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Sports Journalist


Job Profile


Sports Journalist

Position reports to

Programmes Manager

Purpose of the Role

To research, compile and present sports bulletins on air.

Core Requirements

National Certificate or equivalent in Journalism, Media Studies or Sports Science

– 2 to 3 year’s journalistic experience

– Valid and legal driver’s licence

– Excellent knowledge of Sport

– Excellent computer knowledge (Internet; MS Word; MS Outlook; Excel)

Language Skills

High level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English and isiZulu

Competencies Required

Core/ Critical Key Performance Areas:

Compiling and editing sports news

– Adhere to strict deadlines

– Compilation of special packages

– Plan and execute crossings

– Interviewing sports personalities and stakeholders

– Compile daily and weekend diaries

– Write stories as per Gagasi newsroom standards and applicable style guide

– Proof read and edit all audio before going on-air

– Ensure sporting variety when compiling bulletins when relevant

– Ensure bulletins maintain 50/50 language ratio of English and isiZulu

Source and research relevant information

– Attend games, sporting events, briefings and conferences

– Investigate and follow up leads or related tip offs

– Background research using social media, the internet and the news wires

– Compile and update database of sources

– Develop and maintain relations with other sports news rooms

On-air delivery

– Accurate and eloquent delivery of all bulletins

– Be credible and authoritative on air

– Ensure that ICASA regulations are adhered to at all times (as per style guide)

– Ensure arrival in studio 5 minutes before delivery

Provide relevant departmental support

– Update on-air personalities on breaking Sports stories when required

– Ensure external appearances and related station activities are professionally conducted

Social media and Digital

– Manage and update all social media sports content where required

– Recording of content for digital platforms

– To grow traffic and maximize presence on all digital platforms


– General knowledge

– Assertiveness

– Impartial

– Consistency

– Decisiveness

– Disciplined

– Independent

– People orientation

– Pragmatic

– Risk orientation

– Tolerant

– Attention to detail

– Confidentiality

– Dedication

– Enthusiasm

– Flexible

– Integrity

– Patience

– Positive

– Professional

– Supportive


– isiZulu

– English

– Information gathering

– Listening

– Organising

– Problem solving

– Reading comprehension

– Scheduling own work activities

– Computer

– Co-ordination

– Driving

– Idea generation

– Information organisation

– Timekeeping

– Report writing


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