The new head of content role for the South Wales Argus and sister weeklies is a key part of the content desk, working across print and digital.

This role will line manage half of the reporting team, coaching them to achieve and surpass their digital subscription and page view goals. 

It will lead on forward planning to ensure the newsroom is ahead of the news agenda, not simply reacting to events.

And it will take ownership of ensuring we have the right content in our print editions, curating and manging the flow of copy to meet deadlines for the print production hub. That ownership of content applies from the front to the back page, including news, sport, politics, leisure and anything else.

The role reports directly to the editor and will work alongside the digital audience and content editor to ensure our titles hit their digital and print audience targets, which include growing our loyal audience and subscriptions.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure titles meet audience targets for print and digital
  • Line manage and coach journalists
  • Meet copy deadlines print titles, sourcing and managing copy onto pages
  • Ensure copy is safe, legal and to a high standard
  • Manage the flow of the paper and the different platforms, ensuring good quality content and the right mix and balance, from the front to back of the papers. This will include using the AI-assisted team, assigning stories to reporters and putting some content on page
  • Work in partnership with digital audience and content editor (ACE)
  • Proactively plan news coverage of events and issues our readers care about, including a focus on topics of greatest interest to our loyal readers.

Requirements 

  • Excellent communication with digital ACE, editor and reporters. This means being based in our Newport office.
  • High standards. We aren’t just filling papers and getting done, this role is a champion for our readers ensuring that we deliver what they want.
  • Taking responsibility for solving problems.
  • A senior journalist, ideally with desk experience

Newsquest Media Group is one of the UK's largest newspaper and website publishers. As well as a competitive salary, we also offer generous benefits including:

  • Contributory pension
  • Perks and discounts at various retail outlets
  • Opportunities for team building and training days
  • 25 days' paid holiday + statutory bank holidays + your birthday day off.
  • Structured career progression, ongoing training, and personal performance reviews
  • Discount vouchers
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Mental health support via Lifeworks
  • Eye test vouchers plus £50 towards new glasses.
  • Annual Volunteer Charity Day

Newsquest Media Group is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all community sections regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Our recruitment process will consist of various stages and activities, as part of our commitment to fairness to all applicants, we will consider any adjustments that could help you.

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