Complex UK – Social Media Intern


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,

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.


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.


> 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 please email a covering letter, CV, links to your social media profiles and relevant examples of previous work, to:, using the subject heading ‘Social Media/Social News Intern’

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Sky Betting & Gaming – Social Media Content Executive

Location: Leeds

Closing date: Ongoing

Based in Leeds, Sky Betting and Gaming has grown to become one of the UK’s leading online betting and gaming companies, with a strong track record of digital innovation, receiving five prestigious awards at the 2015 EGR awards. As a pure online business with a mobile first ethos that brings the excitement of sports betting, casino games, poker and bingo to a rapidly growing number of customers in the leisure betting and gaming market; we’ve sustained rapid growth over the last few years. Close relationships with Sky Sports provide a unique opportunity to deliver a real Sky experience that makes us stand out in the online gaming sector.

At Sky Betting and Gaming we are making betting and gaming better and an integral part of this is thinking and acting for the customer. Part of our obsession with customer experience will see a newly formed Live Experience. The team will put the customer at the heart of everything we do and create a customer experience like no other. The Social Media Executive will report into the Live Experience Manager and is responsible for ensuring Sky Bet customers receive an industry leading customer experience. This role will focus on communication of product promotions, offers, incidents and customer contacts predominantly through social media channels. There is also a strong emphasis on cross departmental communication to ensure we continually improve the customer experience. This role will work closely with trading and commercial teams and is a great opportunity to learn the business.

As a Social Media Content Executive you will be responsible for delivering editorial and promotional content plans through Sky Betting & Gaming social media channels whilst ensuring proactive communication of technical and sporting incidents to Sky Bet customers. You will work closely with trading and commercial teams as well as customer impacting issues with multiple departments through multiple channels and further to this with customer service teams to resolve customer problems using Sky Betting and Gaming’s social media channels. You will play a key role in the Sky Bet “Super Live” and gold weekend experiences by creating an interactive and topical betting experience.


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BuzzFeed: “An Exciting Place To Work”

Scott Bryan working late into the night at BuzzFeed's London HQ

Scott Bryan working late into the night at BuzzFeed UK’s London HQ

BuzzFeed UK entertainment editor Scott Bryan explains why he loves the creative freedom offered to journalists at the fast-growing media company…

BuzzFeed is like no other place that I’ve worked before. I previously worked at The Times where (although I enjoyed it) departments tended not to know each other that well, and only a select few were chosen to write certain stories. At BuzzFeedUK, there’s none of that.

Here, we all get to write stories that we are interested in. There’s no pitching to editors or any hierarchy between writers: we have a short meeting where we let each other know what we are intending to write at the start of the day and then consult others for feedback and subbing when we’re about to publish. It’s a genuinely exciting place to work at the moment (the fact that everyone is lovely helps too).

We’re also different to other media organisations in the fact that we’re not limited by having to cover the entire news agenda in a mainstream way, like The Guardian or BBC News might. Instead we get to turn big news stories on their head or cover them from a different perspective – like the fun piece we did on whether Paddington Bear would be allowed into the country under current immigration laws, for example.

Another great thing about BuzzFeed is that, when it comes to covering stories, we can also be incredibly quick thanks to the technology we use. Our CMS (content management system) is incredibly user-friendly and that allows us to easily and quickly enhance our posts with lots of extra content.

We can add reliable sources to our posts such as quotes, images, YouTube videos, vines and embedded tweets all at the same time that a newspaper title might just get its written copy out. For example, with the recent story on the UKIP councillor who was suspended after blaming wet weather on gay marriage, we were able to include tweets, photos and a soundcloud recording to show readers the full story.

So What Skills Do I Need To Work At BuzzFeed?

If you want to be a part of BuzzFeed (and we are expanding quite a bit so it’s quite a good time to consider it), I would say that you need these things:

1. You Need To Use Social Meda – A Lot!

You have to be so into social media and the internet that you regularly receive complaints from friends and relatives for constantly checking it on your phone.

2. You Need To Use Social Media The RIGHT way

You shouldn’t just be following the main, ‘verified’ accounts and reading what they say without interacting. You should be on there sharing stuff you’ve come across, you should be engaging with with others and shouting your opinions IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

Why? Because you’ll learn how to find stories when big stuff breaks and you’ll understand better about what people care about when you’re about to write something.

3. Creativity Is Key!

You need to have lots of ideas. At BuzzFeed, whether you spend a few hours or a few days putting a post together, you need to be ready to move on to the next as soon as it is published.

4. Drive Is Vital

Finally, you need a lot of motivation. There’s no holding back on the number of stories we publish as long as they’re worth sharing, so you might need to be posting quite late at night or during the weekend in order to get your work done.

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Twitter: A Key Tool In The Journo Job Hunt

Michaela Walters

Michaela Walters in the Capital FM news studios

Michaela Walters has completed an internship at one of the country’s leading commercial radio stations. She shares some of her key tips for journo job seekers…

When I graduated in July last year I had already tested the journalism waters by gaining work experience at The Jewish Chronicle, West Essex Life and spending time on BBC Radio 1’s Community reporter scheme.

By the time I graduated I knew I wanted a job in the media. I was open-minded about trying different things and, because of the competitiveness of the industry, I knew that I had to be!

I wanted to get a feel for different areas of the industry first, so I focused my applications towards internships rather than jobs.

I sent out countless applications (seriously, I lost count). A month or two after completing a general online internship application form for Global Radio (which owns Capital FM) I was asked to interview for a three month social media internship – which I bagged!

I worked on all aspects of and learned the basics –  I wrote news stories, conducted picture research, sat in on interviews, built photo galleries, used their CMS and continued to learn about how to best utilise social media to grow brand awareness and drive traffic to a website.

Use Others As A Resource

I was sure to take advantage of the valuable knowledge that those around me had. It is very easy to feel like you’re bothering people by asking for help, but really, most people are more than happy to share their knowledge.

At Global, as soon as I realised how much there was to learn from others with more experience, I asked to be taught, including asking for quick lessons in Photoshop and SEO – anything that would enhance my knowledge and add to my CV.

In addition to the technical know-how I picked up, my experience at Global Radio taught me to seize opportunities and be open-minded. Working in social media hadn’t crossed my mind before I took the internship, but the knowledge that I have gained has definitely put me ahead in the world of online journalism.

I now have a strong CV and feel confident that I have the relevant experience to apply for the online journalism roles that really appeal to me.

Some Jobs Aren’t Advertised

There are two bits of practical advice that I would give to those in a similar journo job-hunting boat to my own: The first is to use all of the tools that exist in our web and social networking world to your advantage.

Connect with people on LinkedIn, look at their career path, message them asking for advice, inquire if they need an extra pair of hands in the office.

If there is a magazine or newspaper that you would love to work for, find the editors and the junior writers on Twitter and follow them – we live in an age where it is so easy to network with people without even meeting them. You’ll be shocked at how many jobs don’t make it on to job sites but rather are posted out from personal Twitter accounts.

I regularly take a few minutes to search for ‘Editorial Intern’, ‘Online Assistant’ or ‘Journo Job’ on Twitter – and almost every day at least one exciting tweet catches my eye.

The best bit is that I know a large number of people looking for similar roles to me haven’t even seen it, because the role never made it to a job site. (Have I just given my best kept secret away?)

Follow the person, tweet them back, email them applying to the role. That is exactly how I found my next role – a two month internship at Hearst Magazines, which I began this week.

Don’t Give Up!

The second piece of advice I have (and it is advice that I admittedly sometimes forget to take myself) is – try not to be disheartened. This is a tough industry.

The vast majority of things I apply for, and people I write to, I don’t hear back from. But like a good journalist would – keep digging. Every so often one person will get back to you, and one person is all it takes.

Do you agree with Michaela about the power of Twitter? Has it helped you find work or internships? Feel free to leave your comments below. You can follow Michaela on twitter @MichaelaWalters

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