For over 160 years, The Telegraph’s stories, dispatches, interviews, and investigations have set the agenda, sparked debate, and provided generations of readers with a trusted source of news, information, and opinion.
Our vision, with quality journalism at the heart, is to pioneer new ways to serve 10 million registered users and 1 million subscribers, by 2023, a vision we all stand behind. We wouldn’t be one of the world's most successful media organisations without the talent, determination, and creative spirit of our people. As our readers’ needs evolve, it's more important than ever that we recruit original thinkers and innovative individuals who can keep us at the forefront of our industry. That means not only journalists but also marketers, analysts, designers, engineers, and much more.
We want to foster the diversity of thought through our people and create an inclusive working environment that allows everyone to be their authentic selves at work while creating a sense of belonging to ensure have the highest performing teams.
The Telegraph is looking for a talented and enthusiastic individual to edit long-term content across the newsroom, ensuring that we keep our most successful evergreens up-to-date and replenish copy and visuals throughout old stories.
The Digital Content Editor will report to the Head of Long-term Content & SEO Planning and must have SEO and subscription and STARS goals at the forefront of their work. This role includes working with desks across the newsroom on a wide range of content, from cars and gardening to politics and money.
Edit long-term content to a high-quality standard that is well optimised for search traffic
Edit content with the aim of reaching new readers and contributing to the company subscription goals
Have a meticulous eye for detail to ensure spelling and grammar is correct
Understand The Telegraph’s tone of voice and target audience to edit content to best engage readers
Sense check, fact check and identify gaps in coverage where updates are required to improve a story's value for readers
Carry out research to check the content and learn about topics being worked on to offer readers the most useful information
Build and edit online articles in CMS across all desks on a range of topics -
Prioritise content updates to suit search trends, the news agenda and changing seasons
Work with editors on social, homepage, showcase and newsletters for cross-promotion of content when it’s most relevant
Be proactive and reactive to support to the wider SEO team when urgent content updates are requested to support breaking news coverage and the fast-paced news agenda
Essential Skills required for the role
Excellent editing skills and ability to fact-check, sense-check, improve information in copy and refresh visuals like imagery/video/embeds
Ability to work collaboratively within a team, in a fast-moving environment
Ability to manage workload and prioritise tasks, while maintaining accuracy and taking on occasional breaking news requests
Good understanding of SEO to optimise content and extend reach, while maintaining engaging and on-brand headlines
Good understanding of basic SEO tools like Google Trends and Adwords to help with decision-making for the best keywords to target in content edits
Confident in editing copywriting for SEO value, tone of voice, grammar and spelling
Strong communication skills and desire to build strong working relationships across thenewsroom to help understand how desks work, and their copywriting guidelines and help get editsapproved quicker
Experience working in a newsroom under pressure
Desirable skills for the role
A strong understanding of SEO to optimise key areas of an article to increase search traffic i.e.keyword-rich headlines, URLs, alt-text, intros, stand-firsts, subheadings, backlinking, tags andvisuals
Data savvy with an interest in using analytical tools (i.e. adobe, chartbeat) or work with datateams to examine what works and what doesn’t with edits to improve tasks performance
Highly organised & efficient
Experience using trello to work through tasks and deadlines
Previous copywriting or editing experience in a newsroom or high-quality publication
Good knowledge of how to harness other platforms (like social, showcase, homepage andnewsletters) to drive engagement through cross-promotion
The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here by creating a suite of benefits that contribute to lifestyle choices and leisure activities. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and equal parental pay (six months fully paid for mothers and fathers), to life assurance and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.
With support from your manager and colleagues, you’ll also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.
Our commitment to inclusion
We want you to feel you belong here and welcome candidates from all backgrounds. Our organisation is on a continuous journey to achieve this sense of belonging, with focused inclusion policies, training, and internal networks. We believe it’s not only the right thing to do but that there’s a strong business case to support it. Because if you feel you belong, you’ll feel more comfortable, so you’ll be more likely to achieve your best.
We have a number of internal networks that are totally inclusive and open for anyone to join. These include internal inclusion networks covering employees from ethnic minority backgrounds, working families, LGBTQ+, disabilities and long-term conditions, gender, wellbeing, and women in tech.
Your wellbeing is paramount, so we have trained over 100 Mental Health First Aiders in the last two years to help support our employees. We’ve also signed the Tech Talent Charter, and are committed to driving greater inclusion and diversity in tech.