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DM is Hiring: Head of Talent

“People are our most important asset” is an often trumpeted soundbite but nowhere more relevant than in a modern media organisation – although we loathe to think of people as just ‘assets’.

Journalism is one of the most highly pressurised industries with many challenges. But also, one that can make a lasting impact on the world. Where some organisations struggle to figure out a purpose, Daily Maverick is consumed by it. (And we’re not afraid of a meme).

In this role, you will directly report to and work closely with the founders (Editor-in-chief and CEO) to implement and scale a world-class talent strategy and culture that is aligned with the purpose of the company. 

You will help ensure that we have a thriving, productive and evolving workplace where the team is enabled and supported in working towards our vision by serving the South African public with our journalism.

Enabling a positive culture to thrive by working closely with our senior leadership team will be a vital aspect of your responsibilities. The role will focus on managing/driving activities related to talent management, talent acquisition, employee experience, employee engagement, continuous learning & development, performance management and reward.

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Defining and managing our employee experience aligned to our high performing culture
  • Designing a culture and values-driven recruitment process and actively recruiting new team members through our current growth phase
  • Design and manage an onboarding programme to provide engaging induction to new employees
  • Design and manage the performance review process 
  • Develop a learning philosophy with supporting learning and development initiatives to enable high performing and high growth careers
  • Support and drive continuous learning experiences across the organisation
  • Manage an employee engagement survey and work with leadership to continuously improve our employee value proposition
  • Design and manage an employee wellbeing programme in consultation with our in-house counsellor 
  • Manage career growth and progression through organisational development and active talent reviews
  • Design and manage a recognition programme that embeds performance into our culture
  • Work with the leaders to define a competitive reward strategy relating to compensation, benefits, etc
  • Own all internal employee communications and write up regular internal newsletters relating to talent 
  • Support our people operations processes to scale by automating workflows and adopting suitable systems and software
  • Work closely with leadership to actively build and manage a strong culture based on our core values and purpose
  • Advise on employee best practices in line with new trends in the industry, further afield and with the vision and mission of the organisation

Your role will be critical in scaling the internal systems of a high-growth media organisation. This is a unique opportunity to join Africa’s revolutionary media platform and directly support our management team in key decision-making. The role will likely expand into a team as the organisation prepares for accelerated growth in the next few years.



  • At least 8 years of experience in people/talent/HR, employee relations and organisational development, with a demonstrable track record of designing and implementing people processes across a business (or exceptional achievements within fewer years of professional experience);
  • 3-5 years of experience in managing and growing a People team 
  • Thorough knowledge of South African labour legislation, compliance requirements, disciplinary procedures, and HR policies and procedures;
  • Strong leadership and people management skills;
  • Near-perfect communication skills;
  • Highly skilled in problem-solving and negotiations;
  • A specific interest to work in a purpose-driven media company, evidenced by prior professional experience or involvement in such a space;
  • Extreme ambition to grow a company in terms of culture, employee wellbeing, retention, and satisfaction;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management, Organisational Development or another relevant field, or equivalent education/experience


  • Prior experience in a media environment is desirable
  • 5+ years of managerial experience in a rapidly scaling company
  • Passionate about creating an exceptional employee experience
  • Cape Town based


Flexible & remote working: We are a remote-friendly organisation and offer flexible work options.

Generous annual leave: We provide a minimum of 15 annual leave days (with no maximum) as part of our leave policy.

Join the heart of revolutionary media in Africa: You’ll work with the best of the best and collaborate with exceptional people. Join one of the most ambitious and exciting media organisations with a dynamic founding team.

Life-changing work: be part of having a profound impact on society.


Please send a one-page motivational letter and CV to [email protected]

Published: 16 Jan '22


DM is Hiring: Maverick Insider Member Support

Job Description

Daily Maverick is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic individual to join their Maverick Insider support team.

Maverick Insider (MI) was established when it no longer became feasible to rely solely on digital ad revenue, so we created a membership where readers can voluntarily contribute to help sustain our journalism. Daily Maverick believes that journalism is a public service and should therefore be free for all, regardless of their economic status. We will never erect a paywall; instead preferring the membership model where those who can afford to contribute, do so, in exchange for some extra benefits while keeping all our content free for everyone. 

We’re looking for a dynamic person to join our membership support team based in Cape Town. 


  • Addressing email queries raised by Maverick Insider members and technical support.
  • Liaising with the retention team and addressing billing-related queries
  • Investigating and solving member related issues
  • Identify and assess members’ needs through quality engagement to achieve satisfaction
  • Expanding the Maverick Insider Knowledge Base by extracting feedback from customer queries and providing solutions


  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel / Google sheets
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Ability to meet personal and team Objectives and Key Results (OKR’s)
  • Ability to manage high volumes of incoming customer queries
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work individually and in a team.


  • Driven by delivering great customer service
  • Ambitious
  • Innovative
  • Analytical
  • Fast learner
  • People person: a great attitude where ‘no task is too small and no challenge is too big.’

Location: Gardens, Cape Town

Type: Full time

Please send a one page motivational letter and CV to [email protected]

Published: 13 Jan '22


Mid-Level Marketing Coordinator Job Description

Marketing Coordinator

The Marketing Coordinator will report to the Marketing Manager.

The primary objective of Daily Maverick Marketing is to grow (brand and audience), and to communicate and engage with our readers. With growth and engagement at the core of all the business areas marketing serves, it is critical to align marketing efforts across divisions and to consolidate them to achieve brand resonance and prominence locally and internationally.

The role of Marketing Coordinator is essential in the day-to-day execution of Marketing and Business outputs, working closely with the Daily Maverick Business Team to achieve overall strategic objectives and key results. Reporting to the Marketing Manager, the Marketing Coordinator will provide support in marketing copywriting, management of marketing channels, and the coordination of efforts across the Business Team. As Daily Maverick continues its expansion and pursuit of cross-disciplinary collaboration, the Marketing Coordinator will be a key component to that continued growth.


  • Assist in the coordination and execution of long- and short-term marketing strategies related to the internal and external marketing of:
    • Maverick Insider (Daily Maverick membership community)
    • Live Journalism Webinars
    • Podcasts
    • Maverick 451 (Daily Maverick book publishing division)
    • Daily Maverick Shop
    • Daily Maverick 168 newspaper
    • Various Newsletters across the Daily Maverick newsletter suite
  • Assist with writing copy for Marketing and Business Division efforts
  • Drive the execution of marketing initiatives for events, newsletter, webinar, podcast, shop and newspaper marketing
  • Ensure the Daily Maverick brand and corporate identity are strongly represented in all communications
  • Assist with the coordination of the social media strategy across all platforms for all Daily Maverick editorial and commercial products
  • Explore new opportunities to promote the brand across various touchpoints
  • Analyse, evaluate and report on marketing campaigns and activities
  • Coordinate the preparation of marketing and advertising promotional material in collaboration with designers and stakeholders where relevant
  • Ability to represent the brand in various online and offline settings



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Media, Journalism, Communication or related field
  • Min 3+ years experience with mid-level copywriting and marketing coordinating.
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of traditional and digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing
  • Analytical skills and strong attention to detail to synthesize and interpret marketing data
  • Have experience with, and knowledge of, a wide range of marketing functions including communications, branding, digital marketing and social media
  • Strong prioritization and time-management skills
  • Commercially-minded making decisions with positive real-world impact
  • Solutions orientated, with an ability to approach problems logically and with structured thinking
  • Work well independently and across the diverse teams at Daily Maverick
  • Enthusiastic team member with the interpersonal skills to build and nurture relationships within the company and with external partners.


Please include 2-3 references from previous employers

Market related and dependent on experience.

Please email your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

Published: 03 Aug '21
Daily Maverick DM168 Slow Down to Catch Up Competition image


Daily Maverick DM168 Slow Down to Catch Up Competition

Competition details: 

Share your weekend reading ritual with us and stand a chance to win a 2-night stay* at the One&Only Cape Town. Over the next four weeks, get each new edition of DM168 and snap a photo of how you’re slowing down to catch up. Post to social media each week with the tag #DM168catchup. The reader with the most collective likes for their photos wins!

*Terms and conditions apply.

Published: 21 May '21


Mid-level Cross Disciplinary Designer

Mid-level Cross Disciplinary Designer (Minimum 3-5 years experience)
Cape Town

We are looking for a creative genius designer with an interest/experience in motion design, GIFs and HTML. The ideal candidate will be driven to push the boundaries of design whilst working closely with Daily Maverick’s award-winning marketing team to deliver high impact campaigns and projects. You will have the opportunity to work across divisions in a fast paced environment with a collaborative team. This role is the perfect opportunity for a designer who would like to see their work have a meaningful impact: the support and success of quality, independent journalism.

Tertiary education within design essential
Will be working in both digital(primarily) and print.
Able to design quickly at a high level.
A basic understanding of HTML.
Adaptable and eager to learn.

Proficient in:
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign

Not essential but definitely a plus:
Adobe After Effects

Extra credit:
Adobe Premiere Pro

Great team-player with a can-do attitude
Organised and efficient
Enjoys multi-tasking
Ambitious and self-driven

Please include 2-3 references from previous employers

CV/ Portfolio
Show us what you’ve done! Include any awards you’ve received, innovative projects you’ve worked on and examples of your work.

Market related and dependent on experience.

Please email your CV, cover letter and portfolio to [email protected]

Published: 09 Mar '21



Daily Maverick is on the hunt for a great self-starter blessed with common sense, a great work ethic and a maverick mindset to run our book publishing division, Maverick451. We’re looking for someone who thrives on innovation and who isn’t afraid to approach book publishing from a new perspective.

Reporting to the CEO and General Manager.

Remuneration: Dependent on experience (mid-senior level position)

Starting date: ASAP

Detailed tasks: 


  • Identifying and securing new books that align with the Daily Maverick brand 
  • Coordination of the entire production process from initial pitch to delivery from printers
  • Budget management 
  • Liaise with the marketing team on marketing and PR campaigns 
  • Liaise and coordinate with the event team on book launches and other opportunities
  • Liaise with third-party suppliers and sales consultants
  • Stock management 
  • Rights negotiation and coordination



  • Commercially minded, adept at cost control, strong negotiation skills
  • Innovative – the ideal candidate will be inspired by the prospect of approaching book publishing from new and unique angles
  • Enthusiastic team member with the interpersonal skills to build and nurture relationships within the company and with external writers and partners
  • Strong prioritization and time-management skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Solutions orientated, with an ability to approach problems logically and with structured thinking.
  • Solid Writing/Editing ability an advantage 
  • Multi-tasker who is not afraid to get their hands dirty and go above and beyond to ensure the completion of a project. 
  • Ideal candidate will love working with people as much as working with manuscripts. 

Interested candidates please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

Published: 04 Dec '20


Daily Maverick 168 pilot edition launch a success

Daily Maverick has successfully defied the odds, piloting its weekly print edition with 8,800 copies in the hands of South African readers. Copies were distributed across 20 Pick n Pay stores, in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The newspaper is free to customers who swiped their Pick n Pay Smart Shopper cards, with a cover price of R20.00 per copy.

Previously a digital-only publisher, Daily Maverick raised eyebrows with its announcement about the venture into print when media titles around the globe face enormous pressure after a decade of disruption and the impact of COVID-19.

The pilot edition was overwhelmingly well-received by readers. Over 6,200 copies, or 70%, were taken up in the 20 stores with 96% of readers swiping their Smart Shopper cards to access the benefit of a free copy.

The pilot was designed to test the production, printing, distribution, marketing and content mix ahead of the official launch, and to establish reader demand levels. The results will also help determine volumes, and launch stores across the country, using the more than 17,000 votes submitted by Daily Maverick readers for their preferred Pick n Pay store.

“It’s fantastic to see Daily Maverick 168 challenging conventional wisdom and customers responding with so much enthusiasm. We had as many as 1 in 8 customers collecting the newspaper in some pilot stores, which is extraordinary. We were excited to give our Smart Shoppers another programme benefit, and to see how this develops into a key part of their weekend routines,” John Bradshaw, retail executive: marketing at Pick n Pay.

Daily Maverick CEO, Styli Charalambous, reflected on a hugely successful pilot weekend. “We had a few important things we needed to test, but foremost was the question of whether we could successfully leverage our highly regarded online publication into a special weekend print edition, and whether readers still wanted a tangible news product in their hands. The answer was a resounding yes!

We had reports of readers waiting for stores to open to get a copy, and we received hugely supportive feedback on social media and through our own direct channels. 95% of survey respondents said they intended to become regular readers and gave the content mix the high rating scores. We’re excited for the official launch of our print edition on 26 September across 100 Pick n Pay stores nationwide, and already seeing how demand could grow to multiples of our 25,000 launch circulation quite quickly.”

For press queries and interview requests with the Maverick Insider team, please contact Phumlani Malinga.

Email: [email protected]

Published: 08 Sep '20

Daily Maverick is hiring: Photographic Editor

Daily Maverick is looking to hire a Photographic Editor to take overall responsibility for the photographic aspects of the organisation’s editorial offerings, across a range of publishing platforms.

Role details:
Salary Range: Dependent on experience (min 3yrs exp)
Employment equity preferred: Yes

Location: Preferably Johannesburg
Work from home and/or our Johannesburg office

Est. Hours: 11am-8pm
Days: Monday to Friday


The successful candidate will work closely with editors to conceive of visuals to accompany and enhance stories to be published on Daily Maverick platforms. Develop and manage a freelance team of photographers to meet the needs of the organisation.

Job Description

    • Source pictures for all online section heads and the newspaper from wire services and stock pictures we subscribe to.
    • Help section editors visualise stories
    • Identify and source photo essays that add to the content mix of Daily Maverick products
    • Manage, renew and update photographic wire services to serve Daily Maverick’s publishing platforms
    • Assign freelance photographers within budget to photograph stories as decided by the diary meeting, and section editors
    • Assist in selecting and editing photos for publications platform
    • Able to work with layout designers to achieve high-impact visual language


    • At least three years experience in a similar role
    • Previous print and online experience preferable
    • Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop suite

Send your application with short motivation via email, with “Photographic Editor Application” in the subject header by 27 July 2020.

Published: 13 Jul '20

Daily Maverick is hiring: Production Editor

Daily Maverick is looking to hire a Production Editor to take responsibility for the production processes of the organisation’s editorial offerings. It is a hands-on, multi-faceted job in a tight operation so all-round news editing and meticulous production experience are essential. Patience, open-mindedness and access to a meditation app are highly recommended.

Role Details:

Starting date: ASAP
Location: Ideally Jo’burg or Cape Town-based. Good, reliable internet access a necessity
Estimated work from home: 90%

Salary Range: Dependent on experience (min 5yrs exp)
Employment equity preferred: Yes

Approx Work Schedule: 4pm -12pm
Days: Monday to Friday

The production editor would devise a production workflow with strict deadlines for particular pages to enable designers, graphic artists and copy sub-editors enough time to craft the best possible product. 

Manage a team of sub-editors, both internal and freelance, to ensure proper subbing capacity to meet the different needs of the organisation.

Job description

    • Co-ordinate publishing cycle for publishing on multiple platforms
    • Manage and assign stories to sub-editors
    • Manage a sub-editors roster
    • Manage deadlines and copy flow for all platforms
    • Load pages online
    • Work with pictures desk and multimedia journalist to ensure best possible images for online
    • Edit copy
    • Add to the existing DM style guide for Daily Maverick products
    • Proofread and sign off final pages 
    • Write catchy headlines and blurbs
    • Ensure the publication’s standards are met
    • Managing the production flow of DM online by overseeing layout and finding ways to streamline and improve the production process.
    • Ensuring adherence to DM style, tone and ethics
    • Prioritising the news list on the front page in discussion with Editor 
    • Archiving and other backend production processes


    • At least five years experience in a similar role
    • Previous print and online experience preferable
    • Knowledge of production and design systems including WordPress 

Apply with short motivation email and C.V to this address with “Production Editor Application” as the subject, before 27 July 2020.

Published: 13 Jul '20

Maverick Citizen is recruiting

In September 2019, Daily Maverick will launch Maverick Citizen, a news section focusing on human rights and social justice and the people who fight for it – in South Africa, Africa and the world. We are looking to hire two journalists to join our team but not just any journalists!

If you are a journalist who is called to tell the stories of our country’s people, to tell stories that could play a role in changing these and other facts; if you believe the people who work towards a better life for all need to be reported on with the same rigour as the reporting on politics and business, then please apply. If you believe journalism is a force for good and involves engaging with audiences and readers rather than just broadcasting. If you wake up in the morning with a fire in your belly. If you are a journalist with a passion for reporting on social justice issues and the people who are affected, then send your CV.

If you believe that all news is equal but often it seems that some news is more equal than other news. If you believe that we need journalists who try to rectify this imbalance by telling stories that should count, then consider joining Maverick Citizen.

We are looking for journalists who will tell the stories of individuals and organisations that swim against the stream, and in many different ways, visible and invisible, try and realize the constitutional vision of social justice in South Africa.

We are looking for journalists who want to find those people who make and shape the news, but usually don’t get into the news until there’s a court case or a crisis or a tragedy. We are looking for journalists who believe our country is also about the people and organisations whose efforts hold our society together and often prevent despair. We are looking for journalists who want to listen to the people of South Africa and tell the stories of people who invoke their and others’ constitutional right to campaign for a cause, the unseen participants in our participatory democracy.

If reading this advert makes your heart beat a little faster, then we would like to hear from you.

Skills and attributes required include experience as a journalist or high-level communicator in the social justice field, a readiness to travel our country to tell its stories, critical, independent thinking, experience in, and appreciation for investigative stories, global and national political insight and understanding, multimedia skills, social media skills, ability to work under pressure, to multitask and retain high quality, work weekends, evenings and early mornings.


We are recruiting for 1 x senior level journalist and 1 x mid-senior level. Remuneration is dependent upon experience and employment equity candidates are preferred.

Your application should include a 500-word article telling us why this advertisement spurred you to apply for the job (We aim to Maverick Citizens in Cape Town and Johannesburg.) Also include references – at least three, including their full contact detail – a CV and links to examples of your work. Please send applications to [email protected] by
28 August 2019.

Published: 19 Aug '19