Overnight Editor – Daily Star

Overnight Editor

Home-based
£Competitive + excellent company benefits

The Daily Star is the fastest-growing national newspaper website in the UK and is seeking a talented journalist to oversee coverage of the latest breaking news overnight from around the world.

The successful candidate will be full of ideas and be ahead of the curve in terms forward-planning and generating unique angles in a fast-paced online newsroom.

The Editor will be responsible for managing reporters across News and Showbiz, choosing the best stories, pushing them out on social media and chipping in with reporting. They will be expected to work from 11pm-7am.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a trained digital journalist looking to take the next step in his/her career. Experience on the nationals and/or in a digital news environment is essential, with knowledge of SEO and social media.

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

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Focus on breaking news content on a day-to-day basis in the UK and overseas, ensuring that the focus is always on the site’s most-searchable stories.
  • Show an understanding of the website’s key content and ensure a steady flow of this content.
  • Write news and analysis for the website and cover live events and use your PR and news contacts to pull in exclusive interviews and news stories that will deliver a richness of content to the site.
  • Push content via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, in accordance with the digital social media policy.
  • Optimise stories in accordance with the digital SEO strategy.
  • Stay on top of all developments in the news and cover those on the site.
  • Be able to react quickly to breaking news stories.
  • Wherever possible, identify unique headlines and angles for stories covered elsewhere to make content more searchable.
  • Keep a close eye on content and, where necessary, correct typos and factual errors and flag possible legal concerns.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of media law.
  • Write and edit in accordance with digital house style.
  • Manage and foster relationships, where needed, to generate blogs and columns.
  • Read all the major global sites and form a thorough knowledge of competitors.
  • Constantly monitor social media for breaking stories and reaction.
The Ideal Candidate

  • At least two years’ experience in journalism and ideally some editing experience.
  • Proven track record in breaking exclusives, building strong contacts and copy editing.
  • Outstanding editing, writing and subbing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines, multitask, forward plan and have a good eye for content that works best online.
  • An experienced digital journalist with familiarity with CMS, Photoshop, Google Analytics.
  • Understanding of different types of web traffic, and how to increase organic traffic and a strong news sense.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to nurture and develop writing talent, grammatical and organisational skills.
  • Professional understanding of journalism law.
  • Understanding of the online market and the expectations of the reader.
  • Must be prepared to work overnight shifts
Package Description

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

  • 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
  • Share save 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
  • Focus on Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Free wellbeing apps and confidential coaching support, with access to free healthcare advice and counselling.

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: 010525_1637856969
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: England
Job Types: Permanent
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