The Calvert Journal is an award-winning online magazine dedicated to exploring the culture and creativity of the New East: eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia. The Calvert Journal delivers a daily briefing on travel, art, design, film, architecture, fashion and related cultural areas through a mix of reportage, informative analysis and photography.

We are looking for a News Editor to join a growing, ambitious organisation that puts culture, creativity and international connection at the heart of its activities.

The News Editor will be expected to pitch, write, produce and copy-edit news and feature stories that strengthen The Calvert Journal’s journalistic authority and influence while helping to significantly grow our total and core loyal audience.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Source and write daily cultural news stories from the New East for the website

• Translate and edit Russian-language news and feature content into English

• Continually work on longer term articles and features in addition to news writing responsibilities

• Source photos for news and features stories

• Proofread copy in English

• Monitor New East-related websites and publications as source material for news and feature content

• Expand a network of news sources in Russia, the New East and internationally

• Maintain knowledge of current cultural, social and political affairs in the New East

• Contribute to the development and delivery of the social media strategy

• Contribute as part of the editorial team to the development of content for the site

• Participate in long-term planning for the Journal

• Ensure all stories are accurate, clearly written and grammatically accurate prior to publication

Required skills

• Knowledge of Russian

• Excellent written and verbal communications skills

• Exceptional organisational skills and an ability to manage the daily/weekly/monthly workflow independently

• Experience of using online content management systems

• Excellent attention to detail (eg. grammar, style, consistency)

• Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to present ideas and information clearly

• Good knowledge of web analytics to track and monitor success of social media activity

• Sufficient knowledge of online search to track and monitor postings relevant to the website

• Ability in photo and video software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or equivalent, is a bonus

• A skilled multi-tasker, with ability to juggle breaking news stories with long-lead features

• An ideas generator, eager to uncover original stories and angles

Person Specification

• Experience in writing and editing for print or online publications

• Ability to write and translate Russian into English

• Knowledge of a second language from the New East region is a bonus

• Native standard of English

• Excellent writing style and the ability to generate a constant flow of feature ideas

• Fast, efficient editor of copy with good proofreading skills

• Ability to work collaboratively with local and remote colleagues

• Detail oriented

• Good interpersonal and teamwork skills

• Good commercial awareness

• Enthusiasm, drive and flexibility

• Demonstrable knowledge of contemporary culture including art and film to design, literature and music

• Interest in the arts and contemporary culture of Russia and eastern Europe

Please quote when applying for this position

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