Journalism Manager

  • Play a critical role in funding public interest journalism
  • Champion more inclusive storytelling
  • Influential two-year, fixed term role

What you’ll do
New Zealand On Air is looking for an experienced news gatherer with strong management skills to support its Head of Journalism to manage applications for public interest journalism funding.
In this role you will:

  • help assess funding applications
  • help make defensible funding recommendations
  • provide feedback to applicants
  • monitor the results of funded initiatives
  • manage data and reporting
  • maintain strong relationships with the news media.

You will also be a strong advocate for increasing knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi within newsrooms. 

What you will bring
You will have:

  • strong newsroom experience and understanding of the multiple platforms used by the news media
  • a passion for diverse and inclusive reporting
  • an organised approach to managing processes and the ability to create a range of reports
  • strong advocacy skills and command of detail
  • the credibility to present effectively to news organisations and other stakeholders on what at times may be difficult topics
  • a demonstrated understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te ao Māori and tikanga Māori.

Knowledge of te reo Māori would be desirable.


You will work as part of a dynamic team that is helping enhance public interest journalism. You will develop influential contacts within the news media and be at the heart of the changes shaping the industry. You will be based in central Auckland or Wellington and be able to work flexibly.

About New Zealand On Air

New Zealand On Air is a public media entity created to increase the diversity of local content available to New Zealand audiences. Its prime statutory objective is to reflect and develop New Zealand identity and culture.
New Zealand On Air is responsible for managing the $55 million in funding the Government is investing over three years to support public interest journalism, which will be produced and shared by New Zealand media outlets.
This role is fixed term for two years until 30 June 2023.
New Zealand On Air wants a diverse workforce that reflects Aotearoa New Zealand. It welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, please tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.
Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may only apply for this role if you have the right to work in New Zealand. For information about New Zealand work or residence visas, please visit
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: John King or Nikki Franklin on 04 550 8000

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