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Position: Senior Editors
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Do you want to shape cutting-edge digital storytelling across the continent? Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for two full-time Anglophone Senior Editors who will oversee our StoryLab team, to mentor pioneering journalists on special projects in our partner newsrooms across the continent.
The candidate may be based at any of the StoryLab’s primary hubs in Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa. We’re also open to exceptional applicants from elsewhere in Africa.
Candidates must have demonstrable experience in mainstream newsdesk management, with proven success working on diverse editorial initiatives that consistently produce high-quality and impactful content on tight deadlines, with a special knack for nurturing and mentoring storytellers.
Proficiency in additional international languages, such as French or Arabic, will be a plus.
The StoryLab is part of CfA’s Data Academy, which spearheads our training partnerships and data analysis and storytelling initiatives. It also includes CfA communities such as the WanaData women data science/storytelling network and the africanDRONE civic drone community, as well as the sensors.AFRICA sensor journalism initiative, with a network of more than 50 newsroom and university partners across Africa. The Data Academy is also custodian of other major CfA public infrastructure, such as the continent’s largest open data portal, openAFRICA, and Africa’s largest census data portal, HURUMap.
The successful candidate will manage a small transnational team of copy editors and other editorial experts, with additional support from CfA data analysts, digital designers, software engineers and other technologists.
The successful candidates will build and manage a small, agile team of digital editors and copy editors in the StoryLab, who will help conceptualise and co-produce transnational journalism projects by working closely with CfA’s WanaData and newsroom Fellows (story grantees) or other project partners.
The team will receive technical and logistic support from CfA’s data, design, technology, drone, sensor and audience engagement teams, and will often work closely with our pan-African forensic investigator at the iLAB, as well as our network of fact-checkers and mis-/disinformation researchers in 12 African countries.
The StoryLab will supervise all CfA storytelling-based deliverables, including brainstorming editorial ideas and research strategies, briefing/debriefing field reports, editing and reviewing the resulting content and helping journalists develop creative briefs for accompanying multimedia content. The teams and projects will be implemented across multiple time-zones, with the StoryLab often coordinating efforts by multiple collaborating newsrooms.
Key duties include setting editorial targets, production schedules and publication deadlines; monitoring the resulting editorial output to ensure it meets agreed standards and relevance; and supporting the editorial components of our knowledge products such as courseware or research.
The Senior Editor’s experience means they have final sign-off on all storytelling production, publication, and syndication of editorial packages.
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Please fill in this form by 28 February 2021