Digital Platforms Editor
Contract: Fixed term (8 months)
Hours: Full Time
Start date: January 2019
DBS required: Enhanced
Starting Salary: £25,000 (pro rata)
Purpose of the team
The Student View (TSV) is to scale pop-up newsrooms across England and Wales after receiving grant funding from Google.org. Launched in September 2016, The Student View is a media literacy charity working to create a newsroom in every school to ensure all young people become critical media consumers and creators. The Student View places journalists in schools as volunteers including Tania Bryer, Afua Hirsch and Robert Shrimsley.
Journalists mentor schoolchildren during workshops to give them a chance to share their world through words. More than 60 journalists from over 20 media platforms including the Financial Times, BBC and The Guardian volunteer as Student View mentors. Over the next two years, The Student View with Google’s support will establish 30 pop-up newsrooms in schools across major towns and cities in England and Wales, including social mobility coldspots such as Bradford, Hastings and Norwich.
In 2017, these areas were ranked by the Social Mobility Commission as some of the worst places for children from low - income backgrounds to grow up in England. Workshops will cover topics such as bias, fact vs opinion, spotting misinformation, privacy, the social media landscape and what makes news newsworthy.
TSV journalists will create local news reports on issues that matter to them.
Our editorial team focuses on publishing the content of TSV journalists and acts as our digital voice. The Digital Platforms Editor works as part of The Student View’s core team in London to help grow our audience and provide the organisation’s digital platforms with a distinctive voice.
The candidate will edit, publish and promote content for TSV’s digital platforms. They will also work extensively with TSV’s Programme Delivery Manager and Chief Executive. The successful candidate must come up with graphic-rich, data-driven and multimedia content for our target audience.
The candidate will work closely with the Chief Executive to develop content strategies. The successful candidate will be adept at performing quickly under pressure as they work with reporters to produce compelling stories that appeal to our target audience of 11 - 18-year-olds.
Essential skills and experience
- A strong command of English and nuances of English grammar
- A strong background in news awareness, editing copy and reporting (NCTJ desirable)
- Strong design, video and illustration skills
- Strong social media and verification skills
- Knowledge of media law
- Strong interpersonal skills
- An ability to understand and simplify complex material for young people
As a Student View employee, you are eligible to receive 27 days per annum (pro-rated for fixed-term employees).
How to apply:
Stage one: Application form
Please submit a cover letter, CV and examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that you outline in your cover letter why you want to work for The Student View and why you believe you are a suitable candidate for this role.
Stage two: Interview
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Chief Executive from Wednesday 28th November.
We aim to provide feedback to all interviewed applicants within 10 working days from the closing date.
The closing date for applications is Monday 26th November at midnight. We will be reviewing applications as they are submitted, so early applications are highly encouraged.