- 20- 25 hours a week ideally over 4 or 5 days
- Part time flexible
- Homebased – with (subject to Covid restrictions) team meetings in central London 2-3 times a month and possibly attendance at events. You should be within easy travel distance of central London.
We’re looking for someone to join our editorial team as news reporter assistant.
This position would suit someone who is early in their journalism career / looking to start or who is returning after a break or has been freelancing and who has a passion for diversity and inclusion and an interest in digital content. While there is a requirement for attendance (currently by Zoom) at team meetings and (at least initially) daily catch ups with our managing editor, there is considerable flexibility in how daily hours can be worked.
About the role:
WM People Ltd has been at the forefront of progressive and inclusive ways of working since the launch of our first website, workingmums.co.uk, in 2006. We launched workingdads.co.uk in January 2019 and workingwise.co.uk, a job and community site specially focused on older workers looking for flexibility and improved work-life balance and the employers who recognise the skills and years of experience they have to offer, in November 2019.
We offer an online space for employers and candidates to connect, communicate and engage. For employers we share and disseminate best-practice, offering organisations a way of sharing their progressive employment policies and advertising quality employment opportunities. For jobseekers we provide access to flexible jobs as well as news, advice and inspiration. We also offer HR-related news and news on future of work developments.
Editorial plays a big part in WM People’s standing as a thought leader in the diversity and inclusion space. Over the years through our white papers, best-practice reports, day to day news stories, survey analysis and opinion pieces as well as through the articles we write for other publications we have built a reputation for accurate, expert information.
This role reports to the managing editor and has a particular focus on the workingmums.co.uk and workingwise.co.uk websites. To begin with, the focus will be on covering relevant news articles for both sites, helping you to get a real feel for the key issues and topics relevant to our candidate and employer audiences. You will write news stories, case studies and features and gradually build up to longer thought leadership articles, using our surveys for stories etc. Over time, you will start to manage our contributors and generate feature ideas. You will also be expected to attend relevant webinars and conferences from time to time.
In addition, you will support our managing editor with our internal PR – building press lists and liaising with key contacts.
This is a new role in the business and one that we’re really excited about. It also offers lots of opportunity for development. We’ll provide training to support you and you’ll be part of a very friendly and enthusiastic small company that is passionate about sharing best practice in diversity and inclusion in the workplace and helping jobseekers find work that works for them – whatever their situation.
We’re looking for someone with:
- A degree in journalism or English, or demonstrable alternative experience and aptitude
- A strong sense of what’s newsworthy
- The ability to write clearly and accurately and to be able to digest information quickly
- Strong editorial skills, including writing, sub-editing and using a digital content management system (CMS)
- The ability to work independently
- The ability to follow content creation, sign-off and publishing processes
- A basic understanding of SEO techniques, including use of keywords, menus, tags and other
- metadata to optimise pages for search, so content is easy and intuitive to find and navigate
- A creative, collaborative and diplomatic approach, and not afraid to ask questions and ask for help.
- A good home IT set-up is essential, with broadband.
Desired but not essential
- Familiarity with Word Press
To apply for the role of news reporter, please apply via the button shown below, outlining in your covering letter why you feel that this role is the right one for you and how it fits with your journalistic experience to date.
Please note: Applications without covering letters will not be considered.
We will only be able to respond to shortlisted candidates.