Digital Football Writer - Manchester Evening News

Reach plc
Chadderton, Greater Manchester, England
Competitive plus company benefits
27 Feb 2018
27 Mar 2018
Dale Havers
Contract Type
Full Time

The Manchester Evening News is seeking to recruit a digital football writer to join the team to create United and City content and video that fans want to devour. This exciting opportunity is an excellent platform to display your work for a website which has in excess of 70 million pages view a month. Everyone covers United and City but not to the brilliant extent we do at the Manchester Evening News.

Reporting to the Football Editor, you will create compelling content on the clubs - and promote it and engage with fans on social media. You'll be bursting with ideas which embrace the best of digital journalistic practice. And you'll know where to dig out the stories that matter to the fans by being all over the social channels and forums that live and breathe Old Trafford and the Etihad.

The role will offer flexibility and you'll effectively be given a blank canvas - to shape the role into what you want it to be. If you prove yourself on the desk you'll be rewarded - with the chance to cover games and join the match rota, as well as attend press conferences. If you have a feature idea or a story tip from a contact, you'll be given the time to work on it. We want unique content that chimes with fans and you'll be given the freedom to experiment in all areas. If you've got something you'd like to try for United or City, we want you to try it!

We will give you a platform to shine digitally, grow your 'brand', express your opinion to a global audience and cover two of the most exciting clubs in Europe. We want you to innovate and take our coverage to the next level.

Our Company: Trinity Mirror

Trinity Mirror Group, with an award winning portfolio of newspapers, websites and digital products, is one of the UK's largest multimedia companies employing more than six the thousand people across sixty-plus locations around the country.

Our drive to capture, present and analyse the news inspired the launch of our very first papers in the early 19th Century. And today our commitment is just as strong. Whether via page or screen, our audiences get the trusted, reliable news service they have come to expect. Our loyal readers and advertisers are attracted by the knowledge, insight and vital services that our iconic brands provide. None of this would be possible without our dedicated employees driving the business forward.


In addition to competitive salaries, bonus structures (if applicable) and a contributory pension scheme, Trinity Mirror Group plc offer a whole host of voluntary flexible benefits. These include a car scheme, holiday purchase, childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, staff discounts, season tickets & parking loans and an employee assistance programme.

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.

Ideal Candidate

  • You'll have live-blogging skills because you'll be running our daily and match-day blogs providing up-to-the-minute compelling content
  • You'll have the ability to hit deadlines throughout the day to fit in with our publishing schedule
  • You'll have video editing skills and the ability to spot video opportunities. You're also comfortable shooting footage on your iPhone.
  • You'll be comfortable in front of the camera as well - our football writers are never shy in voicing their opinions.
  • You'll live on social media and spot stories and fan-issues ahead of the opposition
  • You'll be strong on SEO and know to get the best out of social media posts - we want a natural when it comes to wording, timings and tone
  • And you'll be NCTJ qualified or have the relevant experience that will make you tailor-made for this role.


  • Trinity Mirror or equivalent journalist qualification (or relevant time-served experience).
  • Comprehensive knowledgeable about football with strong content judgement
  • Excellent writing skills
  • An expert digital storyteller with a thorough understanding of how to make engaging content
  • A skilled user of social media to engage audiences, source ideas and share content
  • Comfortable at getting out and about and making contacts
  • Ability to edit video and audio
  • Ability to work well under deadline pressure
  • An exemplary team player, willing to work flexibly according to the football calendar
  • Energy, enthusiasm and self-motivation
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Flexible approach to shifts.
  • Full driving licence.

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