Head of News

Job Introduction

We’re looking for a senior content editor to lead our newsdesk at the biggest news website in the North East, ChronicleLive, to be based at our hub in the centre of Newcastle.
The role will join a five-person team at the heart of our daily content operation. As the leader of this team, you will be responsible for managing a team of journalists who are producing content for web, app and social media audiences throughout the day. You’ll use audience data to know what content works well, and on what platforms, at the right time of each day.
You’ll brief reporters and photographers to deliver great content – including words, pictures, video, data and interactives – to ensure we get the highest possible levels of audience engagement.
Live coverage is a vital part of life in our digital newsroom. You’ll know when to launch live blogs for big stories, and how to direct our breaking news team to keep momentum as audiences flock to our sites.

We’re looking for someone who has at least two years of newsdesk experience and a strong understanding of how to develop digital content across a range of topics. You’ll also need a sharp news sense, together with excellent accuracy and attention to detail.

So, who are we?

We are Reach plc, you might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to the UK and Ireland’s most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Mirror, Daily Express and OK!, to our regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more), our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people. We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human. Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too.

Role Responsibility

  • Lead the newsdesk and news reporting team, setting high standards to ensure digital audience and engagement targets are achieved, brand values are met, and that coverage is high-quality, comprehensive, legally safe and essential for the local audience.
  • Organise and oversee content creation and publishing for web, app and social media platforms around live news and key events, ensuring every opportunity is exploited, resource is well-planned and the team is well-briefed.
  • Manage live content schedule and oversee news copy flow across digital platforms, in line with news diary and audience spikes.

The ideal candidate

  • At least two years’ newsroom or content management experience and full NCTJ-accredited senior qualifications including media law are essential, and people management experience is desirable.
  • You’ll need to be creative and energetic, with excellent social media savvy and the ability to thrive under pressure.
  • Experience of publishing via digital content management systems and video editing would be advantageous.
  • The role involves being comfortable working at pace and under deadline pressure. You’ll also need to be flexible covering early and late shifts on a rota, including weekends.

Package Description

  • 25 days holiday per annum when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave
  • Enhanced Maternity, Partner and Shared Parental Leave benefits
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Simply Health Cash Plan
  • A brilliant induction and learning hub
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Technology purchase scheme
  • Car purchase scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lots of high street discounts
  • Huge focus on Diversity & Inclusion. We have launched 6 networks to drive diversity at work and an inclusive environment, and to give you a voice. We hold panel events with internal and external guest speakers, and provide some really useful resources.
  • Huge focus on your wellbeing. Free wellbeing apps and confidential coaching support, with access to free healthcare advice and counselling (available to your
  • and your immediate family members who live in the same household). Some services are available 24/7 via call and live chat.
  • We are a FTSE 250 Company.
  • We are a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels

Job Information

Job Reference: 010383_1638278199
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Breaking News, Content, Correspondent, Editor, journalism, media, Media Law, NCTJ, Reporter, SEO, Writer, Writing
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