Careers at Cape Town TV

Background

CTV has periodic openings for positions in the organisation. Some jobs are done by volunteers, while others are awarded to interns. The internship system enables young people to gain experience in the world of television in a learnership position for six-month periods. CTV has a small permanent staff of media professionals who manage the organisation and a mix of freelancers and interns as studio crew, journalists and videographers.

Current openings

Insert Producer/videographers We are looking for two Insert Producer/videographers to work on Cape Town TV’s flagship daily live news programme. The ideal candidates must have a BA similar degree or equivalent qualification 3 years of experience in a video production or television environment.

Requirements

  • Sound understanding of news production
  • Appreciation of what makes a newsworthy story
  • Ability to research topics and find appropriate interviewees
  • Shoot and edit videos daily
  • Competent video camera operator
  • Competent with video editing software such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro
  • Graphics proficiency in Photoshop
  • Be able to map projects according industry standard and formats
  • Good time-management skills
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • A showreel which proves abilities to shoot and edit
  • Edit videos according to brief supplied by the reporter
  • Assist journalists as and when required to source and research content
  • Social media awareness
  • Excellent English and Afrikaans/Xhosa understanding
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Ability to meet tight daily deadlines
  • Flexible and proactive
  • Able to handle responsibility without continuous direction

Mid-level reporters
Cape Town TV is looking for three mid-level reporter/journalists to work on the channel’s flagship daily live news programme, Our City News.The ideal candidate must have a BA degree or equivalent qualification, and at least three years of experience as journalist. Must have an interest in social justice issues and developmental stories.

Deliverables
Pitch & Research at least 6 news stories per week
Produce 5 news inserts per week
Write relevant hard reads daily
Additional duties will include, but not be limited to: Creating running order, operating autocue, and other admin duties
Participate in social media messaging (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.)
Contribute ideas as part of the editorial group to Write original TV content.
Translate content from English to Afrikaans.

  • Skills and competencies
  • Computer literacy
  • Competency with video editing software
  • Social media awareness
  • Good language and grammar skills

 

Accuracy

  • Excellent English and Afrikaans writing skills
  • Sub-editing skills
  • Video filming and editing experience
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Willing to learn
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Enjoy engaging with people online
  • Flexible and proactive
  • Fast learner
  • Able to handle responsibility without continuous direction.

To apply for any these positions, send your CV plus a motivating letter detailing why you believe you are the right person for the job, to Joan Daries at training@capetowntv.org. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Internships

Cape Town TV has a limited number of internships for certain positions within the organisation. When internship positions become available they are advertised on the CTV website and social media, as well as in television industry media.

Internships generally last six months, except for voluntary student positions that are related to study programmes. However internships may be extended for a further six months under exceptional circumstances.
Students currently studying at tertiary education institutions may also apply for voluntary positions as part of their studies. Foreign students may apply for unpaid internships at CTV – they are then responsible for all their costs while in South Africa and must bring their own laptop PC.

Mentoring

CTV employs skilled professionals from the video industry to run the main functions at the station. Interns work on specific work areas related to CTV’s operational requirements.

Applications

Internships are advertised on our website (see Jobs at CTV under the Information menu), and in industry media including ScreenAfrica and Filmcontact.com.

Volunteers

Cape Town TV provides opportunities for people to get involved in television production.

For those who have completed a video production course or with industry work experience, CTV offers placements so that you can develop and hone your video production skills.

Join our crew of studio volunteers to learn more about real-life television studio operations through camera work, vision mixing and studio management.

Producers, presenters, script writers, video editors and directors can gain valuable experience through volunteering on CTV productions. Create your own show and send us your proposal – if it is accepted, we can help you to find finance and resources for your production.

Join our volunteer database now. While a video qualification is not required, the applicant must have video production skills – so work experience also qualifies.

Apply here