August 01, 2017

Journalism Graduate programmes in SA

Journalism in South Africa is a highly respected industry with journalists of a high calibre

 The journalists that are doing well in the industry are often well-known journalism writers or broadcasters who produce compelling and intriguing journalism. As journalists get acclaimed within the industry and build a name for themselves, their careers can reach the next level as they become recognised by industry. These journalists are granted access to exclusive press briefings or interviews to provide news coverage on matters that concern the public, government or private sector.

Journalism is about telling the untold, revealing truths and informing the general public on revelations about matters in all sectors. With technological advancements, journalism graduates have the opportunity to leap into the online market as content producers, online media journalists or providing content for social media and variety of platforms.

You can aspire to be a journalist and succeed in obtaining a journalism qualification, but it takes much more determination and work for your career to gain progress. It is essential to study towards a journalism qualification with a college that has the relevant modules to prepare you for the workplace. Thereafter, getting work experience will be a helpful step to advance your journalism career.

When you are undergoing your work experience or internship, you can follow these steps that will help you establish your career in this field.

  • Learn from your mentors
  • Remember people’s names and make sure they remember yours
  • Go the extra mile and learn more than what’s required
  • Show keenness and enthusiasm so that you are considered for employment
  • Learn to write or speak well following the guidelines of the media house you are training in
  • Attend industry events and get to know people in the journalism industry
  • Read and watch the work other journalists produce
  • Engage in other writing and journalistic activities apart from what’s required- you can add this to your CV
  • Don’t worry about pay, focus on the experience of knowing more and gaining skills

Doing a graduate programme or internship may not offer you more than a monthly stipend for transportation, but it will give you priceless skills and knowledge that you need to go to the next level. It is vital to go through this phase as part of your practical learning in this field. The work sector recognises people with work experience as highly as they regard someone with a qualification, having both is crucial. This will be beneficial to your CV and increase the opportunities you have with potential employers.

Going through a work experience programme can be overwhelming if you are not used to the work environment, it is a pressure filled place where you are expected to adjust and deliver. However, it is important to complete the programme and not quit. After you have completed your  work-learning programme, you qualify for other employment opportunities that will initiate your work career.

Let’s have a look at the opportunities and fields that journalism graduates can go into:



Social Media Intern

We are looking for a social media savvy, highly creative and bubbly Social Media Intern to join the Velocity Media team in order to maintain and grow our own social media channels (, Joburg’s Darling and Cape Town’s Darling and more) as well as to assist with client accounts. With a massive growth opportunity, we require somebody with strong editorial skills, who is innovative and has the ability to work well under pressure.

Location: Johannesburg, Randburg
Education level: Degree
Job level: Junior – Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Type: Social Media Internship
Reference: Social Media Intern


Compiling and scheduling posts across multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat) – Active Engagement
Replying to messages and engaging with our communities – Re-active Engagement.
Monitoring strategies campaigns across multiple platforms and brands.
Conceptualisation and implementation of creative/innovative campaigns to grow the following of our/clients’ pages and increase brand awareness.
Assisting to maintain campaigns/strategies/social media activations for clients.
Analysing and Reporting.
Public Relations.


1 -3 years’ experience in similar role
A degree/diploma/certificate in social media or digital marketing /advertising / journalism
Up to date with all new developments in the industry and social media platforms.
Working knowledge of paid media.
Experience in Photo / video editing.
Experience in Copy writing.
Experience in Sales.
Working knowledge in website and social media analytics.
Addiction to technology and their social media accounts.
Experience in Web design and SEO.

Personal Skills/Attributes:

Able to work well independently as well as within a team
Well-presented and spoken
Deadline driven
Strong digital acumen
Performance driven
Willingness to learn


Speak multiple languages
SEO experience
Knowledge of Google Analytics
Knowledge of PPC advertising (AdWords, Facebook)

Salary is dependent on experience.

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Content Writing Internship

Eventerprise - Cape Town, Western Cape

Eventerprise is a bold new digital platform that is turning the global events industry on its head. Our mission possible is to create the world's first comprehensive community dedicated to connecting event hosts with the right event service, - product or venue.

Our successful talent incubation philosophy is to combine highly experienced leaders with talented young guns who want to learn fast, wide, and deep - and help create a world class digital platform at the same time. If you're an adventurous recent graduate or final year student with an interest in the digital economy, and would like to hone your content writing skills with a cutting-edge SaaS company, get in touch to discover more about our international internship programme, based in one of the world's most beautiful cities.

So, what will you be doing except for making coffee and tea for the rest of the team? Just kidding, everyone's treated the same in our flat hierarchy. The only coffee and tea you will be making is your own - lots of it. We are much more interested in teaching you new skills and processes, and challenging you with exciting tasks and projects. When people think event planning, we want them to think Eventerprise. Your role will be to make that happen through great writing and other content related activities – think of it as an incubator for your future career!

People we enjoy working with:

Are not afraid of hard-working, fast-paced environments
Thrive on new challenges
Are inquisitive and collaborative
Respect and support their team mates
Are serious about contributing to something bigger than themselves
Take goals and deadlines (and not themselves) seriously
The ability to think out of the box


Recent graduate or final year student in any of the following fields - English literature, creative/business/professional writing, journalism, communications, media, marketing, advertising, public relations or any other relevant field.

If you are a business graduate or student, with strong writing skills and an interest in digital content, we would like to hear from you too.

Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong research skills
Attention to detail and accuracy
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Some experience of content production, - distribution or - marketing
Experience using digital content tools, e.g. WordPress
An interest in the digital economy

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Finance editorial internship

Capetown, South Africa
Salary: 4500 Hourly
Recruiter: Isilukmo Staffing (CPT)
Job Ref: CT000503/WC

Our client seeks a well-rounded individual to complete an internship, who has studied Journalism to write and report around the field of money and general business issues. This Internship is an excellent opportunity to gain general journalism and online news skills and to work in the field of personal money and general business issues.

Finance Editorial Internship (Business Finance) |EEA

Period: 6 months - 1 year internship (which will be reconsidered after a year for renewal / permanent appointment)

Start date: Continuous Recruitment

Salary: R4 500 per month
Place of work: Cape Town, within a Media company
Report: The successful candidate will report to the editor of the division.

Job Summary:

Our client seeks a well-rounded individual to complete an internship, who has studied Journalism to write and report around the field of money and general business issues. This Internship is an excellent opportunity to gain general journalism and online news skills and to work in the field of personal money and general business issues.

Key Skills Required:

Creative, interpersonal and communication skills, time-management skills.
Excellent writing and article formulating skills - Magazine and feature writing
Have a good SA-focussed writing style and voice
Has a liking for finance/ money/business
Exceptional content creation skills
Good handle on social media content creation and editorial integration
Be naturally curious

Duties and Responsibilities:

Online work and in the excitement of a live website
Get the chance to manage the social media department (especially Facebook and Twitter) and publish online publishing and publishing.
Get the opportunity to accompany experienced journalists on stories and conferences on money matters
Write reports and rubrics that will especially keep young people in the field of personal money issues
Also exposed to general news reports.
Deadline-driven and able to contribute enthusiastically to meetings.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)

Diploma in Journalism/Corporate communications /Business
Preference will be given to a young graduate with a degree / diploma with trade subjects and economics.
Candidate needs experience in reporting, magazine and feature writing
Candidate must be computer literate and have basic Microsoft Windows Word.
Good communication skills
Have a problem solving / getting it done no matter what attitude.
Valid Code B Driver’s License (A bonus)

Attach the following to the email above:

Detailed CV
South African ID document
Matric Certificate
Tertiary qualification
Shortlisting candidates will be contacted if criteria's are met

Candidate requirement:

South African Citizen
Clear criminal record
Relevant qualification
A willingness to report about money and numbers
Must be active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and/or Instagram
Reside in areas surrounding Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa (Will not accept relocation)

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Bloggers / Writers / Mobile Journalists

Join a team of bloggers, writers and mobile journalists who covers every day-to-day stories around them. With different categories from News, Politics, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Business, Health/ Food, Sports and Opinions, you will definitely find your preferred category to establish your writing profile at EBNewsDaily SA.

This is a voluntary post, aimed at helping you gain the writing experience in the journalism field you need. This young site has grown notably from its establishment in 2016, with dedicated writers who have gotten the exposure they have always wanted in the writing field. Your posts will be read by a huge online community.

Think you will be interested? Here are the little requirements at be considered.

Be Creative. Be able to make stories, articles and drafting out facts from a situation.
Be social. A profile in Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn would be great.
Age from 18-35.
Be able to use internet for research purposes. Preferably with a smartphone or a PC / Laptop
Students in Journalism would be an advantage, however, not a decisive requirement.

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Trainee/Student journalist

Africa News Week - Johannesburg, Gauteng 

Looking for a student journalist to help run a growing news publication and podcast covering news and current affairs from Africa.

This would suit somebody training to be a journalist and looking for somewhere to have work published.

The successful candidate will act as a correspondent for South Africa. You will need to liaise with press officers, emergency services, politicians and people on the ground in South Africa.

Social media skills would be a great plus.

Please note that this is unpaid but in return, you will be given a platform to publish your work and training and guidance will be given. Possibilities of video training, data journalism and general writing and reporting.

To apply, please send in a CV and an example of your work.

Job Type: Internship

Salary: R0.00 /month

Job Location:

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Required education: Bachelor's

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Digital Marketing Internship 

RT7Digital - Cape Town, Western Cape 

Calling all Digital Marketing enthusiast!

Are you looking for an opportunity to be exposed to the wondrous world of digital marketing?

Are you Tech Savy?

Do you have a “go getter” attitude?

Are you hands on and hungry to learn?

If you replied yes to all the above…. RT7 Digital wants YOU! Yes, You! To lend a helping hand to our small yet vibrant team of Content writers, Analysts, Designers and all round digital gurus.

You will have a chance to learn and be exposed to:

Marketing Strategies

Blog writing and editing

Content creation

Customer relations

Data analysing using tools like Google Analytics

SEO strategies

Social Media management

Brand Management

RT7Digital is a digital marketing agency who like to rethink and redefine online marketing. We are a team of young, vibrant and ever so interesting characters who have all come together to take our clients’ digital portfolios to the next level. We are more than a company; we are a family and support a learning environment.


A good understanding of the online world

Relevant experience within the digital marketing industry

A keen mind who is ready to tackle a wide portfolio of customer’s online relations

A firm grasp on the intricacies of the English language

The ability to work independently as well as within a team

Proficient in social media platforms, especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and WordPress

A positive attitude

A keen attention to detail

Excellent communication skills

An excellent work ethic

Good time management and organisational skills

The ability to manage themselves while juggling multiple tasks and deadlines and the desire to learn

Added bonus: We have an amazing (slightly overworked) coffee machine, a foosball table and run a serious table tennis championship.

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Super Marketing Intern 

The Back Clinic - Parkmore, Gauteng 

We are looking for a young, dynamic intern to assist The Back Clinic with our marketing and communication initiatives.

The job entails:

Crafting marketing materials in perfect English (We are particular about this!) And communicating with clients and patients over social media, via email and face to face.

To get the job:

1. You must know Google AdWords - you'll be doing a lot of work on this after all.

2. You'll have design experience or an eye for it.

3. You'll know what Facebook ads look like and the importance of targeting.

4. You own a smart phone and love taking videos.

5. You have a car.

6. You love people.

7. Submit a CV and supporting information in whatever format you choose (video, voice note, writing sample, etc) that lets us know how creative YOU CAN BE and how you think on your feet.

Job Type: Internship

Required experience:

Digital Marketing: 1 year
Google Adwords: 1 year

Required licence or certification:

Driver's License and Car

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About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

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