Digital News Editor

21 Oct 2021
28 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

The Daily Echo is seeking a news editor for the digital age to lead our team of reporters.

The successful candidate will be an excellent leader, great organiser and passionate about storytelling. You will be delivering the sort of fast, agile, dynamic coverage that our readers expect and deserve in 2021.

We want to tell the stories our communities care about - everything from what's happening in the corridors of power to the latest on crime on our streets and in the courts, as well as the best new shops, restaurants and bars (and the ones to avoid). We also believe in solutions journalism, so we like to go in search of the answers as well as presenting the problems.

Based in Southampton, you will be working in one of the most exciting patches Newsquest has to offer. A city rich in history and big events - but with plenty of brilliant stories to tell.

We're soon to move into a modern, waterfront office in the city so you'll be perfectly based for breaking news and digging out those exciting stories.

You will be leading our dynamic newsroom team and working alongside our Digital Audience Content Editor to drive our digital-first agenda with the content which matters to the people of Southampton and Hampshire.

Southampton is perfectly placed on the south coast and is a vibrant city to live and work in.

Key responsibilities

?? Setting the news agenda for our team of reporters.

?? Working alongside our Digital Ace to produce a daily output of high-quality accurate news stories on the Echo website.

?? Overseeing the output of the print title to deadline.

?? Being first to report accurate breaking news.

?? Thinking creatively to come up with new story ideas and ways to deliver them to our audience.

?? Spotting national/regional content that could resonate in your patch and making it relevant and interesting to our readers.

?? Keeping on top of what's happening at court and reporting the best stories, as well as weekly listings/results.

Our ideal candidate will have:

?? Experience of leading a team.

?? Exceptional attention to detail.

?? The ability lead, write and think quickly under pressure.

?? A brilliant news sense.

?? Great people skills and the ability to get on with a wide range of people in the community.

?? A high level of organisation and the ability to manage yours and the team's diary.

?? Ideally NCTJ qualification (including 100wpm shorthand).

?? Excellent knowledge of relevant media law.

?? A zippy, fresh writing style

A generous salary, which is open to negotiation, is being offered depending on experience alongside a raft of company benefits including five weeks leave excluding bank holidays.

Closing date is November 14.

If this sounds like the job for you, email your CV and a brief covering letter to Diarmuid MacDonagh. Regional Editor for Hampshire, Dorset and Cornwall.