It is a really exciting time to join the Reach family. Due to our sustained growth and our ambitious future growth plans, WalesOnline is looking for a Content Editor to join one of the UK’s best, biggest and fastest-growing regional news websites.
WalesOnline is looking for a News Editor to join one of the UK’s best, biggest and fastest-growing regional news websites.
You will have a key role in shaping WalesOnline’s content, reputation and success, working closely with reporters and other content editors to devise, publish and promote outstanding content every day. You will promote excellence across our website and social media platforms and have oversight of our overall performance against key overall metrics. You will be an experienced journalist with a detailed understanding of how and where different audiences can be found, and how this translates to content decisions. This is a hugely exciting and senior job which will give you the chance to be a leader in the newsroom, be innovative in storytelling and social media posts and encourage the same behaviour and skills in others.
You will get to work on breaking news of major significance to our audiences and work on innovative and original off-diary reads. We are looking for journalists who are curious to find out what’s going on around them, to answer the questions our readers want answered, who find time to listen to conversations and ask what they can add, and who believe journalism does its best when it is read by as many people as possible. You’ll want to deliver stories which make people come back to our site time and again. We’re looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives from people from a wide range of backgrounds, and we want you to tell us the stories you believe are important from our many communities so we can continue to diversify our content.
Please note we will be reviewing applications for this role as applications are submitted. Due to this the role may close without notice, so please don’t delay in your application.
So, who are we?
Hello, we are Reach! 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.
Find and tell stories which engage as many readers as possible, and stories which will be of interest to local communities
Work closely with reporters to devise, produce, publish and promote outstanding content that will be widely read
Work on our social media platforms on a day-to-day basis to deliver brilliant and engaging posts
Have a detailed understanding of how and where different audiences can be found, and how this translates to content decisions
Be a leader in the newsroom on innovative storytelling on the website and on social media and encourage the same behaviour and skills in others
Quickly and effectively recognise and exploit audience opportunities arising from social media and trends
Identify best practice and strong ideas from elsewhere in the industry and apply them in ways that help WalesOnline progress
Encourage best practice among reporters around engagement: building communities, being involved in conversations, being accessible to readers, finding audience
Take on more general newsdesk responsibilities as requiredQuality, accuracy, legal and IPSO compliance
Build communities online and in real life to share stories with once published, and engage with readers about those stories
Ensure every piece of content is thoroughly researched and balanced prior to publication, in accordance with the Editor’s Code of practice
Act up or cover in other roles as and when required by the business
Uphold Reach’s policy around diversity and inclusion.
The ideal candidate
Digital publishing skills on CMS and social media
An experienced journalist (either a content editor or a senior reporter looking to take the next step in their career)
A detailed understanding of how and where different audiences can be found and recruited, and how this translates to content decisions
You will love all things social media and use these skills to build audiences and communities, ensuring content is shared on social platforms
Creative and passionate about quality digital storytelling in local journalism
Instinctive understanding of what makes a great story and why people want to read them
First class digital, social media and communication skills
A track record of producing great stories and getting the highest possible audience for them
Understand digital publishing, including SEO and analytics
Up-to-date legal and IPSO code knowledge
25 days holiday per annum
Contributory pension scheme
Free wellbeing apps and coaching support
Inclusion Networks and Champions, giving all employees a voice
Simply Health Healthcare Cashplan
Holiday purchase scheme
Plus lots of high street discounts!