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    Please email all editorial pitches to contribute@okayafrica.com, all job applications to jobs@okayafrica.com and all intern applications to interns@okayafrica.com. Please include the job you're applying for in the subject line. Click here for more information on what to pitch us.

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    Social Media Director for OkayAfrica and Okayplayer

    Social Media Director Job Description

    OkayAfrica & Okayplayer are seeking a motivated Social Media Director to lead audience development and engagement across OKP & OKA's digital platforms. The ideal candidate is passionate about our brand and has a vision for how to best promote our content in a crowded and competitive marketplace.

    The Social Media Director is a full-time position, that will work with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor on a daily basis to manage and establish traffic-generating partnerships. Okayplayer & OkayAfrica (OKP & OKA) places enormous value on our social media channels. We are counting on this individual to ignite conversations among our highly engaged and vocal audience, plus increase our social footprint across Twitter, Facebook (+Live), Instagram, YouTube and more.

    Responsibilities:

    ● Develop and oversee social media content calendars across all platforms and social media channels.

    ● Lead platform partnerships, and work with our leadership team to develop, maintain, and hone style guide for all social media platforms.

    ● Increase the visibility of OKP & OKA's feeds, content, and messaging through organized and intentional social media planning.

    ● Execution of media plans.

    ● Tracks progress of each project against goals, objectives, approved budgets, approved timelines. Reports status and variances. Creates action plans to meet objectives, budget and schedule providing weekly wrap-ups and recaps as needed.

    ● Train and develop staff to manage and assist as needed while establishing a sustainable process and system.

    ● Develop strategies that drive traffic back to the OKP & OKA website.

    ● Keeping up with breaking news from around the world.

    ● Attend and live-capture events for dispersion on social media networks.

    ● Oversee the development of emerging social platforms (i.e. TikTok).

    ● Oversee direct reports/freelancers in content planning, content production, community management, copywriting, metrics reporting & optimizations, and boosting strategy.

    ● Develop and grow influencer engagement with our social media platforms.

    Skills and Experience:

    ● Degree in Marketing, Communications, Digital Media, Journalism or related field.

    ● A passionate interest in African affairs, hip hop culture, entertainment and music.

    ● At least 4+ years of professional experience with social media management, writing and editing. A portfolio is a must.

    ● A deep understanding of how editorial content lives on socials and how it differs from the greater brand needs.

    ● Deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for social media trends and internet culture within the African diasporic space.

    ● Fluency in social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and more is a must.

    ● Some experience in running social media accounts for publications.

    ● Experience managing a team and handling budgets.

    ● Understand native social insight tools and Iconosquare.

    ● Familiarity with WordPress, Google Docs, and other content management systems is essential. Knowledge of RebelMouse is a plus.

    ● A proven track record of innovation on social media and a willingness to experiment and learn new platforms.

    ● Experience with Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and other common tools of the trade.

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    Editorial Intern—Johannesburg

    OkayAfrica is seeking an aspiring Johannesburg-based journalist, preferably a recent graduate, looking to gain hands-on experience in the world of online publishing and cultural journalism.

    Our internship program will benefit an applicant planning a career in media by exposing them to the editorial processes involved in content creation and distribution. They will participate in everything from editorial planning to reporting and features writing.

    The internship will run for six months. The successful candidate will be required to work four days a week. Schedule can be flexible.

    How to apply:

    To apply for OkayAfrica's editorial internship, send links to three writing samples, a short cover letter explaining what you'd like to get from the internship and a resume to interns@okayafrica.com with "Joburg Editorial Intern" in the subject line.

    Requirements:

    · A tertiary qualification in media studies/journalism, or equivalent.

    · If you don't have a qualification, we encourage you to apply. Blogging and social media experience is a plus.

    · This position is specifically aimed at applicants with an interest in new music, art, politics and culture from around South Africa, the continent at large and the diaspora.

    Remuneration

    The successful candidate will receive a monthly stipend of R4000.

    Send all intern applications to interns@okayafrica.com. Please provide a cover letter, CV and links to relevant clips.


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    ​Editorial Intern—Brooklyn

    Responsibilities:

    Our intern program is an intensive immersion into the world of online publishing and cultural journalism and will benefit applicants planning a career in media. You will participate in everything from editorial planning and reporting to image research and assisting on photo shoots.

    Requirements:

    • This position is specifically aimed at people with an interest in new music, art, politics and culture from around Africa and the diaspora.
    • While we can accommodate your schedule, you must be NYC-based and able to commute to our Brooklyn office.
    • You must have a strong writing background with some exciting clips.
    • Blogging and social media experience is a plus.
    • Ability to work in fast-paced environment

    OkayAfrica interns receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    Send all intern applications to interns@okayafrica.com. Please provide a cover letter, CV and links to relevant clips.

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    Senior Multimedia Producer

    Okayplayer and OkayAfrica are looking for a seasoned video producer to join our video team. As the Senior Multimedia Producer, the ideal candidate will oversee all editorial video production, shepherding each video from the idea stage until it's published to our various platforms including Okayplayer.com, OkayAfrica.com and the respective social media accounts. You'll also be responsible for overseeing the production of other kinds of visual media such as infographics and live social media broadcasts while keeping abreast of new trends in digital content production.

    The Senior Multimedia Producer will be responsible for delivering multiple pieces of content each week and will split their time between shooting, editing, and producing as needed. We are looking for a person who is works well on a fast-moving team and is quick on their feet. You must have a strong understanding of livestreaming and producing video for the web as well as experience developing the kind of content that will resonate with OkayAfrica and Okayplayer audiences. Connections to a strong network of freelance editors and shooters is a plus. From conception to completion, you will manage the process of bringing all types of video ideas to fruition.

    Responsibilities

    • Record and edit video and sound projects, including selecting program format for final output, capturing/importing media, organizing raw media, editing footage and sound files, creating and inserting static and motion graphics, titling, adding music/voice-over/sfx, media management and archiving project media
    • Ensure that all content is on-brand, relevant, timely, aligned with editorial/marketing strategy, consistent in terms of style, quality and tone of voice, optimized for search and user experience, executes the agreed-upon marketing strategy, and is up to the standard of company brand.
    • Conceptualize and develop thematic approaches and storylines in collaboration with Marketing and Editorial.
    • Create and develop multimedia (audio/video) content for editorial stories, internal original on-brand videos, external promotional social videos, and product marketing videos.
    • Script, storyboard, budget, allocate resources, set deadlines and select optimal forms of media for projects
    • Conduct interviews with artists, influencers and relevant personnel to create original content
    • Interpret social engagement and insights to form actionable intelligence that helps shape campaign narratives
    • Select and hire additional crew and talent; make transportation arrangements for crew, talent and equipment; and ensure all location needs are met
    • Manage incoming video pitches from freelancers
    • Work independently, as well as part of a team to establish project deliverables
    • Plan video shoots; scout, select and reserve shoot locations
    • Develop production schedules
    • Reserve and rent equipment
    • Manage video library
    • Evaluate analytics

    Required Qualifications:

    • BS/MS; film, photography, television, news, or related field, or equivalent professional experience
    • Minimum of 5 years experience
    • Proven experience as a digital video storyteller with strong camera and editing skills
    • Experienced with Adobe Creative Suite: Premier, Photoshop
    • Demo reel is required
    • Ability to prioritize and address multiple projects with varying production timelines
    • Experience in still photography preferred but not required
    • Must be energetic, positive, and great to work with
    • Must be a highly-motivated self-starter; able to work well alone and as part of a team
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills
    Please send us a CV, cover letter and a link to your portfolio. Make sure you cc both jobs@okayafrica.com and jobs@okayplayer.com.

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    Writing for OkayAfrica

    Here are the general formats we'd like for stories:

    Interviews

    We want your interviews with the world's best and brightest. We want the as long as they're being asked real questions. No puff pieces please.

    Service Journalism

    "Listicles" and "how-tos" get a bad rap but if done well they're a joy to read and super informative as well. Take us on a food tour of Mozambique or give us a guide to Maghrebi techno. Whatever. Be informative. Be authoritative. Write it in a fun and accessible way.

    Opinion Pieces/Personal Essays

    Be edgy and be honest or you can be totally evasive, it doesn't matter. Either way you've got to have a unique voice and a fresh perspective. This is not a space for opinions you heard from a cable news pundit or on a daytime talk show. Extra points if the opinion is topical. Make it urgent.

    Short Features

    A good short feature should be about something our readers need to know about RIGHT NOW. Must have multiple points of view—real reporting.

    Longer Features

    These are stories that need space for in-depth reporting and multiple perspectives. A good pitch will include a vision for how you intend to report this story. Who do you have access to? Who don't you have access to? We work together to make these happen.

    Video/Photo/Socials

    We're open to all kinds of pitches on this front. Let us know what you're about and we'll discuss on this end the best way to move forward.

    We pay.

    Please send your pitches to contribute@okayafrica.com. Unfortunately, because of the high volume of inquiries we cannot respond to all emails but we do read them all.

    Here are some helpful tips to crafting a good pitch.

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