News Editor, United States
Los Angeles, CA
Digital Spy is looking for a news editor to lead the editorial output of our USA edition, with a particular focus on leading our coverage of TV. The successful candidate will work with the site's co-founder, based in New York City; Digital Spy's editor, based in London; and an editorial team in the US and UK.
About Digital Spy
Part of Hearst Magazines, Digital Spy is an entertainment news and discussion site serving a worldwide audience of more than 12.5 million unique users per month (March 2012, Google Analytics).
DS launched in the UK in 2001, having evolved from a network of sites about multichannel TV and DVDs into a global entertainment site covering TV, Tech, Gaming, Movies and Music in-depth, accompanied by a 24/7 all original, never syndicated showbiz news service that covers entertainment of every kind, tick-by-tick. We publish more than 250 articles every day.
We're proud to be the UK's pre-eminent home of entertainment news and conversation. We're a team of people working in a variety of places - some at our London headquarters, some at homes across the UK, USA and Australia, some from our office in New York City - who live and breathe entertainment, get our facts right because we're writing about what we love, and enjoy communicating trustworthy information and relevant context to our audience all day, every day.
Beyond the UK, we have editions in Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. All content and presentation is managed through our own custom CMS, RAMS, which our in house engineering team based in London iterates and evolves as our product develops.
More than 2 million Americans already enjoy DS every month. We're ready to take our American site to the next level and are looking for a News Editor who wants to be part of making that happen.
The ideal candidate will be a strong writer and copy editor with these qualities:
- Encyclopedic knowledge of, and passionate for, entertainment
- A good knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the broad range of television shows we cover
- The ability to work to fast turnaround times
- Excellent attention to detail and a high standard of accuracy
- Experience preparing and conducting interviews with celebrities and showrunners
- Startup/entrepreneurial mindset, efficient, self-motivated
- Good contacts within the TV industry a bonus
- You must be legally authorized to work in the United States
- Sourcing, writing and publishing content - breaking news and interviews/features - in the DS house style to tight deadlines, often multiple articles per hour
- Developing Digital Spy's relationships with broadcasters and showrunners
- Covering premiere and publicity events
- Co-ordinating the activities of US editorial team with the global newsdesk and editorial leadership in London
Your application should include ALL of the following:
- A covering letter
- Your résumé
- Your salary expectations
- Three news articles in the style of a typical DS news article on suitable TV-related stories for today. Applicants are encouraged to read news articles in the TV and Reality TV sections beforehand to get a feel for style and type of articles
- Details/clippings/examples of previous work