Assistant editor, Eastbourne

Full-time (Monday – Friday)

Office-based with the option to work from home on Mondays

An exciting opportunity to join the team at Light & Sound International (LSi), a world-leading monthly trade publication serving the professional lighting, audio, staging and audio-visual industry.

PLASA Media is looking to fill the role of assistant editor in a team producing both LSi magazine and its popular daily news website – www.lsionline.com

The successful applicant will have a high level of literacy and an excellent eye for detail, a knack for spelling and punctuation and a proven ability to write clear and concise English. They will be presentable, confident and outgoing, good at operating within a small team, and able to cope with the demands of production deadlines.

About LSi:

For more than 35 years, LSi has been the market leader in this incredibly specialist global industry. Published by PLASA - the Professional Lighting and Sound Association - LSi covers the broad range of technology and design for show and event production, including pro audio, light, video, staging, and effects. LSi is complemented by its website - home of its popular daily news service and a comprehensive, searchable digital magazine archive - plus its growing social media channels.

About PLASA:

PLASA is an international trade association representing companies and individuals in the entertainment technology industry, encompassing professional audio, AV, lighting, broadcast, staging, rigging, and related technologies. Supporting its global membership with a wide range of business resources and technical support, PLASA’s commercial activities include trade events - such as PLASA Show and PLASA Focus Leeds – certification schemes, industry-leading publications and business forums.

Role overview:

As assistant editor, you will work closely with the editor, playing a vital role in planning, generating, processing, and developing editorial content for the print magazine and associated online media.

Your responsibilities will include preparing editorial content to the highest standard and ensuring factual accuracy and consistency of style. In the absence of the editor, you will progress magazine production and handle editorial inquiries. The position requires occasional national and international travel.

While the position offers an exciting and varied experience in the ‘live entertainment technology’ industry, it is important to note that the role involves a combination of creative and more routine tasks. The successful candidate will be expected to balance high-quality editorial work with day-to-day tasks essential for the smooth production flow. This includes, but is not limited to, tasks such as uploading the daily online web news, proof-reading and sub-editing, fact-checking and occasional administrative duties.

Beneficial qualifications and skills:

  • Proven high level of English language and grammar.
  • Attention to detail; sub-editing and proof-reading skills.
  • Technical writing ability and news/business journalism experience.
  • Strong, creative copywriting skills.
  • Social media skills – content creation, posting, and monitoring across all major platforms.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent organisational skills and time management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Personal attributes:

We are not just looking for someone with a passion for theatre, concerts and live events; we seek individuals serious about a career in print and online journalism. As a small team, we want someone who aligns with our values and enhances our team dynamics. We value team members who are hardworking, professional, friendly and dedicated. As with any deadline-driven position, flexibility and commitment are key.

Application process:

Please submit your CV and covering letter detailing why you feel you would be a good fit for this position, along with a 500-word sample of original factual reporting on a subject of your choice to:

Claire Beeson, editor via claire.beeson@plasa.org with the subject line: ‘LSi assistant editor, application’

Salary and benefits:

  • Up to £30,000 depending on skills and experience.
  • PLASA offers a comprehensive healthcare package to its employees.
  • This position offers excellent long-term opportunities for career progression and for national and international travel, working for PLASA in a fascinating and varied industry.

We look forward to welcoming a dedicated and talented assistant editor to our close-knit team!

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