N&S Digital, Nature Editor

London (Central), London (Greater)
£ DoE
07 Jan 2015
21 Jan 2015
Digital, Nationals
Job Type
Full Time

Job title: Nature Editor

Department: N&S Digital

Location:  Lower Thames Street

Job description:

The role of the Online Nature Editor is to write and edit market-leading nature, animal and pet exclusives while managing the website’s nature landing page to maximise web traffic.

Experience on the nationals and/or in a digital news environment would be useful.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding digital news operation in our London HQ. Please apply with CV.

Key responsibilities:

  • To generate a daily news list, focusing on nature content on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that the focus is always on the site’s most-searchable stories.
  • To stay on top of all developments in the natural world and nature coverage from TV documentaries and cover those on the site.
  • To use your PR and charity contacts to pull in exclusive interviews and news stories that will deliver a richness of content to the site.
  • To push content via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, in accordance with the digital social media policy.
  • To optimise stories in accordance with the digital SEO strategy.
  • To be able to react quickly to breaking news stories.
  • To, wherever possible, identify unique headlines and angles for stories covered elsewhere to make content more searchable.
  • To keep a close eye on nature content and, where necessary, correct typos and factual errors and flag possible legal concerns.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of media law.
  • To write and edit in accordance with digital house style.
  • To manage and foster relationships, where needed, to generate celebrity/nature blogs and columns.
  • To offer support and coaching where required, and to make sure there is cover 7am-11pm.
  • To read all the other national sites specialising in nature content and form a thorough knowledge of competitors.
  • To constantly monitor Twitter for breaking stories surrounding the natural world.
  • The online nature editor will also be expected to carry out interviews and attend some events.

Key skills and experience:

  • Proven background of specialising in nature content, sourcing exclusives, copy editing.
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines, multitask, forward plan, develop relationships with PRs and management.
  • Experienced digital journalist with familiarity with CMS, Photoshop, Google Analytics.
  • Understanding of different types of web traffic, and how to to increase organic traffic.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to nurture and develop writing talent, grammatical skills.
  • Professional understanding of journalism law.
  • Understanding of the online market and the expectations of the reader.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Flexible approach to working hours including weekends and lates.

How to apply:

If you are interested in this position please e-mail your CV with a covering letter to recruitment@express.co.uk by close of 21st January 2015, quoting the job title in the ‘subject’ box of your email.

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