Digital Rugby League Writer

Expiring today

Reach plc
Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
£Competitive Salary + Company Benefits
25 Feb 2019
25 Mar 2019
Reach plc
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Introduction

We are looking for a keen journalist to join our team as a Digital Sports Writer, who will source, create, produce and promote digital rugby league content to our loyal readership and attract new, large audiences.

The successful candidate will be able to understand what fans want to read and watch, producing content which puts supporters first.

We are Reach because it's what we do.

Every day our newsbrands - national and regional, in print and online - reach millions of people up and down the country. We are the UK's largest news publisher, with influential national newsbrands such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday People, Daily Record, and more than 100 distinguished regional titles.

Our brands have a long heritage of being trusted sources of news and information, with our editorial conviction and high standards of journalism providing audiences with timely information and opinion across multiple platforms.

Last year we sold 540 million newspapers, and our network of over 70 websites provide 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, viewed by 110m unique browsers every month.

Key Responsibilities

You will...

  • Produce content around rugby league and in particular Hull Kingston Rovers which will appeal to and engage our audiences
  • Use social media to engage with and build our audiences
  • Be able to produce outstanding multi-platform digital content across our different production platforms
  • Help to plan for & produce content ahead of major events
  • Use analytics and data intelligence to guide your own content production
  • Cover major stories and breaking sport news in a fast-paced digital environment
  • Maximise opportunities for audience engagement and interaction through emerging social media platforms and applications
  • Source third-party content, including blogs, video, audio and pictures, where appropriate to add value to content.
  • Be flexible to work on content away from rugby league, assisting with producing content on football
  • Ensure all work at all times conforms to Reach PLC policies and procedures

The Ideal Candidate

You will demonstrate an excellent understanding of how to find and write for a passionate and knowledgeable rugby league audience to drive traffic with creative ideas on how to respond to trending topics and an ability to write fast, accurate and engaging copy to tight deadlines. Experience writing for a digital audience would be preferable, along with an up-to-date knowledge of media law, search engine optimisation and tools such as Buzzsumo and Google Trends. Demonstrable experience in a similar role or through freelance work or voluntary projects, such as running a successful blog or website, will also be highly valued in the recruitment process.

The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate:

  • The highest journalistic standards
  • An understanding of what content rugby league fans want to consume
  • The ability to work across digital platforms
  • A proactive approach to content production and promotion
  • A flexible approach to shifts
  • An understanding of how best to harness breaking news in the digital environment
  • Be flexible to work on content away from rugby league, assisting with producing content on football

Package Description

In addition to competitive salaries, 25 days holiday, bonus structures (if applicable) and a contributory pension scheme, Reach plc have a wealth of flexible benefits on offer. These include holiday purchase up to ten days per year, childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, a technology scheme in conjunction with Curry's PC World, car scheme, health cash plan, employee loans and lots of high street discounts! Our business is fully committed to health and wellbeing in the workplace with an employee assistance programme and trained mental health first aiders across the business.

We are committed to equal opportunity for all. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process. We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don't delay in submitting your application. Please note that we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application deadline/closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received