DO you have a nose for news? Love the adrenaline rush of chasing down leads and breaking stories? Meld is now looking for a news editor. Find out how you can apply.
We were sad to say goodbye to our former news editor (and associate editor) Sumisha Naidu who packed her bags for home earlier this year.
But in some ways, we were pretty pleased too, to know that her time with us at Meld has been in many ways a stepping stone to landing a full-time gig as a reporter for KiniTV, the new internet TV service of Malaysia’s largest independent news outlet Malaysiakini.
And now, we are looking for a news editor to fill the big shoes that Sumisha has left behind.
As a news editor, you will be spearheading the news section of Meld Magazine’s website, which will require you to:
- Cast editorial vision for the news section
- Work with reporters, photographers and videographers to generate story ideas
- Assign and commission stories and organise for photoshoots and/or other graphics/illustrations
- Work with editors to finalise a weekly news list
- Take on some writing duties if there are no reporters available
- Carry out some investigative reporting when appropriate
- Provide guidance to reporters and any other assistance they may need, such as deciding on a story angle, questions to ask during interviews, where to look for resources, getting in touch with the right people
- Follow up with reporters to ensure copy is filed on time
- Follow up with photographers to ensure photos are ready
- Using WordPress, edit copy and include relevant hyperlinks, upload photos, write photo captions, headline and excerpts, setting the featured image and filling in category and post tags etc
We will provide you training in using WordPress as well as basic Search Engine Optimisation know-how, and other competencies that would be useful in the digital newsroom.
As this is a senior position at Meld Magazine, it would be ideal if you could commit to two half days per week, on top of any time you may need to fulfil your duties. Hours are flexible and you are free to work from home except to meet for weekly editors meetings and fortnightly news meetings with the entire editorial team.
This position is unpaid, but is an excellent opportunity for final year university students and recent university graduates to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical working environment, continue learning and make some great contacts along the way.
To confirm your interest, please email a CV and cover letter, and recent academic transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 26, 2013.
**Based in Carlton, Meld Magazine was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit media outlet in September 2008 to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain real work experience. The founders of this magazine include present and former international students from various industries, including media and marketing, business, law and international student services. Visit Meld’s About Us page for more information about the organisation.