The Local is currently seeking an editor in Berlin to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists.
As country editor, it will be your job to cover Germany’s news and culture in ways that make it more accessible and engaging for a core audience of well-educated internationals. This means developing content that appeals to a growing number of Members, and enticing more readers to subscribe. It will also be your job to manage the day-to-day tasks of our existing Berlin-based reporter and freelancers.
More than 5 million unique visitors a month already engage with The Local’s news and information across our English-language sites.
What we expect from you:
• An exceptional level of written and spoken English (native speaker or equivalent).
• Fluency in German: Our ideal candidate has excellent written and spoken German and has been living in Germany for more than a year.
• The ability to write clear, concise and engaging news stories and features.
• Experience of translating from German to English and an ability to turn flowing German prose into equally flowing English prose.
• At least three years’ experience in an editorial role.
• A knowledge of journalistic ethics and good practice.
• An excellent knowledge of German society, politics and institutions.
• Flexibility; the ability to work some unsocial hours as needed, sometimes at short notice.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Familiarity with social media.
• Familiarity with blogging, online publishing, sound recording and photo editing are an advantage.
• A knowledge of major languages other than English and German (particularly French, Italian and Spanish) would be useful.
This is you:
• Curiosity: you want to lift the lid on major issues affecting society.
• Imagination: you’re constantly thinking of new ways to approach stories, new ways to use online and social media, new ways to connect with our audiences.
• Intelligence: you have a sophisticated approach to news and current affairs that will help The Local in Germany broaden its readership while retaining loyal existing readers.
• Humour: you have a finely-tuned sense of the ridiculous; you don’t see a conflict between being a serious journalist and having a sense of humour.
• Diligence: you love your work; you view it as a career, not a job. If you start out on a task, you see it through to the end.
• Making a commitment to our team will give you the chance to pursue an exciting, international journalism career.
The job is full time. Pay competitive.
If you think you have what it takes, send your CV and a brief introduction (in English) by June 20th to email@example.com, addressed to our managing editor, Paul O’Mahony.
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