Staff Writer, Entertainment, Time Out North America

Role: Staff writer, Entertainment, Time Out North America

Location: NYC or LA

Reporting to: Digital Content Director, NA; dotted to Global Film Editor Time Out

Internal: Content North America

Role Overview:

As Staff Writer, Entertainment, Time Out North America, you will be focused on creating high-quality, engaging digital content – primed for success via SEO and social – about music, movies, streaming and more for the Time Out audience in North America. This is primarily a digital writing and ideas-generating role for a national and regional audience. You will be writing for a smart, curious audience excited by going out and enjoying culture, entertainment, food and drink in their neighborhood, their city and beyond. The Time Out brand inspires people to make the best of their city – and to travel to cities as exciting as their own. Your ideas and your stories will match that brand mission while driving traffic growth, quality and originality. 

Responsibilities:

      Generating and executing brilliant story ideas in the Entertainment – primarily music, movies and streaming – space, taking into account audiences engaged by both social and SEO

      Pitching story ideas to relevant editors at daily morning content meetings and then producing those stories at speed to a high quality

      Pitching stories according to projected success via SEO, social or both, and learning from the success of those stories on various platforms

      Publishing a high turnover of stories online throughout the week including news, lists, features, opinion and reviews – with an emphasis on actionable events and new releases that our audience can discover and experience for themselves. Writing news and maintaining our authoritative music and movies lists will be a core part of this job

      Curating the world of entertainment to bring the best and new and noteworthy to our audience. This is not primarily a role for a critic, but a critical and curatorial instinct is crucial

      Writing stories to a high quality of style and accuracy, and being able to drive the entertainment conversation forward online and in the culture generally

      Be a source of innovation for the Content team when it comes to story formats and approaches to storytelling across all platforms, new and emerging

      Developing entertainment stories, formats and franchises for social platforms, including video, as well as for the main Time Out site

      Assisting in meeting team traffic targets at the city level and across Time Out North America

      Contributing to Time Out’s entertainment coverage in our suite of print publications as and when required, as well as contributing to Time Out’s global content network when required

      Generating ideas for activations at Time Out’s growing stable of Time Out Markets across North America

  •    When required, serve as a spokesperson/quotable expert on entertainment in North America 

 

Requirements:

      Bachelor’s degree

      Advanced English proficiency

      Ability to work with various tools of the trade, including content management systems and basic photo skills

      Experience with analytical tools, specifically Omniture and Looker, and a genuine appetite for developing and growing a digital audience through the smart use of traffic data

      At least 3 years experience writing for a digital publication as a staff writer or freelancer

      Print experience is a bonus but not required

      A proven track record of publishing highly engaging, high-traffic and high-quality stories in the entertainment media space

      Genuine interest in the way that entertainment stories travel on social media

      Genuine interest in developing and growing a digital/social audience through content

      Ability to write work that stands out online and elevates the Time Out brand

      Deep knowledge of a wide range of entertainment, established and emerging, and a desire to share that knowledge with as many people as possible

      An independent thinker who thrives on working as part of a team

      Passion and humour – and a desire to share both with your colleagues and our audience

 

Culture Fit:

At Time Out Media we believe in diversity and equal opportunity for all people. We do not discriminate against external or internal candidates on the basis of age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; and pregnancy and maternity. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth where we all learn from each other. We believe in an open culture where ideas are shared candidly and where there is no fear of failure, but rather an understanding that we must experiment and have the freedom to succeed. We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are as this enriches us all. We believe in an open world and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

About Time Out Group plc

 

Time Out Group is a global media and leisure business that inspires and enables people to explore and enjoy the best of the city.

It all began in London in 1968 when Time Out helped people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the capital. Since then, this iconic brand has consistently maintained its status as the go-to source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike.

Time Out Group has been named one of the Most Innovative Companies for 2020 by Fast Company - this prestigious annual list honours the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. The Group comprises two highly synergistic business divisions: Time Out Media and Time Out Market.

Time Out Media’s digital and physical media proposition comprises websites, mobile, social media, print and live events. Across these platforms, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by local expert journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 328 cities and 58 countries. The Company is monetising this global reach and its strong traffic from a desirable audience via digital and print advertising as well as e-commerce. Since its launch 50 years ago, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market leveraging the Time Out brand to bring the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences – based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for. The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014 and is now Portugal’s most popular attraction with 4.1 million visitors in 2019. Following this success, five new Time Out Markets opened in North America in 2019 in Miami, New York, Boston, Montréal and Chicago. A further pipeline of other global locations includes Dubai, Porto, London and Prague.

Across both business divisions, the Group’s mission is to help people around the world go out better. 

Time Out is headquartered in London (United Kingdom) and listed on London's AIM stock exchange, trading under the ticker symbol 'TMO'.

 

Time Out is a dynamic, pioneering brand and so is our team. We want to work with the best and brightest talent because we work for the world’s greatest cities, the people enjoying them and the businesses in them. As a truly global team we get to collaborate with colleagues from New York to Paris, Tokyo and Sydney and beyond. It’s our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness that make us successful and a unique team.