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Early Morning Editor, Local News (Contract)

Job ID: 11413
Job Views: 1895
Location: New york, New York, United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Freelance
Posted: 05.23.2024

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Job Summary

Apple News provides millions of users with trusted news from leading news organizations around the globe. Editors here highlight the best and most-engaging content on our platform and make real-time decisions based on the day’s events, curate stories, write copy, and work cross-functionally to support News projects and goals.

This is an early morning Local News editor contractor position, and in this role, you will be responsible for promoting news stories from various markets across the country. The ideal candidate for this contract role will have a genuine interest and/or demonstrated experience in local news, as well as proficiency working independently. 

The preferred location is New York, but we will consider other East Coast-based locations. The hours are Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, and the pay is $60 an hour. 

Responsibilities include:
  • Curate news across multiple local markets, with a particular emphasis on the stories that matter to people first thing in the morning
  • Write sharp headlines and push notifications with the Apple News audience in mind
  • Collaboration with our copy editors to ensure your work meets all aspects of house style
  • Work with the full editorial team to ensure local featuring across the app and off-platform with an emphasis on quality, accuracy, and engagement
  • Provide extensive editorial handoff communication and documentation for colleagues in different time zones
  • Communicate with local publishers in a variety of markets
  • Surface bugs and other performance issues 

Key qualifications:
  • Strong editorial judgment, excellent headline-writing skills, and breaking-news experience
  • Ability to use a variety of content-management systems and a keen understanding of the tools that support state-of-the-art editorial 
  • Proficient with data and analytics, and can responsibly incorporate user behavior into editorial strategy 
  • Thorough knowledge of, and/or genuine interest in, working with local publishers and serving local news audiences 
  • Experience with, and a preference for, working collaboratively on a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to make decisions independently when news breaks during off-hours
  • Regional expertise welcomed
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferred

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