Communications Executive


  • London  
    London, United Kingdom
    perm, remote, temp to perm  
  • Company
    News UK  
    Start date
    One year fixed term contract  
  • Closing date
    4 October 2022  
    Posted on
    22 September 2022  

Your role:

This multidisciplinary communications executive role has a broad remit, working across News UK’s communications team. It is a brilliant opportunity for someone in the early stages of a communications career looking to take the next step, offering experience across all aspects of communications, and an inside view of the media.

Your team:

News UK runs a busy and effective communications function, covering corporate comms, B2B trade PR, internal communications and events, and consumer PR for our broadcast brands, across one of the most well known and fast-evolving media businesses in the UK.

You will report into the Senior Communications Manager, and work closely with the Communications Manager, Communications Director, as well as other stakeholders across the business, including Heads of Communications for The Times and The Sunday Times, and The Sun, publicists for our broadcast brands, designers, journalists, HR and more.

Day to day you will:

  • Lead our daily and crisis media monitoring, compiling daily media coverage reports, tracking and reporting on crisis issues, and managing our media monitoring provider.
  • Deliver engaging content for our owned channels, including our website, intranet and social media. You will regularly write in a range of styles, manage and deliver internal newsletters, campaigns and events.
  • Manage the creation of creative assets including print and digital, video and photography.
  • Assist with pitching stories to B2B and consumer media, researching media targets and opportunities for campaigns and announcements, drafting press releases and reporting on progress.
  • Share industry best practices and keep up to date with the media industry landscape.

What we’re looking for from you:

We’re looking for someone who is talented, hardworking and proactive, hungry to fast-track their next career step by supporting a busy in-house communications team. The ideal candidate will have already spent 12-18 months in a corporate, internal or consumer communications setting, in an agency or in-house - as well as have a passion for current affairs and the news industry. 

  • Strong communications experience of 1-2 years within agency or relevant communication field, ideally across a mix of corporate, internal or consumer comms.
  • Confidence in writing abilities – experience in writing press releases, copy and reports efficiently and thoughtfully.
  • Superb attention to detail and the ability to spot problems and proactively resolve them.
  • Excellent time management and the ability to respond to tasks quickly and efficiently.
  • Proven ability to work across multiple different workstreams, with differing requirements and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the daily news agenda and passion for current affairs and the news industry.
  • Enthusiastic, organised, proactive, a hard worker and keen to learn new things.

We are News: Our iconic newsbrands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS. Our broadcasting business comprises national stations talkSPORT, Times Radio, and Virgin Radio - home to the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Graham Norton at the weekend – as well as market-leading local stations across Ireland. TalkTV is our major new TV channel, delivering a schedule of news, current affairs, entertainment and sport, with Piers Morgan in a primetime evening show.

What's in it for you?

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%.
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year.
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks.
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.
  • Private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, a free Headspace membership, access to Peppy, a free health app designed to provide you, with expert health support, tests, and personalised advice, a private GP service, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme.
  • Learning and Development courses, access to a range of qualified internal and external coaches who can work with you on a 1-1 basis to help you achieve your goals, and a full LinkedIn learning licence with more than 16,000 courses and personalised recommendations.
  • Digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times, and access to a 50% discount on all HarperCollins books.
  • News Corp will match any donation you make to charity pound for pound, up to $500, or make a donation based on the amount of time you have spent volunteering for a cause, up to the same amount.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes. We also have a number of employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group.

Equal opportunities:

The Company is an equal opportunities employer and wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities for all its employees and for all applicants for employment. It opposes all forms of discrimination in the workplace.

We are a diverse team so want to maximise every individual’s potential to create a productive environment where everyone feels valued, and where talents are fully recognised and utilised.

This means affording equal access to any employment opportunities within the Company according to your ability, without prejudice or discrimination by reason of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, disability or age.

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