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Associate Editor - ESPNcricinfo

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 864324BR Location London, England, United Kingdom Business ESPN Date posted Nov. 04, 2021

Job Summary:

The Associate Editor for ESPNCricinfo must have a passion for, and an in-depth knowledge of cricket, both within the UK, and the game globally, along with significant experience in news gathering, editing and producing related content in the digital space. The candidate will be a passionate cricket reporter and content creator who will work closely with management teams within ESPNCricinfo and to develop a comprehensive, engaging and informative product that sets us apart from the competition. This includes developing world-class multi-platform content, breaking news and taking advantage of all the resources at ESPN, including but not limited to TV, Digital, Audio and Video content.


Areas of Responsibility
  • Utilise existing contacts, and develop new ones in order to break news and write stories for ESPNCricinfo platforms globally.
  • Work alongside the UK Editor and broader Editorial Team to develop and implement an integrated editorial strategy by which ESPNCricinfo content informs, entertains and engages the audience, and continues to place the business at the forefront of global cricket coverage.
  • Programming of ESPNCricinfo, including but not limited to match reports, copy editing, headline and blurb writing, ball-by-ball commentary and photo selection.
  • Daily communication with, and programming of, ESPNCricinfo’s suite of Global pages.
  • Produce original content and repurpose and upload third-party material, manage photos and video, and work with the ESPNCricinfo social team to create third-party content.
  • Management of live events, both locally and internationally.
  • Liaise with freelance contributors to ensure topicality and relevance of comment and analysis, and with global management and editorial teams to ensure aligned content creation while exploring new avenues to develop the UK audience.
  • Develop and implement new ways of working and thinking, facilitating more timely delivery of content.
  • Maintain a detailed knowledge of the world of domestic and international cricket, men’s and women’s,and a good grasp of current affairs, pop culture and trending topics outside sport to inform decision-making.
  • Submit ideas and suggestions regarding content to the UK Editor and features team.
  • Contribute to Global Events as a member of the relevant editorial teams as required.
  • Develop strategies to further integrate ESPNCricinfo content into existing local ESPN properties including editorial and social platforms.
  • Contribute to the growth of video and audio consumption as a company priority and generate and execute original video and audio ideas.
  • The role reports into the UK Editor of ESPNCricinfo, with a dotted line into the Senior ESPNCricinfo leadership team in India.
Areas of Accountability
  • The role reports into the UK Editor of ESPNCricinfo, with a dotted line into the Senior ESPNCricinfo leadership team in India.
Skills Required
  • A strong instinct and natural passion for news gathering.
  • An ability to write accurately and coherently under pressure.
  • Ability to work autonomously and contribute to ESPNCricinfo’s global coverage.
  • Must be able to demonstrate strong initiative and self-motivation.
  • Attention to detail and an ability to embrace new technologies are vital.
  • The ability to develop contacts and to use them as appropriate.
Competencies Required

Thinks Strategically
  • Uses knowledge of the company’s products and services to meet customer needs and financial targets.
Builds Relationships
  • Interacts well with people who have different backgrounds and work styles.
Drives Results
  • Analyses problems effectively and takes action to resolve.
  • Uses technology to facilitate better results.
  • Keeps commitments.
Communicates Effectively
  • Listens and asks questions to ensure understanding.
  • Conveys relevant information in a candid and timely manner.
Champions Change
  • Demonstrates flexibility in response to changes.
  • Remains productive despite uncertainty.
Inspires Creativity and Innovation
  • Conceives creative ideas to solve problems or meet objectives.
Builds Teams
  • Supports productivity and morale of the team.
Exhibits Professional Excellence
  • Strives for self-improvement.
  • Maintains composure under pressure.
  • Earns the trust and respect of colleagues, partners and customers.
  • Treats others with respect.
Embraces Diversity
  • Is respectful of life-style differences and life-stage changes.
Approaches work with Passion
  • Consistently demonstrates a positive and spirited attitude which encourages the exchange of thought and completion of projects.
  • Relentless in the pursuit of solutions and new ideas.

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism, communications or a related field.
• Typically 3-5 years of writing, news reporting, content creation and/or editing/programming experience within cricket.
  • Strong news judgment and superior editing skills are especially important; examples of previous work are required.
  • Able to follow and shape stories at various stages of development using various means of presentation; advanced news judgment, and understand cricket from a journalistic point of view.
• Excellent English grammar and organisational skills.
• Understanding of HTML and related web-authoring tools and software, and social media tools.
• Strong knowledge of social media and emerging technologies.
• Appreciation of broader social culture and the tastes of ESPNCricinfo’s audiences, and the wider UK sport’s audience

Additional Information:

Will need to be able to work evenings, overnights, weekends and public holidays as necessary to maintain a 24/7 digital platform and news cycle.

About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ESPN Sports Media Limited, which is part of a business segment we call ESPN.

ESPN Sports Media Limited is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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