Senior Writer (Central Hardware)

Posted: 6/25/2019

Location: New York City, New York
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Digital Marketing, News & Journalism, Writer
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: Competitive Annual Salary

Job Summary

Reporting to the Central Hardware Team Managing Editor, you will primarily be responsible for writing articles and updating buying guides about gaming hardware technology for and, plus performing other editorial work as required. You may also be required to assist with the production of video-based articles, podcasts, and event coverage.

You will be given a schedule of regular articles you will need to create and update. You will be responsible for meeting all your deadlines and liaising with colleagues to ensure you produce high-quality content that meets the needs of the readers.

You must also respond to reasonable requests from senior members of the editorial team to help create any of the department’s output, including its websites, magazines, video, and social media. 

Example of content types you will be responsible for: in-depth buyer’s guides relating to choosing the best products, reviews of new components, 'how to' guides, video explainers.

You will be expected to deputise for the Managing Editor and existing Senior Writer in his/her absence, attending relevant meetings and updating management on the team's workflow and performance.

Other responsibilities: sub-editing copy, re-versioning articles from one site to another, developing new and strengthening existing relationships with hardware vendors.

The job requires attention to detail, good organisation skills, a calm approach, self-discipline, and a passion for building and maintaining gaming computers.

Department Summary

PC Gamer and GamesRadar are the backbone of Future's gaming output. Both sites feature extensive hardware coverage which drives eCommerce performance through the use of affiliate links. All editors are expected to work with their colleagues to create efficient practices that minimise the need for extra resources such as freelance help. In order for the editorial team to be effective, staff must be pragmatic, collaborative and communicative.

Key role responsibilities:

  • Deliver quality, relevant and well-written copy to deadlines as directed by the Central Hardware Team managing editor and/or other senior editorial staff.

  • Understand and deliver on readers’ needs.

  • Use SEO tools and analytics to monitor the performance of a substantial suite of 'evergreen' content with a view to maintaining and improving search ranking.

  • Take responsibility for managing your own workload, liaising with editors in order to meet all your deadlines.

  • Develop and maintain productive industry, PR and commercial relationships.

  • Be responsible for and deliver any administrative tasks set by senior staff.

  • Contribute to social media content as required.

  • Record video-based content as and when directed by senior editorial staff.

  • Attend events when required

  • Under the direction of the Editorial Director, all editorial staff may be asked to work on any of the creative output of the games group. Such workload will be measured and sensible.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Fantastic writing skills

  • Good understanding of SEO

  • Specialist in testing multiple component types

  • Experience of writing for online

  • A good knowledge of the technology industry, particularly regarding PCs, games consoles and their peripherals.

  • Ability to explain complex subjects in a clear and easily understood fashion.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent spelling and grammar.

  • Work on own initiative

  • Ability to deliver copy to tight deadlines

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Team player

  • Confident reviewer of tech

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Postgraduate-level journalism qualification

  • Knowledge of libel law

  • Expert knowledge of the technology industries – PCs, hardware, graphics cards, storage, monitors, SSDs, processors, etc.

  • Expert knowledge of the hardware market space – vendors, online retailers, price points, on a global level, etc.

  • Experience in writing eCommerce driven content

    To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a cover letter explaining why this is your dream job!

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