LDR Content Editor

MyLondon is the authentic voice of the capital – covering the news that matters most to Londoners, whichever part of the city you live in.

Our Reporters are on the ground in every single borough, finding the stories that inform, inspire and entertain.

We are recruiting for a Content Editor to ensure Londoners get the hard-hitting political coverage they deserve.

Our site is home to a 10-strong team of Local Democracy Reporters and Political Reporters, covering key political decisions and their impact on everyday lives.

Working alongside MyLondon’s Assistant Editor (local democracy) you will help lead politics coverage across the capital, guiding the team and ensuring councils, TfL, NHS trusts and other public bodies are held to account in a way that’s lively, engaging and relevant.

You’ll also make sure the issues that matter most to London’s diverse population are at the heart of what we do.

Whether it’s finding fresh ways to explain the capital’s housing crisis, crafting powerful human interest features, or helping reporters to get a difficult investigation over the line – we are looking for people who can inspire and motivate a team.

This will be an ideal job for a content editor with a passion for public affairs or an experienced reporter looking to step up into a desk role.

We are looking for someone with an unquenchable drive to make people care and engage with community news.

You’ll also need an excellent set of digital skills, working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to craft strong headlines and social sells – as well as spot and act on analytics trends.

Working at one of the UK’s most exciting news brands, it goes without saying you’ll have a talented team of reporters, editors and digital specialists by your side, along with industry-leading training and development.

You’ll also play a key role in the development of the BBC’s Local News Partnership, working with media groups across the capital to ensure your team’s stories reach the widest possible audience.

About the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

This scheme is designed to increase coverage and scrutiny of councils across the UK.

Funded by the BBC and run by media publishers, reporters who join this service provide in-depth coverage of local authorities which will feature on websites, newspapers and broadcasts across their region.

This is a high-profile job – where your reports can feature on websites, print, regional TV, radio and even the BBC homepage.

You can find out more about life as a local democracy reporter here.

Key Responsibilities

What will the role involve?

  • Managing the lists and content for nine local democracy reporters, identify key stories and political themes and ensure these are told in an engaging and thought-provoking manner
  • Provide mentorship, training and development of the team
  • Edit and publish stories to a high standard, in line with best headline and SEO practice
  • Ensure we provide an effective and robust service which meets our partner requirements, BBC editorial expectations and impartiality standards.
The Ideal Candidate

Who are we looking for?

  • Ability to write about politics and local government in an engaging way, removing jargon and identifying key points of audience interest
  • First-class digital publishing skills and ability to use Escenic competently and quickly
  • Demonstrable interest and knowledge of local government
  • Excellent communication skills. This role involves working with multiple newsrooms. The ability to maintain clear and concise communication with colleagues in a fast-paced environment is vital.
  • Rigorous attention to accuracy – particularly spellings and place names.
  • Sound knowledge of audience analytics tools
  • Solid understanding of social media and comfortable using social publishing tools
  • Up-to-date legal and IPSO code knowledge
Package Description

What can we offer you?

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

  • Help saving for your retirement – join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
  • 25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme

Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

Job Information

Job Reference: 010647_1647408694
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: London
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Reach, Reach Plc
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