Convenience Store Magazine – Reporter

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Location: Crawley

Closing date: November 19th

Purpose of Role:

To make an all-round editorial contribution to Convenience Store in print and online.

Key responsibilities & tasks:

– To self-generate and write under instruction daily news stories for the website and the fortnightly magazine
– To write product launch announcements and longer category features for the website and the fortnightly magazine
– To work in partnership with other members of the editorial team and contribute to and complete larger projects
– To conduct interviews with readers and industry stakeholders for bite-sized summaries and longer profiles
– To visit retail outlets and interview owners and staff about their business operations
– To attend industry events, represent the title and build contacts with industry personnel

Key skills and qualifications required for role:

– Ability to write both news stories and longer features to a high standard
– Ability to plan workload in advance, be realistic about abilities and deliver on deadline
– Understanding of and confidence in using digital platforms and multimedia and publishing technology
– Self-confidence to talk to senior industry figures and report their comments accurately
– Self-reliance to organize on the road appointments and arrive promptly
– Ability and personality type to work collaboratively within a team environment
– Ability to learn quickly and make a wide-ranging and growing contribution to the brand as required

How To Apply

To apply to this role, please send your CV and cover letter to applications@journograds.com

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HITC – Online Football Writer

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Location: Work From Home

Closing date: November 2nd

Established over 13 years ago, HITC is looking to further develop its successful football franchise.

With between 12-15m visits a month, we are now seeking to hire an additional football writer who can bring fresh insights and energy to this growing part of our business. The successful applicant will be able to produce engaging content in an expeditious manner, and will be used to writing 15 – 20 articles a day to tight deadlines.

We are looking for applications from individuals who can demonstrate a proven track record in football journalism,  and have experience writing for web-based football publications.  As this is a home-based position, you will be expected to operate in an autonomous manner, and will be comfortable with the freedoms that come from a relatively unstructured environment.

Applicants should have a detailed knowledge of the English Premier League and the Championship.

Interested candidates should please send a CV, a list of clubs where you consider yourself to be expert, details of your social media profiles and a current and unique example of their work to vic.daniels@hitc.com

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Complex UK – Editorial Internship

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Location: London

Closing date: November 19th

Complex Media is the largest multi-platform lifestyle destination for young males, with 110 million unique monthly visitors and 1.2 billion monthly pageviews (Google Analytics). The company is comprised of a collective of lifestyle sites for men, anchored by a flagship hub, www.complex.com.

Complex covers the full range of men’s lifestyle content, from music and style to sneakers, sports, tech and cars. Complex Media has a powerful social platform, offers cutting-edge video and industry-leading branded content, working with many of the world’s top brands including Levi’s, Pepsi, Heineken and Reebok.

Complex Media is expanding its global content operations and launching a UK office under license through w00t! Media, a boutique marketing agency.

THE ROLE

Complex Media is offering a number of internships in our new London office. All will involve working closely with the editorial/content team and supporting them in the creation of content. Duties will include, but not be limited to: researching stories (in person, on the telephone, and via the internet); fact-checking; sourcing images (and gifs/vines/video clips); anglicising US content, and working with the CMS. There will also be the opportunity to contribute written and/or visual stories to the site and/or social channels.

Please state in your covering letter whether you are keen to focus on a specific vertical (eg. Style, Music or Culture), a specific content format (eg. News, Features, Video), or are interested in a more general internship across all aspects of editorial.

We can be flexible with the length of the internship and the number of hours per day/week, and are also open to applications from students looking for a placement as part of their studies.

Please indicate your availability and desired hours/length in your covering letter.

Salary and duration of role is negotiable.

YOU

You will have a good understanding of the Complex brand, the subject areas we cover and the core Complex audience.

You are comfortable carrying out the tasks listed above (ie researching, writing, working with images, etc) and, ideally, have evidence of previous work to illustrate this.

You will be adept at coming up with editorial ideas, and able to develop existing ideas into fully-realised articles.

To apply please email a covering letter, CV, links to your social media profiles and relevant examples of work, with the reference “Internships” in the subject line to: work@w00t.complex.com

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Complex UK – Social Media Intern

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Location: London

Closing date: November 19th

Complex Media is the largest multi-platform lifestyle destination for young males, with 110 million unique monthly visitors and 1.2 billion monthly pageviews (Google Analytics). The company is comprised of a collective of lifestyle sites for men, anchored by a flagship hub, www.complex.com.

Complex covers the full range of men’s lifestyle content, from music and style to sneakers, sports, tech and cars. Complex Media has a powerful social platform, offers cutting-edge video and industry-leading branded content, working with many of the world’s top brands including Levi’s, Pepsi, Heineken and Reebok.

Complex Media has recently expanded its global content operations and launched a UK office under license through w00t! Media, a boutique marketing agency.

 
THE ROLE

Complex Media is looking for a Social Media/Social News intern (or interns) to work in our London office. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the development of Complex Media’s UK operation.

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in building and engaging with audiences on social media, have an understanding of how news stories can be sourced and best constructed to gain traction on all the key platforms, and be excited by the challenge of growing Complex UK’s social footprint in the UK.

Direct experience of working with Social Media and Social Newsgathering, and passion about and knowledge of the topics that Complex covers—music, culture, style, sports, and sneakers—would be a definite plus.

Salary and role duration negotiable.

 
REQUIREMENTS

> An understanding of how to engage with and develop an audience on social media

> A good news sense, a strong interest in how ideas and stories spread online, and a genuine love of all things social

> Ability to think and act creatively, in a fast-paced environment

> A solid understanding of the subject areas that Complex covers (music, culture, style, sports, and sneakers), the Complex editorial tone and the wider Complex brand

> An established presence on 2+ social media platforms

> Writing ability and an ability to work with, create and manipulate images, gifs, videos and Vines.

> Knowledge of Google Analytics, SEO and social media publishing tools a plus

> Knowledge of, and keen interest in, the latest developments in social media a plus

> Ability to think analytically, to interpret and take learnings from data a plus

TO APPLY

To apply please email a covering letter, CV, links to your social media profiles and relevant examples of previous work, to: work@w00t.complex.com, using the subject heading ‘Social Media/Social News Intern’

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9 Tips For Better Blogging

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How do you get your blog noticed? (Pic: Ebunola Adenipekun)

By Ebunola Adenipekun (@ebunola1)

When you discover an amazing blog that you find yourself returning to regularly, do you ever wonder what it is about it that is making you so hungry for more?

I work in blogger outreach for a media intelligence company and read THOUSANDS of blogs throughout the year. I attend blog awards too, where I get to meet the winners and have a chat with them about what they think makes them so successful.

Through this line of work I have acquired a knack for spotting what makes a good blog, so I have decided to share them here on Journograds.

Here are nine tips to help your blog get noticed:

1.Think about who you are writing for

Try creating an imaginary person/friend who would represent your “typical” reader. Are they male or female? How old are they? What do they do? Are they a student, mother or father? Do they work in the city, or are they self-employed? Maybe it’s even that hot barista in the coffee shop down the road that you are writing for. Either way, have fun thinking about WHO the ultimate reader is – and then write for them.

Others have had success from writing for themselves. They feel there is a type of content that appeals to them but they haven’t yet seen it out there anywhere. Chances are they aren’t the only one who feels that way – and so they end up writing for a market of like-minded individuals.

Regardless of what works best for you, be sure you always write from that proverbial place we call your heart (I know it’s just an organ, but you know what I mean) and be passionate about what you are writing about. If you really care, it will come across in your posts. You can try and follow trends, but if you’re not fully engaged, it will show!

Readers of blogs often come back because they love the writer’s style and if appropriate, their humour. Be you!

2. Be clear about what you’re talking about

Many people think it’s best to have one theme throughout the blog. This can be anything from summer fashion or Beyoncé’s latest outfits to Star Wars and 90s TV shows.

This works because if someone is looking for advice on a certain topic and they know that you are the one who always covers it, then they will hunt your blog down and stick with it while it serves them.

According to one UK survey, Bloggers are among the best-trusted source of information.

3. Make your blog attractive

How often have you landed on a blog’s homepage and seen a dated and uninspired design that makes you want to stop reading it right then and there (regardless of whether its content may change your life or not)?

Don’t be that blog! You can use the vast number of themes available on blogging platforms, or learn how to create your own. Or even seek out a designer you know to help in exchange for money or a mutual service.

Also, large pics taken by and of yourself are often well-appreciated as it is offers an insight into your life and may inspire others – and, oh yeah, Instagram like no other.

4. Write often and keep it social (promote, promote, promote)

If readers know when to expect a new post they are more likely to excitedly anticipate it. Tweet, Facebook and Snapchat your new posts and be enthusiastic about it – and that will shine through.

Remember your ‘tents‘ – be persistent and consistent #ThatIsAll

As well as promoting your posts on social media channels, read other blogs – and comment on them. People love a good conversation. If you love a post, let the blogger know! And likewise, let fellow bloggers and readers know you’d love their feedback on your blog too.

If time is an issue, schedule your social media posts in advance (you can use tools such as Hootsuite)

5. Write a punchy headline

How many “how-tos”, “top [inset number] tips” and “why” blog posts grab your attention in the day? They’re a tried-and-tested formula that the pique the interest of a reader. They make the reader think “ooh, will this change my life?”

6. Find inspiration

Pinterest is one of my favourite social media channels ever – it’s like the best version of an online vision board. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Pinterest isn’t just about pretty pictures though! You can use it as a search tool for any subject: it gives you links to useful articles and posts on almost any topic you can think of.

Research, research, research. You learn a lot in the process of doing some intensive fact-finding about the topic you are blogging about and become a person readers come to for your perspective.

7. Edit and proofread

While typos don’t seem to be the end of the world on many a popular blog, I think it’s a good idea to have your blog post proofread (and edited) by someone else so it doesn’t spoil the experience for those who like to know the difference between they’re and there.

8. Guest write

There is some merit in writing for a blog you admire, as it widens your network. Read other blogs’ Get in Touch/Contacts pages. Some people are looking for contributors, while some would hate anyone else touching their precious blog – so get to know them from one another.

9. Enjoy writing

Good writing will come with practice (and by practice, I mean just doing it often!). Your writing will flow – keep at it and enjoy the process of creating a mini-media empire of your own in the form of a blog! Be creative with it – it’s a place to share ideas, rant, rave, record and broadcast!

Ebunola blogs at theboommoment.blogspot.co.uk, posts (some) of her artwork at facebook.com/ArtByEbunola and pins (a lot, some would say, too much) at www.pinterest.com/ebunola1. If you would like to blog for Journograds too, get in touch

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