Head of Environment and Transport

DC Thomson Media
Closing Date: 25/06/2021
  • Aberdeen, UK
  • Full Time
  • DC Thomson Media

Job Description

Never before has the environment been so far up the global agenda as it is now – and the Press and Journal is looking for an experienced journalist to lead our coverage of all the issues.

The eyes of the world will be on Scotland when UN Climate Change Conference Cop26 comes to Glasgow this year and Greta Thunberg has drawn more people than ever before into the debate.

Meanwhile Aberdeen – the P&J’s home city – finds itself at the heart of the green issue. The energy capital of Europe has a pivotal part to play in accelerating the transition from oil and gas to green energy.

The recently-agreed sector deal has the potential to unlock up to £16 billion of investment over the next decade to propel the UK towards net-zero by 2050. Tens of millions more are being pumped into the city’s Energy Transition Zone and Global Underwater Hub to enhance the north and north-east’s reputation as a pioneer of clean tech, including offshore wind and hydrogen.

Transport too is evolving fast in line with these changes and many major regional projects affecting our readers’ way of life are also under way, planned or at the ideas stage in the north and north-east.

We need someone with the skills and the dedication to help keep our readers right up to speed with all the latest developments as the head of our environment and transport team.

This new role will come with responsibility for reporters working on specialist content across the Press and Journal and Evening Express brands.

They will need to be focused on delivering outstanding and innovative digital journalism with the core aim of driving digital subscriptions.

Identifying key issues, making national and international debate relevant, identifying campaigns and seeking out new digital audiences will be essential parts of the role.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading a team specialising in environment and transport to ensure digitally-optimised, original and engaging content is produced across our news brands
  • Producing and curating newsletters aimed at increasing audience engagement to help meet targets.
  • Fully understanding the audience and looking for ways to develop and extend coverage through events, meetings, etc.
  • Developing and maintaining a wide range of contacts and contributors.
  • Working closely with other managers and colleagues to maximise the potential of stories and packages.
  • Ensuring the team work effectively and efficiently together.
  • Reviewing and identifying staff development and training needs and ensuring appropriate solutions are implemented.

The successful candidate must:

  • Be a senior journalist, preferably with pre-existing leadership experience
  • Have experience of digital publishing, especially around headline writing, SEO and social media
  • Be highly organised, ensuring the team has the right framework in place to develop short, medium and long-term goals and content plans
  • Have an absolute passion for transport and environment stories
  • Be data aware and able to work to key newsroom metrics
  • Have highly-developed digital storytelling skills and the ability to use modern online tools and data to accomplish that goal
  • Be collaborative and open to working with multiple teams to achieve the end goal
  • Be able to inspire and develop a team which is spread across different locations

To apply for this role, please follow our online application process and submit a CV and cover letter.

This is a full-time, permanent position, working 37.5 hours per week from our Aberdeen office. We offer a generous package including 34 days holiday, health cash plan, excellent pension, a competitive salary, and many more staff discounts and benefits.  

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from everyone and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristics.

If you have any issues with your application, please email recruitment@dcthomson.co.uk