Lifestyle Journalist

To apply for this role, please email a CV, cover letter, five examples of published work and three pitches for stories that you would like to write for Time Out Melbourne to: cass.knowlton@timeout.com. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

This position is open to all Australian residents with work rights. We especially encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply. 

Role overview 

Time Out Australia is looking for an enthusiastic and tenacious journalist to join Time Out’s Melbourne team. The position is full time, and the journalist will be covering all areas of Time Out’s patch, from travel to things to do, shopping to nightlife, wellness to events and festivals. 

The successful applicant will live and breathe Melbourne and be ready to hit the ground running with original feature ideas that connect our audience with the most exciting venues and events in their city. Ideally they will already have an extensive network of contacts and will be a confident interviewer and writer.

The journalist must also have a deep understanding of how to inspire audiences in the digital space and make even the most esoteric and challenging events and projects seem accessible and essential. And of course, they’ll be a team player who loves sharing their knowledge with the wider team and is willing to collaborate closely with editorial staff on content that engages an entire city. Over time they will be assigned duties requiring more independent initiative as they gain more experience in the role.

The successful applicant will be a fast, accurate and creative writer and will be required to write numerous event listings, venue listings and feature stories every week. From time to time, the journalist will also have to contribute to commercial briefs and write sponsored content. At the same time, they’ll know how to maintain the editorial integrity that has made Time Out a leader in the lifestyle journalism space for more than 50 years, and ensure the independence of its coverage.

Our ideal candidate will have

  • Journalism experience, ideally in lifestyle media, features writing, arts and culture writing or food media
  • A thorough understanding of and enthusiasm for Melbourne, including major attractions, festivals and things to do
  • An everlasting supply of ideas for stories to write
  • Excellent attention to detail and grammatical skills
  • Familiarity with analytics tools like Parse.ly or Google Analytics
  • Excellent interview skills
  • An understanding of defamation and intellectual property laws in Australia
  • The ability to learn new applications and software quickly
  • Experience in using social media and SEO to grow new audiences and inspire existing audiences to engage more deeply with a range of content
  • A passion for going out! There is the expectation that the journalist will attend events, openings and interviews and won’t be hesitant to say yes to opportunities
  • Strong relationship-building skills, relating to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and assignments at once
  • The ability to meet tight deadlines

What we look for in a candidate

Time Out is a company filled with individuals as diverse as the cities we live in and cover.  At the same time there are common characteristics and values we all share. To join our team, you’ll want to… 

  • Be commercially astute
  • Either have experience at or want to dive headfirst into a fast-paced digital-first company
  • Think globally
  • Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive
  • Be a team player

About Our Culture

At Time Out Group 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, gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; 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, social justice, and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

About Time Out Group plc

 

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 world’s first food and cultural market experience based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures decades of local knowledge, independent reviews and expert opinions. Everything that is being offered in Time Out Market must have been reviewed with four or five stars, and not one star less, by independent Time Out journalists.

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 Porto, Prague, Abu Dhabi and London. 

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



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.

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