Digital production editor

New York City, New York (US)
Competitive freelance salary
Jul 08, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Freelance, Full Time

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a video editing post; the position involves text news only. Please do not apply if you don't have suitable qualifications. Thank you!

South China Morning Post (SCMP) is looking for a smart, experienced freelance digital production editor located in or near New York City to work each Monday-Friday.

As digital production editor your tasks will change day-to-day, but include:

  • Managing SCMP homepages, ranking stories according to popularity and importance, and ensuring that requests from the various desks are met, as appropriate.
  • Using real-time analytics tools to help determine how and where stories should be ranked.
  • Sending out news alerts, scheduled and ad-hoc, to our app subscribers to promote readership on key stories.
  • Checking and updating the Apple News queue to ensure that the content remains fresh and appropriate, and pitching stories to the Apple News offices for promotion on its pages.
  • Pitching stories to our content partners at Politico.
  • Monitoring headlines, preview images and story summaries, and editing as required to best present articles to our readers.
  • Adding links and improving internal connections with popular stories to ensure high recirculation.
  • Optimising stories with relevant videos, interactives, infographics and embeds to increase reader engagement time.
  • Supporting both the New York and Hong Kong offices by editing stories for quality, as requested, and liaising with various desks as necessary to maximise engagement.
  • Selecting, editing and staging wire stories if wires team requires additional hand.
  • Sharing stories on social media accounts, on rare occasions that the social team is short-staffed.
  • You may also be required to edit and publish staff copy from time to time.

The ideal candidate will be a focused and experienced digital production editor who is comfortable and confident working both solo and as part of a team, with at least 3 years of relevant experience.

An ability to write smart headlines and gripping ledes is essential. Training will be provided, but prior experience with any or all the following would be useful: Apple News, Swing, Methode, Chartbeat, Tableau, Buffer, Drupal, Merlin, news content management systems and Slack. Ability to speak and read Chinese is not essential, but may be useful.

This position is only open to American citizens or Green Card holders.

The candidate will work from the Manhattan office on weekdays. Hours are typically 10am-6pm (summer)/9am-5pm (winter). Times may vary. 

Interested parties please send curriculum vitae with full career details. Please title email "SCMP Digital Production Editor".

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