News Content Editor – Google Showcase, Apple News & WhatsApp

Reach

Company Description

We are looking for a News Content Editor who can help make sure the most important stories of the day reach the readers who need to see them.

You will join our amplification team which includes Google Showcase, Apple News, WhatsApp and other platforms, who curate the very best stories from across the majority of Reach PLC titles including Mirror, Express and regional sites, promoting them via our digital products. Our Showcase panels are read by tens of millions of people every month and is one of the fastest growing areas in digital publishing today.

You will be right at the heart of our editorial operation, working with newsrooms across England and Ireland to choose the stories we should be promoting, and feeding back on what’s working too.

We’re looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives from people from a wide range of backgrounds, and we want you to tell us the stories you believe are important from our many communities so we can continue to diversify our content.

So, who are we?

We are Reach Plc, you might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to the UK and Ireland’s most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Mirror, Daily Express and OK!, to our regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more), our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people. We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human.

Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too. 

This role is home based and we are therefore open to candidates based across the UK.

Job Description

What will the role involve?

You will manage your team of content curators in producing content which engages readers and reaches as many people as possible. You will publish content online with a focus on Google News, Google Discover,  Apple News, Flipboard, Upday and Whatsapp. You will provide support and guidance to your team to encourage them to source the most engaging content at pace.

You will play a key role in growing and driving readership across a wide variety of Reach brands. You will curate content, from selecting stories, checking headlines and choosing images for published content, ensuring IPSO and Reach’s digital publishing standards are met at all times. This role includes shift and weekend working, this will typically involve 1 weekend in every three, so a flexible approach is required.

Qualifications

Who are we looking for?

Essential:

  • Senior NCTJ/NQJ journalism qualification (or in house equivalent) with extensive digital newsroom experience
  • You may be a current Content Editor ready to move into a wider reaching role that covers a variety of titles, or a Senior Reporter ready to take the next step up to an Editor position
  • Proven understanding of audience content distribution through Google Discover, Apple News and Whatsapp is essential
  • Ability to rewrite copy for various audiences 
  • Proven track record of distributing published content via social media platforms
  • First class writing skills with a keen eye for what makes an engaging story. You will have a passion for digital journalism and understand the key role specialist distribution  and analytics play in stories reaching our audiences

Desirable:

  • Experience working with push notifications
  • You will be a team player who is keen to step into a supportive managerial role
  • You know how to encourage your team to get the best out of them, whilst driving towards deadlines and targets

Additional Information

What can we offer you?

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

  • Help saving for your retirement – join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
  • 25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Giving back day – an additional day’s leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
  • Enhanced family leave – including maternity, paternity and adoption – and you’ll be eligible after just six months’ employment
  • Private Healthcare Cash Plan – free health cash plan so you can claim back cash for a range of medical expenses
  • As one of the UK’s top 50 Inclusive Employers everyone’s invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
  • Wellbeing support – including a 24/7 employee assistance programme (EAP) for you and your nearest and dearest
  • Awesome career opportunities – you’ll have support from your line manager and a range of learning & development programmes
  • We are also a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels

Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

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