Optometry Today, Assistant Editor
Duties of job:
Optometry Today incorporates the Association of Optometrists’ monthly professional journal, news website and social media channels.
The assistant editor’s duties and responsibilities are:
1/ Support the development and delivery of high quality editorial content, for OT’s print and online channels
- Write high quality daily original news, long form features, interviews and blog pieces on science, health, research, policy and technology topics, for print and online. This content will reflect the interests of members and related to the profession and industry
- Create and maintain a growing network of contacts across the sector, including academia and industry
- Contribute to editorial meetings including researching story leads and pitching content ideas to the editor
- Commission engaging and relevant content from within the association as well as from external authors.
2/ Support the production process of editorial content in the monthly print journal, OT
- Proof and subedit content in Microsoft Word and InDesign packages to maintain quality and adherence to ‘house style’ – and ensure copy is ready for online
- Ensure final layout of features is optimised for print, including liaising with the designer regarding position of page furniture, typography, and choice of images
- Take an editor role on supplementary print projects, including commissioning, writing and editing copy and liaising with the design/production team.
3/ Support the delivery of editorial content for OT’s online channels
- Assist web editor in subediting copy for online
- Commission and interview contributors for video content in collaboration with the video production editor.
4/ Manage stakeholder relationships related to OT print and digital channels
- Act as a point of contact for the designer to support the production process
- Attend key clinical, education and commercial events to network and build relationships
- Act as a point of contact for OT across the organisation and help to promote its activities.
Skills, experience and qualifications required for job
1/ Skills and abilities
- Ability to review and summarise scientific and academic papers for a B2B audience
- Ability to write high impact and high quality short news stories and longer-form in-depth articles
- Ability to adjust writing style for online and print
- Tenacious, able to spot and source news stories
- Proficiency in teeline shorthand for interviews, for news and feature pieces
- Accurate proof reading skills, and excellent spelling and grammar and subbing skills for headlines
- Up to date with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign)
- High level understanding of technology for communications work and its uses
- Communications, networking and facilitation skills, including the ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people
- Adaptable to changing circumstances, able to multi-task and make decisions in the best interests of the organisation
- Ability to plan workload and re-organise, based on changes in news and articles
- Life sciences and clinical research sectors
- Print and digital production processes and technologies
- NHS/health system, organisational structure and key bodies
- Media law, libel etc
- Content management systems (CMS).
- Working in a healthcare journalism role
- Writing news and features for print and online publications, preferably for a B2B audience
- Working on investigative news reporting projects
- Working with online content management, SEO and video production teams
- Taking an editorial lead role on a print project
- Proof reading and subediting in a publishing environment for online and print, including using InDesign.
- Educated to degree level
- Post-graduate diploma in journalism
- Teeline shorthand
Reporting to: OT editor and deputy director of communications
Please send a cover letter and CV, addressed to John White, OT editor, by completing the application form below.