Social media intern
We are seeking a social media intern to assist with our strategy to extend the reach of The Economist’s journalism on digital platforms.
The audience team is at the heart of The Economist’s strategy to ensure our digital presence becomes as strong as our print heritage. It publishes content to social media, produces a growing portfolio of newsletters and sends push alerts to our apps. It assists the Newsdesk with the management of our wider digital operation, as well as seeking opportunities to reach new audiences and increase engagement among existing subscribers.
Ever more people are encountering our journalism for the first time on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube, where our accounts have a total of nearly 60m followers. However, size is not everything and we want to do more to turn this audience into the next generation of subscribers.
This one-year fellowship is an entry-level position with a salary of £26,000. It will be based in our main newsroom in central London but with a specific remit to reach audiences in North America, while remaining true to our 179-year-old brand.
The successful candidate will be an innovative, unstoppable news-hound with an interest in, and knowledge of, current affairs, politics and finance around the world, but particularly in North America. They will have suggestions for how we can tailor our content for a uniquely American audience and knowledge of the regional media landscape. They might have some junior experience as a journalist, either through internships or perhaps for a university newsroom, or have experience in telling engaging stories on-line. Importantly, they will understand how The Economist’s brand and social-media output fit into the global media landscape—and how we cover events such as the mid-term elections, the hearings of Congress’s January 6th 2021 committee, the threat to abortion rights and the Federal Reserve’s attempts to rein in inflation.
How you will contribute:
- Help distribute our journalism across digital channels, primarily via social-media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn but also through push alerts and newsletters, to audiences in North America and globally
- Collaborate with multiple editorial and digital departments
- Devise ways to create and publish engaging content that turns our journalism into easily digestible material for a mobile-first audience
- Work closely with—and learn from—an award-winning team of talented, motivated editors and producers
The ideal skills for this role are:
- The ability to share our journalism in engaging ways, both in text and visually (eg, graphics, charts or videos)
- Thorough knowledge of different social-media networks, as well as emerging digital trends and platforms, and how The Economist fits into them
- An understanding of multimedia content, which could include basic editing skills for video or audio
- Strong writing and proofreading skills, using British English
- Good communication skills, both written and oral
- A thorough grasp of current affairs, both in North America and elsewhere
- Excellent news judgment and a commitment to producing accurate and engaging journalism that meets our editorial guidelines and is true to our brand
- The ability to be a self starter, capable of working both independently and within a team structure
The fellow will collaborate with journalists in locations such as New York, Washington and Toronto, as part of our social-media team of ten. As a result they should expect to work shifts: typically they may be on duty during UK evenings for two weeks out of three, with regular office hours at other times. We are following a hybrid model and anticipate that we will spend at least two to three days per week in the office. All applicants must be based in the UK to take up the role—and we can only consider those who already hold the right to live and work in London without the need for any further visa-application process.
We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.
Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.
Fields of study
- Marketing / Sales
- Media / Communication
- Visual arts / Design
Required degree level
- Level 3 (e.g. A Level)
- Level 4 (e.g. Higher National Certificate)
- Level 5 (e.g. Foundation degree)
- Level 6 (e.g. Bachelor's degree)
Years of experience
- £20,000 to £30,000 per year
- Digital Marketing
- Mobile Devices
- MS Office
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