Regional News Officer
Starting salary: £29,758 - £31,252 pa
Contract: 10 Months
We are looking for a dynamic self-starter Media Officer, with a creative flair who relishes working across the full range of media outlets and can spot an opportunity to turn content into compelling and thought-provoking media coverage. In this role you will work closely with the Head of Media, as well as with members of the Regional (England and Wales), Creative Content, Digital, International Programmes, Campaigns, Policy and Advocacy teams, to increase the organisation’s media visibility across UK regional, national and faith media outlets – with a strong emphasis on securing broadcast (radio and Tv), alongside print (broadsheets and tabloids), online, magazines and social media channels.
Over the coming six to nine months, media coverage of CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal across various regional, national, and social media channels will be a core focus of the Media Officer role.
The post holder is line managed by the Head of Media
- To identify media opportunities to raise the profile of CAFOD’s work to key audiences
- To identify media opportunities in support of CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal, and develop and implement regional, national and faith media, as well as social media, plans
- Help guide and advise overseas programme teams on identifying story angles for UK media
- Develop productive working relationships with Regional Teams, Creative Content Manager, Digital and International Programme colleagues in support of scoping media worthy ideas for coverage
- Edit content produced by others, and pitch to key media targets. Write press releases, op-eds, and features
- Respond to and manage reactive media requests and develop proactive media opportunities – including sourcing media spokespeople and case studies for broadcast opportunities, and drafting quotes, statements, and topline messaging
- Coach and support spokespeople and staff partners in broadcast interviewing techniques for radio and Tv interviews and media visits to the field
Responding to humanitarian emergencies
- To work with Supporter-Fundraising teams to provide newsworthy content for regional media coverage - and secure broadcast media coverage of CAFOD’s regional spokespeople on radio and Tv
- To work in support of Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeals – ensuring CAFOD is offered prime broadcast slots
Skills and experience
- Experience of pitching and securing broadcast and print and online media coverage and maximising content for social media channels
- Ability to be flexible and work across different organisational briefs and activities – including Campaigns, Policy, Advocacy, Longer-Term Development and Emergencies
- A nose for a story and a keen insight into news and current affairs
- Strong communication skills, both written (able to produce polished and compelling copy often to tight deadlines and with a good understanding of what works for CAFOD digital channels) And verbal (able to be persuasive with pitching media ideas to producers/journalists/media outlets)
- Able to meet deadlines and make decisions on what to prioritise when working under pressure on several stories
- Able to support cross-organisational initiatives integrating corporate objectives into media work and support, motivate and develop staff in understanding what works best for media
- Able to work effectively, efficiently, and calmly on issues that are often complex and sensitive to find the best approach for CAFOD’s media engagement
Person Specification/Essential Criteria
- Proven ability to identify and pitch compelling story ideas to national media outlets
- Ability to pitch CAFOD spokespeople to broadcasters
- Is able to communicate what is distinctive about CAFOD as a Catholic development agency and how this supports the vision and mission of Our Common Home
- Managing ourselves: Is a self-organiser, able to work to tight deadlines often under pressure. Willingly takes responsibility for getting work done, working systematically with accuracy. Readily shares ideas, knowledge and expertise with Media Team colleagues and others
- Working with others: Takes care to better understand the needs and perspectives of those we work with. Welcomes feedback or expert advice and takes it on board. Builds collaborative working relationships and challenges constructively
- Communicating: Has good verbal and written skills - a warm and approachable manner. Can share ideas, knowledge, and information with colleagues. Is confident working with senior members of the organisation – able to prepare them for broadcast interviews, or verbally brief on an issue
Making change happen
- Achieving results: Has a clear sense of purpose while prioritising several media pitches. Can be relied upon to meet deadlines
- Managing Resources: Uses information systems and processes to ensure work is completed efficiently
This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.
All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. CAFOD also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.
Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults
CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount. Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.
This post involves contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, or has responsibility for people who will do, and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to safeguarding issues. If based in the UK, the post holder is required to present or obtain a Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). If the post is based outside the UK, the post holder will be subject to a different checking process.
Interview Date: Monday, 10th August 2020
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CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
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