Deputy Live News Editor – DC Thomson (Aberdeen/Inverness)

Job Description

The Press and Journal is looking for a skilled journalist to assist with leading its live news team.

From Aberdeen to Inverness, Elgin and Oban – our live team sets the news agenda across the north and north east of Scotland.

It’s the beating heart of the newsroom and is responsible for producing quality content that engages The P&J’s local communities fast and first.

Reporting to the Live News Editor (Aberdeen), the Deputy Live News Editor (Aberdeen/Inverness) is responsible for up to five live news journalists split across various geographies.

Accountabilities and responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Live News Editor to lead the live team and ensure reporters produce a consistent flow of audience-focused live content
  • Line managing a number of reporters; helping them develop their skills and reach their full potential
  • Working closely with the Live News Editor and Head of Live to meet targets and wider newsroom goals
  • Assisting the Live News Editor with managing resources, rotas and planning content
  • Ensuring content is accurate, balanced and of the highest standard
  • Producing content if required
  • Creating and maintaining relationships with local organisations and individuals
  • Collaborating with teams across the newsroom
  • Using SEO best practice to increase content visibility via search
  • Supporting trainee reporters through NUJ qualifications
  • Travelling to offices across the patch when required

The ideal candidate: 

  • Is a brilliant journalist with an eye for detail, who knows what a strong news story is and how to tell it
  • Has management experience
  • Has a strong track record of news editing
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment with deadlines and targets
  • Works well under pressure and can manage major news events
  • Understands real-time analytics and knows how to use data to inform story choice
  • Is a social media native with an eye for trends and what makes social audiences tick
  • Understands the media landscape and wants to be at the frontline of new and best practice
  • Has detailed knowledge of the Editors’ Code of Practice, GDPR and media law
  • Holds a full UK driving licence

To apply for this role, please follow our online application process and submit a CV and cover letter.

This is a full-time, permanent position, working 35 hours per week from our Aberdeen or Inverness Office.  We offer a generous package including 34 days holiday, health cash plan, gym discount, excellent pension, a competitive salary, and many more staff discounts and benefits.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from everyone and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristics.

If you have any issues with your application, please email

Please note that we reserve the right to close the vacancy early once we have received suitable applications. Therefore, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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