The Culture Trip is one the Internet’s fastest-growing media start-ups, attracting nearly 3 million monthly readers and 1 million social media followers. Operating in 15 countries around the world, and with major offices in London, NYC and Tel Aviv, we plan to expand to 30 countries in 2016 and 100 in 2017. We are passionate about bringing compelling content to every corner of the world through our global community of writers, videographers and photographers. We won UK Website of the Year Award for Arts & Culture (2014) and were named one of 25 UK Tech Companies to Watch (2013). Having just secured major funding, the company is set for explosive growth and going through a major recruitment drive for its editorial, commercial and social teams around the world. Our vision is bold: we aim to create the world’s largest media company, powered by a global community and cutting-edge technology.
We are looking to commission an outstanding writer based in Rio to produce top-notch, original and compelling articles about Rio de Janeiro, and beyond. You need to be extremely passionate about culture and lifestyle (*see below) and know how to translate that interest into brilliant content for a highly educated, local and global audience. A self-starter with an eye for excellent copy, you should stay on top of local trends and always look out for ways to improve and enrich your writing.
As part of The Culture Trip’s dynamically expanding hub network, you may from time to time work alongside a local Director of Culture who will be responsible for managing a number of local social media channels.
This is a freelance role, remunerated pro rata, and can be undertaken from home.
— You will be responsible for creating original and engaging articles in a variety of formats (listicles, features, flash facts…) and on a variety of topics. You will be expected to work with a range of content from across the following verticals: travel, food, fashion, art, design, film, books, music, real estate & architecture, sports, tech & entrepreneurship, health & wellness
— Your primary responsibility will at least initially be to write about your own city – but we will also ask you to write about other places you’re familiar or comfortable with, wherever appropriate.
— Deliver a set number of articles by a deadline each month. The topics will be mostly set by your Regional DoC. You will also be able to make your own suggestions for articles but they will need approval by your Regional DoC so they are aligned with the company’s goals.
— Adhere to the in-house style guide while understanding and developing the nuance of a distinctive voice for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
— Source and select beautiful images for your articles – here you will work with external organisations, such as local venues, and there will be a picture editor to support you.
— Ensure your content is high quality from a stylistic perspective, as it will be copy-edited prior to publication.
— Report to one of the London-based Regional Directors of Culture (via email and Skype).
Desired Skills & Experience:
— Journalism or humanities graduate with a portfolio of published work or internship experience in an editorial context (1-2 years)
— Evidence of interest/expertise in at least 3 of the aforementioned categories (travel, food, …)
— Native-equivalent English skills are an absolute must
— Hyper-local, insider-level knowledge of Rio and its local art, culture, travel and food scene
— Exceptionally strong writer with impeccable spelling and grammar, and the ability to tweak your voice depending on your audience
— Strong understanding of what makes a great piece of content and how to engage readers with excellent copy
— Solid understanding of the differences between social media and search engine-optimized content
— Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
— Familiarity with WordPress is highly desirable
— Familiarity with Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter highly desirable
— Academic excellence and a degree of intellectual gravitas is important
— You should be comfortable working within a global company and liaising across different time zones
How to apply:
Email us on [...], attaching your CV and a brief cover letter explaining why you’d be a great candidate for this role. Make sure you include ‘Rio de Janeiro Editor Application’ in the subject line of your email.
We’re accepting applications until 12 June 2016, and would like the successful candidate to start on 1 July.
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