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Content editor

Content editor

remoteHybrid | Remote
ExpiresExpires: 11/08/2022
Editorial / Writing / Storytelling
Permanent position
£41,000 to £50,000 per year

Closing date for applications: 10th August 2022

Salary: depending on experience

 

Explore this role if you have superb editorial judgement, creative flair and a passion for quality fiction. 

The Booker Prizes have a unique place in the literary sphere, enjoying an enviable reputation as a cultural institution that is highly respected, much loved and hotly debated throughout the world. Over the past 50 years, more than 500 extraordinary books have been brought to the attention of the public, influencing reading tastes and transforming culture in Britain and beyond, along with the careers of hundreds of authors from around the world.  

In 2021, we launched a new digital strategy at thebookerprizes.com to showcase ‘our’ nominated books alongside their exceptional authors in one unique online space. Called the Booker Library, it aims to be a unique and entertaining cultural destination that brings fresh attention to our books by combining 1) new content; 2) archive material from our authors, publishers and partners as well as our own physical archive at Oxford Brookes University; and 3) curated content from across the web.  

The Booker Prize Foundation is building a new editorial team to take responsibility for our website, thebookerprizes.com, and our wider digital portfolio across social, video and audio platforms, as well as our work with other digital partners. We are looking for a skilled content editor to be responsible for producing, publishing and updating a wide range of content to our website and social channels that will bring ‘our’ books to life online. This will cover all longlisted, shortlisted and winning books for both the Booker Prize and the International Booker Prize in their combined 53-year history, as well as those nominated each coming year.  

Working closely with and reporting to the Head of Editorial, the Content Editor will play an integral role in devising detailed plans for individual packages of new content for our books, authors, themes and prize years. They will take hands-on responsibility for producing and launching this content for maximum impact and reach, and will be involved in the entire publishing process, from ideation to execution, including building articles, writing headlines and selecting visuals.  

They will be responsible for managing, finessing, updating and improving our substantial catalogue of existing evergreen digital content, from practical information about the Prizes themselves and the shortlisted books, to in-depth long reads, and they will be tasked with surfacing and repurposing this content in imaginative ways. This role requires an individual with a thorough understanding of best practice in digital content as well as how to nurture and represent a high-profile and respected cultural brand.  

 

Responsibilities  

  • Reporting to the Head of Editorial, publishing engaging copy (from practical information to interviews and features), videos, photography, audio and interactive content for the books nominated for the Booker Prize and International Booker Prize each year as well as from the past 53 years; 
  • Assisting the Head of Editorial in project-managing external commissions, including liaising with high-profile writers, photographers, artists, film makers, audio and interactive producers as required; 
  • Taking delivery of material, editing copy to the highest possible standard and launching it with maximum impact and reach; 
  • Working closely with editorial colleagues to identify and prioritise content around our prizes, from features, interviews and video to practical information, to ensure the annual Booker Prize and International Booker Prize reach the widest possible international audience; 
  • Working with editorial colleagues to help deliver effective social media and newsletter content to support the Booker Prizes and the wider Booker Prize Foundation portfolio of activities;  
  • Identifying and working with third parties – including agencies and individuals - on potential content and partnerships; 
  • Taking responsibility for the Booker Prizes’ digital archive of images, video, audio, copy, archive assets and other materials to ensure they are catalogued and managed with the correct data and permission; 
  • Ensuring all digital activity is on brand and consistent;  
  • Supporting the Head of Editorial in planning and budgetary control of all digital activities;  
  • Undertaking analysis of the Booker Prizes’ online activities to track performance against goals, reporting results and adapting activities accordingly.  

 

Knowledge, skills, experience  

  • Demonstrable experience as either a digital content producer or digital editor, or both, ideally in a journalism, book publishing or cultural institution environment, working to tight deadlines when required; 
  • Demonstrable experience of producing creative copy, images, video- and audio-based digital content for websites and social media, including links to a portfolio if possible; 
  • Experience of working with and editing high-profile writers, producers, artists and other talent;  
  • Experience of website development, using CMS systems and Photoshop/image software (ability to use video/audio editing software and Adobe After Effects a bonus);  
  • An appreciation of photography and experience of selecting and curating visuals for online platforms;   
  • Experience of using social media, newsletters and SEO analytics in a professional context;  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;  
  • Organised and reliable with excellent attention to detail;  
  • Comfortable conducting analysis using data;  
  • Self-starter who can work on their own initiative as well as collaboratively within a team and with third parties or external individuals/companies;  
  • Able to prioritise, handle multiple simultaneous tasks and work in a newly created team;  
  • Knowledge of - and passion for - contemporary fiction and literature definitely a plus! 

 

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you think you’re the right person for this role to the email found via the apply button.

We strongly welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries. 

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Salary range

  • £41,000 to £50,000 per year