Social storytelling and reporting

(6-month full-time contract)

The Journal is looking for a reporter and social media storyteller to showcase our content to our 1.2 million followers across the platforms.

We want to meet our readers (and potential readers) where they are, highlighting The Journal’s breaking news, original scoops, explainers, factchecks, podcasts and newsletters in a smart, engaging and accessible way.

This new position will have responsibility for distributing our editorial content through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You will make real-time decisions about what stories get placed where, reporting directly to the editors on the newsdesk, so the ideal candidate will be comfortable with the pace of a busy newsroom. The goal is to drive readers to read our news content.

There will also be space within this role to do reporting for The Journal, covering breaking news as it happens on site and on social media and creating quizzes and daily polls.

We’re looking for someone who understands what makes The Journal stand out from other news websites and how we should get our best work out to our audience. Reliable, trustworthy news is really important to us, and we want this reflected in the tone of our social media presence. We’re looking for a self-starter with high standards who can collaborate well, has excellent communication skills, and a good knowledge of news and current affairs.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating and posting content to The Journal’s social media accounts - Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - as well as to Google News Showcase in a way that best highlights our journalism
  • Finding strong content in our work that lives off the site (e.g. podcasts and newsletters) and redistributing on our social platforms
  • Writing news stories as needed. This could involve making phone calls, working from press releases or wire copy, or pitching original content
  • Creating weekend quiz content and producing polls on issues that are part of the national conversation
  • Contribute to larger newsroom projects, such as elections, major news events, etc

Successful candidates will have the following skills and abilities:

  • A strong sense for news stories, angles and modes of presentation that reflect The Journal’s tone and content
  • Familiarity with tools such as Tweetdeck, Facebook Creator Studio and CrowdTangle
  • Photo and video editing skills
  • Excellent spelling and grammar
  • Creativity and a willingness to try new approaches

Requirements:

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in social media content, ideally in a newsroom or another fast-paced environment
  • At least one year of experience working in journalism

Please email a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line by 5pm on Friday 6th May.

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