Assistant News Editor, The Independent
Reports to: News Editor
About Us: The Independent The Independent is an unbiased and trusted voice in British journalism, with a growing global reach through its website and social media.
Job Purpose/Responsibilities The Independent is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic assistant news editor to help run a fast-paced national newsroom.
The successful candidate will play a vital part in commissioning, editing and publishing The Independent's news output and so should be organised, talented and a team player. They will be full of ideas, capable of prioritising and breaking news, confident in commissioning reporters, able to think visually and edit copy quickly and accurately. About you: The successful applicant must have experience of news editing at either a regional or national level. They must be a good communicator and be able to make fast and sound news decisions. In addition, they must be able to work closely with reporters and editors.
Key responsibilities: Helping run the news desk
- Commissioning stories for reporters, overseeing The Independent’s widely read live blogs, searching for new news angles and working on a wide variety of stories including politics, health, climate, crime and social affairs.
Editing copy and producing accurate, pithy headlines. Making editorial decisions using a variety of news sources and evaluating stories from rival news outlets. Keeping a sharp eye out for strong traffic-driving stories which will be well read and widely searched. Skills and experience:
Essential: Proven experience of publishing in a regional/national newspaper or news desk Knowledge of digital news NCTJ qualification Working knowledge of SEO Must be prepared to work day shifts, evenings and weekends
Desirable: Experience of running a publisher’s social media accounts Experience using web analytics programmes Continuous Improvement: Works in a smart, flexible and focused way, is open to change and suggests ideas for improvements to the way things are done.
Collaboration – Builds and maintains positive and supportive working relationships with colleagues. Helps to create an inclusive and professional work environment.
Building Capability – Keeps own knowledge and skill set current and evolving and looks for ways to continue learning to support the achievement of business objectives.
Quality Service – Delivers high quality and efficient service and takes account of the diverse customer needs and requirements when looking at ways to improve service quality. Responsive Delivery - Works to agreed business goals and objectives and deals with challenges in a constructive and responsive way. Takes personal responsibility for quality of outputs.
To apply, please send an up to date CV along with a full covering letter with salary expectations. Closing date is DATE usually 2 weeks.
Due to the high volume of applications we will only be contacting candidates who have been shortlisted and progressed through to the next stage.
Location: You will be based at our Head office in Kensington, London, W8.
The Independent is an equal opportunities employer, if you require any reasonable adjustments to complete your application, please do not hesitate to advise us accordingly.
All of our employees are entitled to benefits including great pension, private healthcare and life insurance schemes. We also offer cycle to work and season ticket loan initiatives to make our employees’ journeys to work easier. We want our employees to enjoy working for us and we invest in training and development to support and develop rewarding careers