How to prepare for your first job interview in digital journalism

For the last two months I’ve been really busy interviewing some great people for the company I work for. As any manager will tell you, choosing the right people for a role is the most important part of any project and it’s always great to hear other people’s opinions about the business you’re in.

However, over the last few weeks I’ve met some candidates who could have done better if they’d  thought just a little harder before attending the interview. That’s not a criticism, I’ve had some bad interviews myself when I’ve applied for roles, but I thought I’d share some useful tips without sounding too patronising. Here goes…

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PopBuzz: from zero to hero in six months

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You may have noticed over the last six months at Global we’ve been pretty busy updating our mobile presence with new apps and mobile websites to better serve our audience.

In addition to our ‘mobile-first’ initiative, we challenged ourselves to launch a completely new content proposition without any support from our radio brands. We wanted to do this for a number of reasons but mostly to prove to the business (and ourselves) that we could do this on our own by taking advantage of recent tools and techniques. I think someone may have even used the word ‘agile’.

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Thoughts after attending News:rewired, July 2015

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For the last four years I’ve pretty much attended every News:rewired event London and I’ve never been disappointed. True, there may be some topics that are more relevant than others but you’re always certain to discover something new in the world of digital news, even though it might not be directly applicable to your immediate work.

I’ve included my tweets from the event below, but I found Guardian’s Head of Social and Community, Laura Oliver’s outline of how she drives engagement and loyalty quite impressive.  According to her, we need to move beyond the notion of community as ‘just comments’ to one of ‘involvement, contribution and trust’. She included some great examples so I’ll certainly be spending more time on the Guardian website looking at how they organise this aspect of digital news.  You can read further here.

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What’s the difference between a content strategist and a content designer?

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Last Thursday I attended an excellent Content Lab meetup in London organised by Facebook’s Tom Hewitson where we discussed the various definitions of ‘content strategist’ alongside various other roles like ‘content architect’, ‘content designer’ and ‘content marketer’.

It was an interesting discussion and, in short, I don’t think we reached anything conclusive, but it was an interesting exercise because these kind of definitions influence a) pay grades b) help employers understand what they’re getting when they hire any of these roles and c) allows us all to better describe what we do.

Also, we continually need to strive for these definitions in an age where the internet ‘devalues’ job titles so quickly. Everyone is an ‘Editor’ or a ‘Social Media Specialist’ now.

Rachel Braille who attended was very adamant that the difference between content strategist and content designer was simply the former looks after the strategy, the latter executes – but when we looked deeper, the lines seemed to blur.

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Amazing Content Editors required for brand new Youtuber website

Do you know your PewDiePie’s from your ThirdPews? Do you live and breathe Youtube and can’t wait until the next upload from your favourite digital star? Well, if you have proven multimedia and editorial skills, we might have just the job for you…
We are launching a brand new digital channel looking exclusively at Youtubers and we’re looking to put together a crack team to deliver the product within 3 months. So if you’re a budding Youtuber and/or a content editor with experience of reporting on all things Youtube, please look at the following requirements and get in contact below.

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Content Strategy Links of the Week, December 22

You know the drill by now folks. Here’s my best reads from the last week or so. Enjoy and have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. See you all in 2015!

Bad community is worse than no community
“By coupling a format that encourages intimacy with a network design that encourages out-of-context amplification, Twitter has evolved into something fundamentally volatile. It’s fun, fast and powerful, but remains highly risky for anything approaching honest conversation, or even satire.”

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