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HTFP Jobs: Editor, Taunton

Somerset County Gazette, Bridgwater Mercury, Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News and Chard & Ilminster News

Based: Taunton

Posted: Mon 4 Oct 2021
Closing Date: Mon 1 Nov 2021
Employer: Newsquest
Job Category: Editors
Management
Employment Type: Full time
Sector: Regional Media

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Somerset County Gazette, Bridgwater Mercury, Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News and Chard & Ilminster News

Based: Taunton

Posted: Mon 4 Oct 2021
Closing Date: Mon 1 Nov 2021
Employer: Newsquest
Job Category: Editors
Management
Employment Type: Full time
Sector: Regional Media

Job Description

Editor – Somerset

A salary of £45,000 to £50,000 is offered depending upon experience. This is alongside a raft of other large company benefits including a performance bonus and 5 weeks leave excluding bank holidays.

Employment Type: Permanent

The role: Editor of the Somerset County Gazette, Bridgewater Mercury, Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News and Chard & Ilminster News, some of the oldest and most respected news brands.

This is an exceptional opportunity for both a highly experienced journalist with many years of experience and also for someone who is comparatively new to the discipline but who is rising rapidly through the journalistic ranks with a demonstrable set of credentials.

You will lead a team based in our Taunton office, and remotely, and drive the newsroom forward on its digital journey. Getting brilliant papers out each week is a given but success in this role means growing the digital audience and embracing a digital-first culture.

As Editor, the buck stops with you. You will be responsible for audience performance across print and digital, as well as the public face of the brands in the area while keeping true to our mission to be the number one news brand in our communities for trusted local news.

As Editor you will:

  • Drive the change in the newsroom towards digital and support your team to prioritise digital audience growth
  • Coach your team and guide their development, particularly but not exclusively the trainees
  • Lead on growing digital subscriptions for the Somerset County Gazette
  • Be the face of the news brands in the region and build relationships in the community and with advertisers
  • Produce high-quality newspapers every week and other publications as needed
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure our titles are successful and financially sustainable.

You will be supported by the managing director, as well as Newsquest’s central digital team who provide training and guidance for our journalists.

About you: You will be an experienced journalist and leader, with a sound understanding of media law and the IPSO code. Perhaps you have already been an editor or have been on the content desk and are ready for the step up. You will understand the journey our news brands are on from print and be exciting about leading the next step of that transformation. The role involves leading a team, of journalists, so you need to be prepared to get stuck in but without getting bogged down.

Somerset is a beautiful place to live, and this role will suit someone ambitious who wants to find the quality of life in an amazing location.

Contact Details

To apply, please send your CV and a brief covering letter to Hussain Bayoomi, via email hussain.bayoomi@newsquest.co.uk

 

 

Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Monday 1st November 2021.

Employer Information

Newsquest
Loudwater, High Wycombe, Bucks