The Huffington Post UK, Blogs Assistant Editor
Title: Blogs Assistant Editor
Reports to: Blogs Editor
Location: London, WC1E
Position Type: Permanent
Please Note: There is a task to complete as part of your application – this is stated at the end of this job description. If this is not supplied with your application, we will not be able to consider you for this role.
AOL Huffington Post Media Group UK is a division of AOL Huffington Post Media Group International that is responsible for AOL’s consumer media businesses outside of North America. AOL Huffington Post Media Group UK includes the editorial business operations of AOL’s consumer media business In UK, which include The Huffington Post UK, MyDaily, Parentdish and the AOL UK network of sites.
AOL UK is a top five digital media company in terms of audience, top three in IPA Media Owner Effectiveness Awards, and has continued to grow its rankings in each editorial vertical building brands such as MyDaily into the UK’s biggest women’s fashion and beauty site.
AOL has in excess of 11m unique visitors in the UK each month. The Huffington Post UK was launched in July 2011 and has already surpassed 2.5m unique visitors per month. The Huffington Post in the US was launched in 2006 and quickly grew to become one of America’s most respected online newspapers.
Purpose of role
After just a year, The Huffington Post UK has firmly established itself as an innovative arrival on the British online media scene - and we’re on the hunt for a talented assistant blog editor to work on our blogs team.
Independently minded but a strong team player, a strong nose for news, impeccable all round general knowledge, experience on a national news desk, a love of politics and a dedication to spreading the HuffPostUK word are all absolute musts.
You’ll be a proven writer who knows what exceptional writing is - though do bear in mind this is NOT a writing job - and you will already be utilising and fully understand the power of social media to promote content.
Key Role Accountabilities
You will also be an excellent sub editor and you’ll relish being tasked with the management of sourcing, editing, curating and publishing contributions from our bloggers. You’ll have a cheerful manner at all times when dealing with the public; you won’t be phased when dealing with all manner of well-known bloggers and won’t blink at persuading famous people to post. A contacts book to die for will help, coupled with a head-full of ideas and the ability to bring loads more brilliant bloggers to the party. You must relish being in a fast-paced, hectic environment and be able to keep smiling throughout.
Alongside incorporating multi-media elements into all our pages and promoting blog posts on Facebook, Twitter et al, photo sourcing and editing, you’ll work with section editors to promote the best daily blogs, plus help us find new bloggers with something interesting to say.
Ideal candidates should have the following skills:
• Actual paid experience on a national level on a newspaper or news-led website – this is not a first job
• A passion for politics
• Impeccable writing and editing skills
• A passion for, and insight into, the latest social networking tools
• Excellent organisational skills
• Excellent site management and production skills
• Positive, collaborative team player
• Enthusiastic self-starter
• Innovative problem solver
• Thrives under pressure
• A great sense of humour (the drier and dafter the better) and a big love for pug dogs
• Degree or equivalent NCTJ qualification
• To apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org OR apply via AOL Careers – you will need to upload all content when you attach your CV.
• Please state “Assistant Editor, Blogs – HuffPostUK” as the email subject title.
• For your application to be considered please send a covering Letter, your CV and completion of the task set below:
o A snappy 400-word critique of The Huffington Post’s current blogs.
o List five ideal HuffPost UK bloggers that we haven’t got on board yet, explaining how you would secure them and what you would want them to blog about.
Due to the number of applications this role generates, we will only feedback to candidates who are submitted to interview stage.