The Economist, Social Media Fellow

Location
Remote / London
Salary
£2K per month
Posted
Oct 07, 2020
Closes
Nov 08, 2020
Industry
Journalist
Job Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time

Help shape how The Economist looks and feels on new digital platforms

The Economist was founded as a print newspaper in 1843, but today we have a growing digital operation and 50m followers on our social media accounts. Ever more people are encountering our journalism for the first time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

The social media team comprises creative and enterprising journalists, some of whom join us on one-year fellowships to help shape The Economist’s digital future.

We are now recruiting a new fellow to work alongside colleagues from our London newsroom. For now, this role will be remote, but candidates should be prepared to attend our London office as required.

The position would suit a graduate of a journalism course or someone who has some limited experience in editorial roles and is ready to take on a full-time role for a year.

Applicants should be seeking to establish themselves firmly in an editorial department while learning through doing. The bulk of the work will be to produce posts for a variety of social media platforms, promoting the best of our journalism.

This means collaborating with section editors and news editors in London and around the world, as well as colleagues who produce our films, podcasts and Instagram Stories. The successful candidate will also work on audience engagement, assisting in our push alert and newsletter strategy.

Are you a diligent writer who can absorb an article and turn out material that will shine on crowded timelines? Are you looking for a role where you can learn, experiment and work with some of the world’s smartest journalists and editors? Are you eager to help shape and improve The Economist’s digital presence?

If you answer yes to these questions, we’d like to hear from you. Click 'APPLY NOW' to send the following items.

  • A CV and cover letter
  • A 400-word post for The Economist explains blog, on a topic of your choice
  • Two tweets and one Facebook post to promote your article
  • A 200-word pitch with a novel idea to promote your article on any social and/or digital platform


Your blog, posts and pitch are the most important part of the application and we will read these blind (ie. without seeing names or where people are from). Only if what is written matches what we are looking for will we examine the accompanying CV and cover letter.

Successful candidates will be hired on one-year contracts and paid £2,000 per month. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 8 November 2020. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. We are looking for someone to start in late January or early February 2021.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, interviews for this position are likely to be held remotely.

Requirements

  • A journalist with proven experience in producing content for social media and digital platforms
  • Sharp attention to detail
  • Evidence of successful collaboration with colleagues
  • An understanding of The Economist’s values, tone and audience
  • Awareness of what different publishers are doing on social media, push alerts and newsletters
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, would be an advantage


The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants of all ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.

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