Social Video Journalist – Leeds+ and Story+ 

About Us
Leeds+ launched at the height of the pandemic, mid-lockdown and with the world at a standstill. In the time since, our small team of experienced digital journalists have reached millions across all major social media platforms, producing compelling native social video features on all things Leeds.

We’re here to explore key local issues, putting people at the heart of every story as well as celebrating the great food, drink and events that make our city the place it is. If Leeds folk are talking about it, we want to be there, telling stories in the most engaging and visual ways possible. Our ethos is simply ‘Backing Leeds’ – championing the things that mean the most to all those who call this city home.

We’re an expanding team working in the heart of Leeds city centre and with a studio and production facility at our disposal, and are now at a really exciting point in our journey.

What You’ll Get

  • Full-time staff contract.
  • 25 days holiday allowance.
  • In-house and external training in specialist social video production (long and short-form).
  • Flexible shift pattern and rota with some weekend work required.
  • Edit-grade laptop and full ‘MoJo’ self-shooting kit.
  • The chance to work as part of a fun, dynamic and forward-thinking team!

The Social Video Journalist Details

We want someone to help us build on the momentum behind our impressive audience growth, using the most advanced digital storytelling techniques to capture the biggest stories in our city. You’ll be the ultimate multi-skiller, a qualified journalist with a nose for news while being confident behind the camera and in the editing suite. You’ll know all social media platforms inside out, and the differences between them and their audiences too.

Leeds+, the city’s social-first news platform, is looking for a one-of-a-kind journalist and creative storyteller ready to push the boundaries of social media video creation. Launched in 2020, Leeds+ has since built an audience of over 350,000 followers across Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, YouTube and more, specialising in short-form video and crafting stories in some of the most visual ways possible.

We want a multi-skilled video journalist unafraid to get behind the camera and eager to own a story from start to finish. You’re someone who’s always on the lookout for the next scoop, and you’ve an eye for the best ways to tell it on social.

  • News platform Leeds+ is looking for a social media video journalist to join the team, creating short-form video content and posting it to 350,000 followers – including the city’s largest Instagram and TikTok channels.
  • This is a creative role, working full-time for a small and dynamic team from our Leeds city centre office.
  • You must be a qualified journalist, skilled in newsgathering, storytelling and professional video content creation.
  • A NCTJ or BJTC-accredited journalist is preferred but not required and you must be able to edit to a good standard on Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • You’ll get 25 days holiday and receive in-house and external training where required.Leeds+ is an exciting, growing media publisher where no two days are the same and some weekend work is required.
  • Leeds+ is an exciting, growing media publisher where no two days are the same and some weekend work is required. We’re looking for someone passionate about local news & events and about creating compelling short-form video.

The Social Video Journalist Responsibilities

  • To shoot and edit high quality short and long-form video primarily for social media.
  • Helping to source, research and plan engaging Leeds+ news content that aligns with our ‘Backing Leeds’ ethos.
  • Supporting the wider Story+ strategy, assisting and sometimes leading in commercial and advertorial content creation.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key contacts and clients from across the city.
  • Embracing the Story+ way of telling stories, and helping to develop new ways too, using the most advanced digital tools available.
  • Working to tight deadlines, often shooting and editing stories for publication on the same day.
  • Upholding high journalistic standards of trust and integrity – and adhering to all Leeds+ editorial guidelines.
  • Assisting with other productions such as live events and streaming.

The Social Video Journalist ideal candidate

  • A qualified video journalist, preferably NCTJ or BJTC-accredited.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills is a must.
  • A competent self-shooter, with an ability to film with ‘lightweight’ (MoJo) video and sound equipment.
  • Ability to edit to a high standard using Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Experienced in shooting and producing video news packages unassisted on location, preferably for social media.
  • A passion for digital storytelling and embracing new ways of engaging audiences.
  • Knowledge of the Leeds news patch and the key issues affecting the city.
  • A passion for social media and emerging digital platforms.

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining why you want to work for us and what you think of the Leeds+ platform. You should include plenty of examples of your work in the email – and make sure you get everything over to us as soon as possible, but no later than 19th June 2024 at 11:59pm. We’ll be booking interviews with candidates on a rolling weekly basis, so early applications are strongly encouraged.

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