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The Telegraph: Senior Sub-Editor - Headlines

The Telegraph
London (Central)
Competitive + excellent benefits
Closing date
Jun 24, 2023

Job Details

The Telegraph needs a brilliant headline writer to ensure our headlines are the best they can be across all our digital platforms and serve to inform headlines in print.

The Headlines Editor will work on our integrated back bench, with responsibility for revising and improving headlines written by sub-editors to ensure they are tailored perfectly for The Telegraph’s audience.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the heads of digital and print production to write and revise headlines that are sharp, engaging and accurate.
  • Use analytics to understand the Telegraph’s digital audience and write headlines that will attract a wide readership while also appealing to existing subscribers.
  • Test headlines using analytical tools to increase reach, engagement and clickthrough rate.
  • Communicate to all publishers within the newsroom what makes a good headline and share knowledge to build expertise.
  • Work with the Head of Social Media and the Head of Editorial SEO to ensure content is optimised, as appropriate, to reach the largest possible audience of prospective subscribers.

Key skills

  • Experience of working in a senior subbing role of a major news organisation
  • Ability to work quickly to meet deadlines, but also to think creatively about original new ways to tell stories
  • Track record of building engagement with a digital audience
  • Understanding of how to use data analytics
  • Understanding of Social Media and SEO
  • Excellent news sense and current affairs knowledge
  • Full knowledge of media law

Our benefits

The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here by creating a suite of benefits that contribute to lifestyle choices and leisure activities. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and parental leave (six months fully paid maternity leave and enhanced paternity/partner leave), to life assurance and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Training and development

With support from your manager and colleagues, you’ll also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Our commitment to inclusion

At Telegraph Media Group, we foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds. We believe in equality of opportunity and welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.

We are proud to be a Level 3 Disability Confident Leader as part of the government’s Disability Confident Scheme. If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition and would like support in applying for any of our roles or if you require any reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

To find out more about Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Telegraph Media Group, and for more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.


The Telegraph is an award-winning, multimedia news brand synonymous with quality, credibility and authority for more than 160 years. 

We are renowned for the analysis, perspective, opinion and insight our journalism provides to a discerning audience. Every day the content we create sets the news agenda, sparking debate and provoking comment.

Our vision, with quality journalism at the heart, is to pioneer new ways to serve 10 million registered users and 1 million subscribers. We’ll achieve this with a constant focus on our journalism, and by using the data and understanding we have of The Telegraph’s audience to successfully grow our revenue streams from subscriptions to advertising, travel, events, and financial services.
We want to capture diversity of thought through our people, create inclusive working environments that allow everyone to be their authentic selves at work while creating a sense of belonging to ensure we have the highest performing teams.

The Telegraph is proud to be a WORK180 endorsed employer for women in 2021.

For more information on our purpose, beliefs and people values, please visit our website. Visit our careers website to learn more about our people and jobs.

Company info
020 7931 2000
111 Buckingham Palace Road

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