December 19, 2012
Deadline for applicants: January 11, 2013
Random House of Canada Limited
Associate Editor, Digital Content Channels
Reporting to: Director, Digital Publishing
Random House of Canada seeks an editor/writer for Hazlitt, its online magazine and platform for digital publishing initiatives. The individual in this role will edit, assign, curate, write, and produce feature articles, blog posts, podcasts, and other media for publication on Hazlitt, but also potentially other digital content channels. The Associate Editor will support the Director in developing and maintaining Hazlitt’s unique editorial voice and identity, as well as helping to manage the daily production workflow necessary to publish the magazine.
In addition to editorial and production tasks, the Associate Editor will help the Director in executing Random House of Canada’s overall digital content strategy, which may include, for example, producing originally commissioned e-books, microsites and apps. They will work with the digital team and other departments in the company to better understand the publishing business and how it is changing, in order to contribute to the development of that digital content strategy. Part of this job demands looking forward and collaborating closely with others on initiatives designed to innovate within the publishing world.
With the rest of the Hazlitt team, the Associate Editor will be required to familiarize themselves with the depth and range of Random House of Canada's publishing programme and backlist. They will also need to be adept at social media, skilled at creatively maximizing the reach of Hazlitt’s editorial offerings.
The successful candidate for this role will have some of the following qualities and experiences:
• Experience editing, researching, writing, generating stories and assigning for magazines, newspapers, and websites – preferably with at least one year’s experience at an established publication.
• Experience managing an online content channel – website, aggregator, blog network.
• Experience managing workflow and time sensitive projects at a magazine, newspaper, online content channel or similarly oriented creative business.
• Fluency with web-based content management systems and blogging platforms (e.g. WordPress, Tumblr) and an aptitude for learning new systems and understanding their relative advantages.
• Proficiency with copyediting and the ability to restructure prose quickly for the appropriate medium.
• The ability to write clear, accurate, and compelling copy, quickly.
• An awareness that blog posts, Tumblr posts, TED talks, and other units of online content all have different optimal styles, structures, and voices.
• Familiarity with social media and strategies for seeding stories, increasing web traffic and followers.
• Experience producing video and audio podcasts; familiarity with editing software.
• Advanced interpersonal skills: the ability to work collaboratively with distinct functional teams, and do so with consideration and flexibility.
• Project management skills.
The successful candidate in this role will be good at generating original story ideas and editorial concepts in a variety of media formats and seeing them through to execution. They will be a consensus builder who thrives on successfully building collaborative processes in busy environments, and can navigate complex organization structures with respect and fluency. They possess an easy and natural online presence and are a relationship management ninja.
The successful candidate will read widely and avidly, and be capable of engaging in substantive conversation about the work they enjoy. They should demonstrate an active interest in book culture and publishing industry trends.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 11, 2013. Please include links to online resources showcasing previous work.
We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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