Story Editor: Décor & Lifestyle Publication (307 views)

Cape Town, South Africa
Mar 12, 2018

Previously disadvantaged candidates will be given preference.

A very exciting position for a junior to mid-weight Story Editor has become available at a leading, high-end, décor, design and lifestyle publication in Cape Town. The role will see you conceptualising, researching, writing, commissioning, producing, editing and uploading relevant and engaging content across all the publication’s platforms (including both Digital and Print) that is in line with the brand identity and supports the publisher’s aim of delivering to an engaged audience. We’re looking for someone with an interest in interiors, architecture and design and a passion for great writing. The successful candidate has both online and print writing experience. This is such a lovely opportunity at a great publication – not to be missed!


  • Conceptualise and generate story/content ideas across all the publication’s platforms, from print to social media, website to Instagram, video to Facebook, Twitter to digital newsletter
  • Research, write, produce and edit original, innovative and engaging stories/content (including commercial content) in line with the brand
  • Source and research houses, people, places, trends and products for content across all platforms
  • Ensure ‘newsworthy’ content is constantly being created for the brand by providing ideas and creating stories for relevant sections of both the digital (e.g. Instagram Stories, website) and print platforms
  • Commissioning of content: find the correct writer (within budget) when commissioning stories, build relationships with contributors and source new contributors for the brand
  • Commercial content: create webvertorials and content marketing campaigns for clients as required, ensuring that correct links, credits, logos, images etc are used
  • Edit and upload (in the case of digital content) all content produced or commissioned
  • Present print stories in a form ready for layout by rewriting, writing or asking the writer to rewrite, adding side bars and any extras needed to maximise features to full editorial and visual effect
  • Present digital stories with all relevant images, links and hashtags
  • Ensure all digital content meets SEO and social media best practice guidelines
  • Constantly look for opportunities for digital and print to talk to and enhance each other
  • Read and monitor competitive magazines and media brands to keep abreast of new ideas and trends, as well as international media outlets focused on design, art and architecture
  • Meet all deadlines as set out by the Managing Editor and Digital Editor
  • Work with the Editor, Deputy Editor and Digital Editor to ensure every piece of content is maximised across print and digital platforms
  • Support the Editor, Deputy Editor and Online Editor as needed
  • Attend relevant events and be the ‘face’ of the brand as required
  • Provide live social media coverage from events
  • Contribute to regular digital strategy updates
  • Brainstorm cross-platform commercial opportunities with greater editorial and marketing team
  • Business and commercial awareness
  • Submit all invoices for commissioned content to Managing Editor timeously to ensure that these are processed on time for payment

The successful candidate must have/be:

  • Relevant Diploma/Degree
  • 2 years of features-editing experience or three years of writing and content-production experience in an editorial environment
  • Both online and print writing experience
  • Interest in interiors, architecture and design
  • Honest and accurate reporting
  • Excellent interviewing skills
  • Excellent editing skills
  • Excellent writing style
  • Social Media savvy
  • Creative thinker
  • Commercially driven
  • Familiar with creating content using digital tools and CMS platforms such as WordPress
  • Basic knowledge of Google Analytics is an advantage
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Able to brief, guide and motivate writers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to work well within a small and busy team
  • Good general knowledge

Please submit a relevant writing portfolio on application.

Should you not receive a response within one week, please consider your application unsuccessful.



Salary: Negotiable