Website editor, BeyondGames.biz
Journalist / Editor / Writer - Digital / Web / Media - , United Kingdom
|Job Title||Website editor, BeyondGames.biz|
We need somebody to head up our innovative new site, representing the new face of gaming. Are you an experienced website editor looking for a new challenge?
BeyondGames.biz is a new site covering the intersection of games with film, music, sport, fashion, music and more. It’s about the metaverse, it’s about transmedia opportunities, it’s about technology and our digital futures. It’s aimed at professionals who work in the digital entertainment industries but it has more “prosumer” appeal than many of our other b2b sites. Whereas traditional games industry trade sites look to the here and now to report on what’s happening now, we point our scope further down the road to see what will be important in the world of entertainment technology tomorrow.
BeyondGames.biz is updated daily with news, features, interviews, profiles, agenda-setting opinion pieces and other timely and regular editorial pieces that support and inform the games industry. Increasingly it should become a destination for people who work in TV, music, sport, NFTs and more to come and find out why games technology is becoming so important.
This is a full-time, work-from-home, editorial team leader position at Steel Media Ltd. Please note this is a website editorial role and not a video editing role. It's suitable for those with a written journalism background and not video editors. The job can be performed from home and so a London/Bath location is not essential, we will consider candidates from anywhere.
The purpose of this role is to manage, edit, commission and produce content for the newest editorial brand at Steel Media. As well as the daily content of BeyondGames.biz, the role may involve overseeing and contributing to brand extensions like awards and conferences like BeyondGames.live. It is a varied and creative role that demands the successful candidate be a manager and an ambassador as well as a content creator. The site is new, and is dedicated to an exciting space in the games/entertainment world, so this is a great chance to be joining – you’ll shape not only this new brand, but also how the industry views transmedia and the metaverse.
The editor is a role directly responsible for planning, producing, commissioning (and often writing) daily content – such as news, interviews and features. The editor also works with the senior management on the strategy for the site and takes a holistic interest in the site’s direction and status. You’ll work with other managers and editors here to devise and implement the content strategy for the .biz site, and support associated activities, like events. Primarily, you will run the team that maintains and grows the site's traffic and community. You'll be responsible for its perception in the tech and games industry. You’ll organise the freelancers so that daily content targets are hit. You’ll also be responsible for planning and executing additional content (for instance, Top 50 Game Maker write-ups) as needed, site regulars and other brand extensions. As a figurehead for the website you will take a prominent role in events like the Beyond Games conferences and be prepared to be on stage (or in front of camera) as a spokesperson for the company and the industry. You’ll also work closely with the rest of the editorial and sales teams to share ads opportunities, and be invested in the growth of all Steel Media’s b2b channels.
The BeyondGames.biz site editor role sits under the b2b side of Steel Media's business, alongside the editors of BlockchainGamer.biz, TheVirtualReport.biz, PocketGamer.biz and PCGamesInsider.biz, reporting directly to the senior management team. This role also contributes to our events, Pocket Gamer Connects and Beyond Games conferences and other related live activities. You will expected to maintain communication with all teams – including our b2c branch – to ensure joined-up thinking and support across the company.
This is a fascinating time to be joining as this person will help shape the activities of the company in how we cover the hottest tech and cultural topics going forward. There will be a small team of freelancers to manage, and developing the team to get the best out of them is a key part of the role, as is working with other parts of the company to assure an efficient approach to editorial, events, sales, marketing.
You will work remotely, usually from your own home, and therefore a London or Bath location is not essential. But it is valuable that you have easy access to transport centres such as an airport, because when the world unlocks again you will be expected to represent Steel Media Ltd at relevant events. During a typical year, travel to and from events is important, and you should have a valid passport. During such times, it may be necessary to work or travel outside of standard working hours.
Summary of responsibilities
The role would naturally evolve with market trends and any changes in the company, and as an editorial manager you will need to be flexible, but the initial focus would be items like this:
• The site’s expert content will need to be planned and created to hit daily targets. You will write some of it yourself, and deploy the site’s other freelance contributors to create the rest. You will plan, direct, manage, edit and promote the site’s editorial output with their help, to a level defined by the senior managers.
The ideal candidate
We’re looking for an experienced website editor – ideally at least one year of experience of running and commissioning a website, and three years of working in editorial minimum – who can demonstrate that they are a safe pair of hands to lead this site into its next chapter.
The editor needs to be organised, dependable, personable and have a level head, especially when devising strategy. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated personality who enjoys getting under the skin of the industry, and getting the most out of their team. It's an ideal role for someone looking to further their career in the games and tech industries and who fundamentally understands the value of b2b media – and most importantly, somebody who gets what Beyond Games is trying to achieve. You’ll unironically like the idea of exploring transmedia and metaverse topics, have an interest in new technology, and appreciate the intersection of other creative industries with games.
You’ll have a keen interest in new technologies and be hungry to find out more about up and coming sectors, even ones that traditional media outlets shun, like blockchain. 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 (ideally with b2b experience), and are hungry for more responsibility or to take on a fresh site. You’ll need a good eye for what sort of editorial is of most utility to a growing industry. You'll be a great writer, and you’ll need to be an expert at managing deadlines, priorities and other people.
Plus you’ll benefit from a positive, entrepreneurial attitude. You’ll be a gamer; a film/music/sport/art/culture fan; an early adopter; you’ll enjoy getting the best out of people; you’ll be good at spotting creative and commercial opportunities wherever they arise. You will be fundamentally invested in the brand, the team, the company, and the industry.
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, 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 your line-manager via Skype and other online systems regularly.
• At least 3 years’ editorial experience (games/tech/b2b industry), at least one of them as a site editor.
For more information contact COO Dave Bradley [email protected]
|Sector||Digital / Web / Media|
|Category||Journalist / Editor / Writer|
|Date Posted||15 November 2021|
|Recruiter||Steel Media Ltd|