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UK Content Editor - 13 month contract

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We are urgently looking for a Homepage Content Editor to work on a major UK news portal.

You will have experience of dealing with breaking news at either a major news site, newspaper or broadcaster and possess the ability to work under pressure. You will be responsible for selecting which stories are the most newsworthy and have an interest in pop culture.

The role will require you to work on stories in many different niches, from straight news, showbiz, sports and articles on the latest memes. An understanding of SEO metrics and content optimisation would also be beneficial.

The role is functioning on a shift-rota, and you will be expected to work 1 weekend out of 4. Your hours will sometimes involve an early start (7AM) or late finish (midnight).

The role will be based in Central London and is offered on an initial contract running until the end of June 2014 at £35K-£40K pro-rata. The client also offers generous benefits, such as 25 days paid holiday, a discretionary bonus scheme of up to 15%

NOTE: Application deadline is Thursday 16th of May at 8.30AM.


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Team/Department Mission

The homepage is at the heart of the client’s operation, with a new culture of up to the minute, real time reporting within a fast paced, creative content environment, we are the engine that drives traffic to the site and are at the forefront in the campaign to make people choose this particular site. We are leaders in presenting the best current stories to the audience. We are responsible for driving revenue to the site through clever and timely promotion.

Role Purpose

To reflect the best of the brand on the homepage and entry points. To write exciting and clever headlines to make the audience choose us. To drive traffic to channels. To drive traffic to partner sites. To increase traffic using SEO and social media. To act as an ambassador for the brand in social media. To bring character and wit to the homepage.

Key Accountabilities
- To reflect the best current stories on the UK homepage, mobile and tablet devices
- Make sure homepage content is real-time, fresh, engaging, witty and memorable
- Be able to react quickly and creatively to produce engaging up to the minute content
- To work on a variety of entry points and platforms for the brand as required by the business
- Use of clever headlines dedicated SEO and to making people click
- Generate content and promotion ideas
- Lead a team of peers on the homepage team, and the wider newsroom
- Create a buzz around the homepage
- Liaise with channels to commission content
- Write water-cooler trending blog posts
- Reach out to the audience through social media
- Handle breaking news quickly and professionally
- Make an impact through picture choice
- Juggle competing interests within the newsroom and commercial partners
- Balance the real-time philosophy with revenue-critical promotion
- Liaise professionally with other parts of the brand, including the inventory manager, special promotions and sales
- Promote and support company products, charitable work and other brands
- Take an active part in content creation, as much as time allows, to enable the homepage to be a content creator as well as user

Key Success Criteria

- Increase click through rate from homepage
- Increase unique users
- Increase dwell time on homepage
- Increase traffic to mobile and slate devices
- Increase social engagement with the site
- Increase organic search transfers
- Reach revenue targets for partners
- Aid channels in hitting PV targets
- Beat rivals on breaking news


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Essential Experience

- Proven experience of setting the news agenda at editor level
- Will have covered daily news for a website, newspaper or magazine
- Must demonstrate an ability to spot subjects before they trend and write witty and engaging copy about them
- Must be passionate about popular culture and sport and demonstrate extensive knowledge of both
- Must be passionate about UK and international news and have proven experience of covering both
- Must have a track record of smart news judgment
- Must write stop-you-in-your-tracks headlines
- Be able to demonstrate an ability to operate under pressure
- React quickly to produce up to the minute articles
- Must be able to demonstrate being able to identify stories which reflect Brand agenda
- Demonstrate a great eye for pictures and how to turn them into stories
- Be able to demonstrate a love for and involvement in social media

• Technical / Functional Skills

- Adobe Photoshop
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Good understanding of SEO

• Working hours

- Ability to work a vary shift pattern from 0700 to midnight, seven days a week, and out of hours as editorially necessary

• Personal Attributes / Interpersonal Skills
- Very strong team player but with ability to work on own initiative
- Proven record of leading an editorial team with enthusiasm and good humour
- Should be a forward thinker
- Should be creative and demonstrate an ability to take an ordinary story and make it stand out from the crowd
- Should be motivated to make every word count and beat the competition
- Must be confident in giving presentations

• Qualifications
- Should be educated to degree level

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