Trending Gossip Writer | Manchester | Salary Dependent on Experience

UNILAD are seeking an internet and social media savvy Trending News Writer to cover ‘celebrity news’ and ‘gossip stories’ for UNILAD’s global audience.

A young and innovative media company, our rapidly growing platform connects people to the latest trending stories and news. Based in our Manchester office we offer a competitive salary and monthly social events, and we spend way too much time watching and sharing the most awesome content on the web. The position requires a year of related experience and is well suited to an individual looking to break into the world of online media and is particularly eager to work in a startup environment.

The ideal candidate, will be comfortable in a fast paced and ever changing habitat, and will be able to work independently. Your job is to constantly keep up with the world news as it breaks, you must live and breathe all things trending, especially those that Gen-Y is most interested in.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Obsessively track social media trends across platforms.
Scour the deepest and weirdest corners of the internet to find celebrity related stories with the potential to go viral.
Do additional reporting – contact sources, go to locations, attend events – for any
story that requires it.
Write stories so they are targeted to a Gen-Y audience, but in UNILAD’s global style
and tone.
Come up with ideas for posts with effective headlines aimed at sharing.
Participate in brainstorms with other writers and editors.
Provide feedback and support to other writers on the team when required.

Requirements:
A great interest in celebrity news/gossip
A strong understanding of world news, viral, and all trending issues.
NCTJ or equivalent.
Ability to write quickly and concisely under deadline pressure.
Ability to discover and identify big stories, alongside, the ability to find clever, funny,
and unique angles on them.
Ability to write both long, thought-provoking pieces and quicker riffs of the news
Ability to spot trends and generate ideas for larger projects. Fluency with images,
GIFs, video and other forms of multimedia.
A positive attitude and understanding of a start up environment.
Educated to degree level or equivalent

Nice to have:
Basic knowledge/experience with Adobe Photoshop

About Us:
Launched in 2014, UNILAD is one of the biggest global platforms for breaking news,
shareable and relatable content. A social powerhouse established by millennials for millennials
we are proud to have amassed a Facebook following of over 16 million fans, 30 million
monthly unique visitors to the website and over 1 billion video views a month on Facebook

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