ArtsProfessional, News Journalist

Expiring today

Location
This role will be based in London, but there may be a possibility of working in Cambridge.
Salary
£27,000
Posted
03 May 2019
Closes
22 May 2019
Ref
Cision
Industry
Journalist
Job Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

ArtsProfessional is the UK’s leading online B2B magazine serving the arts and cultural sector.

With a popular website, a series of weekly e-bulletins and solid social media presence, we aim to serve professionals working in or with the arts sector, across the full spectrum of art forms.

Especially known for our high-quality investigative journalism and in-depth research-based coverage of key issues facing the sector, we report on subjects ranging from arts funding, workforce diversity, and cultural policy, to financial management, audience development and income generation.

We are now looking to deepen and broaden our news coverage by appointing a talented and ambitious journalist to contribute news writing and editing expertise to our small editorial team.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to work in a fascinating niche area covering a range of business-related sector-specific subject matter for publication online and through social media.

We are looking for an individual with a ‘first time right’ approach to writing and editing high quality content.

With a background in news journalism – preferably B2B – the successful candidate will have a thorough appreciation of journalistic values and best practices, and be familiar with all the basics of digital publishing.

As well as writing clear, compelling and accurate news copy, they will be skilled at writing powerful headlines, standfirsts, captions and social media posts to ensure maximum reach and impact.

This role will be based in London, but there may be a possibility of working in Cambridge.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Responsibilities

1. News writing, including:

  • Using a wide range of primary and secondary sources to develop news stories
  • Writing clear, compelling, accurate copy for publication across all digital platforms
  • Writing powerful headlines, standfirsts, captions and social media posts to maximise reach, impact and engagement  
  • Liaising with press offices and other contacts to develop news stories and source comment
  • Sourcing relevant images and ensuring copyright clearance
  • Adopting and adhering to AP style principles relating to web publication.


2. Sub-editing news, including:

  • Improving, cutting and extending text to improve flow and comprehension
  • Editing according to AP style principles
  • Fact checking
  • Correcting grammar and spelling
  • Raising author queries in relation to potentially sensitive or defamatory content, unreliable sources or unsubstantiated evidence or assertions
  • Sharpening headlines and standfirsts.


3. Feature editing, including:

  • Editing to sustain the essence of author voice while improving flow and cutting for length
  • Correcting grammar, spelling and style according to AP style principles
  • Raising author queries in relation to potentially sensitive or defamatory content, unreliable sources or unsubstantiated evidence or assertions
  • Writing powerful headlines, subheadings, standfirsts, captions and social media posts to maximise reach, impact and engagement.


PERSON SPECIFICATION

Knowledge:    

  • Microsoft Office software, especially Word and Excel
  • Content management systems (esp. Drupal preferred)
  • Paintshop Pro or other photo editing software
  • Use of social media in a business context
  • An understanding of the UK arts sector


Experience   

  • Minimum 1-year news journalism experience, including both writing for web and sub-editing
  • Uploading content on CMS systems and social media platforms


Skills / attributes:    

  • A ‘first time right’ approach to writing high quality engaging content quickly and accurately to meet tight deadlines
  • Confident yet sensitive editing technique
  • Effective and efficient internet research
  • Understanding of SEO best practices and Google Analytics
  • Familiarity with the use of social media in a business context
  • Exceptional command of English, with a keen eye for detail
  • Good command of journalistic values and best practices including knowledge of media law


Qualifications

  • NCTJ or equivalent journalism qualification


TO APPLY:

Sounds like the job for you?

To apply please email a full CV and covering letter by completing the application form below.

Please identify 4 links to your published work that demonstrate your news writing and editing skills. If possible, you should attach the associated raw copy on which your editing was based.


Closing date: Wednesday 22 May

Second interviews: w/c 27 May

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