Health-eNews LogoHealth-e News Service has been a leader in health reporting providing print and television content to national print and television outlets since 2000. In 2012, Health-e News launched its OurHealth citizen journalism programme. Today, more than 20 citizen journalists nationwide are part of the programme and receive regular mentoring by Health-e News staff. Together with staff content, OurHealth stories are now syndicated nationwide through Health-e News clients.

Health-e News is currently recruiting for the position of health writer. Responsible for writing regular print features and news pieces as well as promoting Health-e through social media, the writer works closely with the OurHealth Project Manager as well as other unit heads and reports to the Managing Editor.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Produce well-researched print news stories and features on health issues per month. Where necessary, you may be asked to travel, take photographs and/or conduct audio/ video recordings;
  • Work with the OurHealth Project Manager and citizen journalist network;
  • Oversee Health-e News social media presence;
  • Load stories on website;
  • Assist in pitching Health-e News copy to print clients, helping to ensure that monthly quotas are met;
  • Guide the service‚Äôs news agenda in consultation with the managing editor, including identifying topics of coverage for citizen journalists;


The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least five years experience in journalism. Preference will be given to those with proven experience with health reporting;
  • Familiarity with the South African media landscape;
  • Experience in social media;
  • Professionalism, including the ability to liaise with high-level clients;
  • Ability to work well in a small team, work well under pressure and juggle multiple tasks;
  • Passion for mentoring younger journalists;
  • Ability to speak SeSotho or an Nguni language, as well as experience with WordPress and multimedia will be advantages.

Interested applicants are asked to send a CV and cover letter with three references to by 20 May. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed and asked to complete a series of written tests. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline is 5pm 20 May 2016