Apply or nominate now: Press Council seeks public representatives

Do you have what it takes to become a champion of good journalism in South Africa? Or does someone come to mind? Read more here to find out about the application and nomination process.

The primary aim of the Press Council of South Africa is to promote and develop ethical practice in journalism; to promote the adoption and adherence to those standards by the South African print and online media and to provide a quick and free complaints mechanism for the public.

The council invites applications or nominations for public representatives for current and future vacancies on the council and panel of adjudicators.

The council and the panel of adjudicators comprise media and public representatives, and the panel of ombuds and the chair of appeals draw from the panel of adjudicators to participate in the adjudication of complaints from members of the public against publications that subscribe to the Press Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African print and online media.

Successful applicants will be of high standing and integrity, with a strong interest in the media, fully subscribe to the principles of free media and the Press Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African print and online media and shall act in furtherance of the aims and objectives of the Press Council.

These applicants shall not be in the employ of the media, but candidates with expertise in media legislation and regulation are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be citizens of and permanently reside in South Africa, be at least 21 years old, and committed to the values underpinning the South African Constitution, as well as the Press Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African print and online media.

Any person who has a financial interest in the media, occupies a seat in a local, provincial or national legislative body, or is an office bearer of a political party or movement, or is in the employ of the public service, is not eligible. A nomination must be accompanied by a letter from the nominee accepting the nomination.

Duties involve attending four meetings a year and/or sitting on adjudication panels when requested. The term is for five years.

How to apply

Submit a written application to one of the following channels:

  • Address: Building 12, Burnside Island Office Park, 410 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg.
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 011 484 3612.

The closing date is November 6, 2023.

Source: The Press Council of SA.

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