Business Reporter (English)

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Economics, Legal
Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

Reference Number: JKP/ED/EBR/01

Who we are

Jakenn Publishing is the media company of the present and the future of Ethiopia. We bring our passion for reporting and independent journalism to tell the stories which matter in the Ethiopia today and the Ethiopia being shaped for tomorrow.

JaKenn is widely known for its flagship publication and web portal Addis Standard. Started as a magazine in 2011, Addis Standard has evolved into the digital platform of choice for breaking news, analysis, and spell-binding commentary about Ethiopia that establishes understanding of happenings beyond your eyes and ears. One of the most followed media brands in Ethiopia on twitter and a solid web presence that has a firm grip on Ethiopia’s rapid political, economic, and social transformation, Addis Standard provides consumers content worthy of their time and attention.

As a young and dynamic company, JaKenn embodies an emerging multicultural Ethiopia where people are valued for their contribution to the development of a democratic and prosperous country. We understand that this means listening to our consumers, employees, and stakeholders in all processes from product development to execution. We value diversity and make an honest effort at providing an inclusive work environment that supports growth, nurtures innovation, and embraces risk taking.


The Job

As part of its corporate strengthening efforts to grow audience and deliver content that is independent, factual, and attention-capturing, JaKenn would like to hire a Business Reporter (English). This position reports to the Managing Editor and will work with other members of the Editorial team to source and publish content for different products of JaKenn Publishing.  


Duties and Responsibilities


The Business reporter will:

  • Develop innovative ideas for writing business news.
  • Stay up to date with the latest business trends and events.
  • Research business stories and prepare interview questions as required.
  • Write business stories using proper grammar and following the house style guidelines of JaKenn Publishing while also ensuring they are compelling and professional in style and presentation.
  •  Develop daily, weekly, monthly business updates and data reporting from primary sources and update regularly.
  • Conduct interviews with business sector stakeholders and experts on current business and economic developments and over all national continental and international impacts and vice versa.
  • Write breaking business news and stories in unique and interesting ways to attract readership.
  • Conduct exclusive interviews with renowned Ethiopian business personalities working in or outside the country.
  • Prepare reports, such as sales proposals, for a business development department.
  •  Conduct reporting on unique startups and their roles in society.
  • Undertake business review reports on major local and foreign-owned investment activities in the country.
  • Attend and report on business and economic forums, exhibitions trade fairs particularly relevant to Ethiopia and the horn.
  • Rework pieces as requested by the Managing Editor & Product Editor (English) or staff editors and update pieces as needed for business stories
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with members of the business community, the media community, public institutions, and other entities to develop access to credible sources of information.
  • Meet all deadlines for assignments as requested by the Managing Editor 

Reporting to: Managing Editor    

Projected start date: 18 th July 2021

Job Requirements


  • A minimum of BA/BSc in Economics, Business, Law, or related field from a recognized University with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, combined with profound Journalism and Communication ethics with rigorous writing skills. 

Experience and skillset

  • At least three years of progressive experience working in a media company with a heavy focus on digital publishing
  • Data analysis and ability to understand economic and financial statistics.
  • Intellectual curiosity, maturity, and an understanding of story ideas and composition skills are very essential.
  • Detail and research-oriented with a meticulous character who enjoys collecting information for news, articles, and research.
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment.
  • Excellent oral presentation, writing, and reading skills in English, ability to communicate in more than one Ethiopian language strongly desired.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in a fast-growing company and provide solutions to these growing pains.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with teams and negotiate constructively for the purpose of implementing change; and 
  • Ability to adapt to and perform well in a multicultural setting composed of people from different backgrounds and strong opinions. 

How to Apply

Kindly prepare your updated CV and cover letter in one file and send an email to [email protected] using format “reference number- [Firstname] [Secondname]” as the subject line by 27 th June 2021. 

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