Regional Digital Editor – Tindle (Devon)

We have an exciting new role on offer within our multimedia publishing business, for a forward-thinking, dynamic digital editor with a passion for local news.

This new position is part of the company’s drive to move into a digital-first era, and we are looking for a talented journalist to help us shape that future and deliver our agreed editorial strategy. This is an exciting opportunity to develop and grow Tindle Newspapers digital presence through agreed additional platforms and the way in which our brands interact with the wider community.

This role can be based in Kingsbridge or Newton Abbot, Devon and will be largely office-based to support your team of multimedia reporters, but with some flexibility for a day working from home.

Nobody understands our communities like we do. Our news brands are the favourite local read of communities across the region, engaging with people on the stories and issues which matter to them most.

You will be joining as our compelling digital content reaches more people than ever before. With teams working at the heart of all things local, we provide trusted news and information read by local communities.

Operating in some of the most beautiful locations in the United Kingdom we hold our communities together with valued local news, delivered in print and online. We publish the stories that matter most to engaged local people, creating marketing opportunities to deliver messages for brands large and small.

Key Deliverables & Responsibilities

· Use data and analytics to drive the content agenda, with the aim of increasing page views and engagement

· To transform the workflow and lead the newsroom with a digital-first process

· To develop and grow our digital presence and the way in which our brands interact with the wider community

· Work with commercial teams to increase monetisation of our digital content

· Have a digital-first mindset, ensuring all content is produced for online first with consideration given to the timing of when articles are published

· Oversee production of content across our brands that is relevant, high-quality, engaging and improves our websites

· Drive digital growth across all platforms

· Produce and manage the production of hyperlocal and engaging digital content, including ‘today’ stories, social media, live blogs and video content

· Be an active participant in and a promoter of all forms of social media – both personally and on behalf of your brand – including exploring new platforms as they emerge

· Manage the teams and processes to ensure all agreed content volumes, targets – e.g. video, blogs etc – and deadlines are met

· Work with central content team to promote engaging, hyperlocal content, targeting new audiences

· Liaise with the newsletter editor to create current, bespoke and engaging newsletters on an assortment of topics

· Share best practice and content ideas with other Group editors

· Take personal responsibility for driving your brand’s digital growth to achieve agreed audience goals

· Understand and actively use analytics tools such as Chartbeat to analyse your audience data, identify trends, and share information with staff to improve their understanding

· Know the difference between SEO, social and website headlines to improve search performance

· Liaise with the production hub to push content to Atex for them to carry out auto-pagination

· Ensure there is sufficient content for the hub to produce and complete the printed newspapers, including liaising on key stories

· Support the training and development of staff, building upon the Career Pathway

· Maximise interaction with online users and readers, and frequently analyse, feed-back and action

· Support other editors across the Group as business needs require

· Produce content that is legally sound and complies with the Editors’ Code of Practice

· Immerse yourself and your brands in the community – both in physical and virtual spaces. Continuously build contacts with editorial and commercial stakeholders

About Tindle Newspapers Ltd:

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Whether it is journalism, sales or marketing a career with us has the added benefit of stunning locations, a working environment that reflects the independent nature of the company and the flexibility you would expect from an organisation like ours.

We are ambitious about growing our local audience, drawing on our heritage to confirm our reputation as a trusted local news source. Thanks to investment in our digital channels, we are seeing audience growth and innovation in new fields such as video and live blogging.

Tindle has four core values running through everything we do:

  • Trusted locally: We are proud of our rich heritage, which has been built upon trust
  • Local knowledge: Nobody understands our communities and our region like we do
  • Evolving business: Growing numbers of people are engaging with our multiple brands
  • Local engagement: We deliver compelling marketing solutions for local and national advertisers

The history of Tindle Newspapers Ltd can be traced back to the 1950s. Today, Tindle is one of the largest privately-owned regional newspaper companies in the UK. We are proud of our rich heritage, which has been built upon trust and created by belonging to and caring about the towns and villages our committed staff serve.

These traditional strengths stand the test of time as our Company evolves to be a modern media business, with growing numbers of people engaging with our multiple brands. This allows us to create compelling marketing solutions to local and national advertisers.

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