RIBA Journal & ribaj.com, Sub Editor (Freelance Consultant)

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Freelance rate depending on experience
29 Jun 2021
26 Jul 2021
Sub-Editor, Sub-Editors
Job Type
Part Time

Purpose of the Role

Working alongside the chief sub editor, sub-editing text for The RIBA Journal to a high standard for print and online publication, ensuring that it is accurate, engaging, in house style and appropriate for a professional audience. Assisting with the management of the flow of articles during the production process. Copywriting headlines, standfirsts, captions and social media posts and optimising text for SEO. Supplying cover when possible for the chief sub editor.
Main Responsibilities 

  • Sub-editing and preparing the raw copy provided by editors for publication on ribaj.com (daily), The RIBA Journal (monthly) and Products in Practice (quarterly), enabling production flow and the meeting of tight deadlines. This includes working on sponsored supplements, special projects, judging packs, affiliate emails, banners and marketing projects.
  • Sub-editing and copywriting: to check and correct grammar, spelling, house style and tone of published work. Write headlines, standfirsts, sells, cover lines, captions and other page furniture to house style. Ensure all the elements are present, correct and fit layout by working closely with editors, graphic designers and digital production staff. 
  • Writing headlines, standfirsts, sells and other relevant sections/metadata of the CMS with an eye to optimising SEO for articles with our target audience. Check functionality where relevant. 
  • Writing and publishing social media posts (currently Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) in line with best practice to get maximum engagement within target audience for articles published online and in print. Creating compelling calls to action on social media where necessary.
  • Working with relevant editor and commercial team to produce high-performing commercial content, including on advertorials, roundtable reports and online guest content pieces and longer supplements. Ensuring signs offs with external parties via relevant editors.
  • Investing content with curiosity, character and authority, working closely with editors to achieve this. Flag up inconsistencies with editors and raise any queries in the copy. 
  • Collaborating with editorial team to agree deadlines and ensure proofing by relevant editors. Proactively continue to build an editorial culture of digital delivery.
  • Taking part in training and discussions to actively improve The RIBA Journal both in print and online.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience 

  • Experienced sub-editor, who has a track record of working with online and print publications.
  • Excellent writing and sub-editing/copywriting skills and sound judgement.
  • An organised, reliable and proactive approach to work, with the ability to multi-task and work flexibly.
  • An ability to foster positive and strong team relationships.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • A working knowledge of social media, particularly Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, or a willingness to learn.
  • Working knowledge of InDesign and experience of using a content management system.
  • Interest in potentially learning layout and image editing skills.
  • A knowledge of the built environment sector and/or experience working in a media setting on design and construction titles would be an asset.

Useful information
The RIBA Journal is the leading UK architectural title, with the widest print circulation of 28,000 and an average online monthly page views of c100,000. It is highly respected and cherished within the profession for its editorial quality and content – it is cited in RIBA member surveys as the most valued membership benefit.

Architects look to the journal to be informed and inspired, whether it is through critical profiles of current buildings, exhibition reviews or ‘intelligence’ on the latest developments in the design and construction industry. 

The journal is digital first, publishing daily with more online than in print. Print issues are published monthly and the technical supplement Products in Practice (PIP) quarterly. Its staff also produce sponsored content in collaboration with industry partners. These include special projects such as the MacEwen Awards for architecture for the common good; the Eye Line drawing competition; PIP seminars and Rising Stars, which recognises the talent of early career professionals. 

The RIBA Journal is part of the RIBA’s Publishing department, which includes book publishing, book retail, sponsorship and RIBA Jobs. 

To apply
Send your CV to: Isabelle Priest, acting managing editor, RIBA Journal. 

Application closing date: 14:00, Monday 26 July 2021

Interview dates: 2nd and 3rd August

This job description is non-contractual, not an exhaustive list and it may be added to or changed to from time to time.  

Estimated 24 hours per month with possible additional hours for special projects/cover

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