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PocketGamer.com Special Projects Editor

Journalist / Editor / Writer - Digital / Web / Media - , (Not Specified)

Job Title PocketGamer.com Special Projects Editor
Job Description

The site

PocketGamer.com is the longest-running and most well-known mobile games site in the world. It covers the mobile (iOS and Android etc) and handheld (Switch etc) games sector and is Steel Media’s flagship consumer site. It is the engine that drives the Pocket Gamer Awards, the LaunchPad video series, and other activities.

The site is updated daily with news, features, tips, guides and reviews. It has a number of sub-sections covering all aspects of the mobile gaming hobby. And it has a network of supporting sibling sites including 148Apps.com and AppSpy.com.
Its mission is to be an essential resource for people who play and love mobile games. The brand is preparing for a number of upcoming editorial projects which will expand and grow the site’s utility and influence.

The role

We are seeking at least one potential freelance mid-level/section editor. The person needs to be a capable writer but also somebody who can organise a section on the site, edit and plan the copy coming from other writers, and liaise comfortably with senior staff, external sponsors and other facets of the publishing business, to ensure a timely flow of good content.

Summary of responsibilities

The role would naturally evolve with market trends and any changes in the company, and as an editorial manager you would need to be flexible, but the initial focus would be items like this:

  • Content will need to be planned and created to hit daily and weekly targets. You will write much of it yourself, and work with the site’s managing editor to deploy the site’s resources to create the rest. You will plan, manage, edit, write and promote your section’s editorial output, to a level defined by the senior managers.
  • You will consider data and insight from Google Analytics and elsewhere in order to devise editorial strategy, in order to increase readership. You will take an active interest in site traffic numbers and respond accordingly. SEO will be something you think about daily.
  • You will also oversee the maintenance of social media channels that support PocketGamer.com and your section in particular, such as the Twitter feed. You will identify, manage and create social media opportunities to grow and engage the reader community (Facebook groups and so on). You will be aware of what’s going out on those channels and be prepared to take action to make it as effective as possible.
  • You will help the managing editor identify potential technical improvements to PocketGamer.com.
  • You will liaise with other members of your team on a regular basis, stay connected to the senior staff including sales team, plus manage internal/freelance output within a fixed budget.
  • You will have regular contact with external clients relevant to your section, and you must be comfortable interacting with sponsors and advertisers.
  • You will work with the ad team to deliver paid content within Steel Media's editorial guidelines. You will support new commercial opportunities; liaising with the CEO and head of sales on advertising/sponsorship opportunities. With the help of relevant staff members and with freelance support as needed, you will execute sponsored content and other commercial activity as it relates to your section.
  • Support Steel Media’s other site editors where needed and work with the directors on strategy for content as a whole. All our editors work closely together to make sure that all our sites are covered in the event of illness of holiday, and you will play a role in that, having regular calls with them, connecting with them for help when you need it and likewise rendering assistance across the whole company if you can.

The ideal candidate

First and foremost: you will love writing about games! This could be a great next step for a writer who is looking to take on a little more responsibility and manage a section of site and/or additional special editorial/content projects.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic website writer and section editor - ideally at least one year of experience of writing for and even commissioning a website, and three years of working in editorial in total - who can demonstrate that they are a safe pair of hands to take over parts of a leading website. We have a number of projects on the horizon and the managing editor of the site needs somebody they can depend on to get parts of it done.

The special projects editor needs to be organised, dependable, personable and have a level head, especially when on deadline. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated personality who enjoys finding out more about top games and communicating that to others. It’s unlikely to be a 9-5 role and could fit around your other freelance activities.

You’ll have a keen interest in mobile and handheld games and be hungry to find out more about them and the industry which makes them. You'll be a great writer and editor, able to convey complicated ideas in a clear and lively fashion. You’ll have an editorial background in journalism (with b2c writing experience), and are hungry for more responsibility. You’ll understand the commercial realities of working on sponsored and promoted content too, so a positive, entrepreneurial attitude is a must. You’ll be a gamer; an early adopter; you’ll enjoy getting the best out of people.

Steel Media is a small company where the teams work on a number of projects simultaneously; decisions are made quickly, and no two days are the same. So you’ll need to be good at working independently when needed, and respond to the wider needs of the senior managers as they arise. You need to manage multiple communications channels daily, via email, Slack, Skype, Zoom and Google Docs and not be fazed by this. Due to working remotely, you will need to be comfortable being out of an office setting (it doesn't suit everyone) and be able to communicate and report to the team via online systems regularly.

Specific Requirements

  • At least 1 year’s editorial experience (games/tech/b2c entertainment industry), writing skills a must, with some editing experience desirable
  • Able to work home-based (with a very stable internet connection)

For more information contact COO Dave Bradley [email protected]

Sector Digital / Web / Media
Category Journalist / Editor / Writer
Level Mid-Level
Contract Type Contract
Hours Flexible
Salary Depends on experience
Date Posted 16 August 2021
Contact Dave Bradley
Email [email protected]
Recruiter Steel Media Ltd
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