● Support/Lead with research and building contacts with people and talent on the continent and across the diaspora for editorial broadcast programmes.

● Work collaboratively with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to ensure AMAKA’s editorial direction of the content pillars and broadcast editorial programmes are successfully and efficiently delivered.

● Keep up-to-date with the latest current affairs, politics, social issues, human rights and trends in Africa and across the African diaspora.

● Provide support and guidance with regard to social media, marketing, PR and design.

● Ensure compliance with best practices and standards in journalism.

Please forward your CV along with a cover letter to renee@amaka.studio

To apply for this job email your details to renee@amaka.studio

Politics and Society Editor at AMAKA Studio

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