We’re hiring a new Editor!
The Indie Game Website is fast emerging as the leading dedicated indie games website on the web. Do you think that sentence has too many webs in it? Then why not apply to be our new Editor?
We’re looking for someone to lead the charge and bring their own unique perspective to evolving and growing The Indie Game Website. From content direction, to commissioning, to writing about the best and most fascinating games on the market, this is a wide-ranging role that combines strategic planning, coaching, and hands-on writing and copy editing.
This is a part-time freelance role of approximately 15 hours per week, with exact working patterns to be agreed with the chosen candidate. As such, this would be the perfect role for someone with experience running their own website or blog who is looking to take a step into the professional games media, or a more established freelance journalist ready to earn their editing stripes alongside other work. We can be flexible in order to allow you to fit this role around your other commitments, although we do need someone who can work with at least some crossover with UK working hours.
Diversity & Inclusion: The Indie Game Website would not be what it is without the contributions of a range of people, from all walks of life, and from all parts of the world. We believe diversity and inclusion make the games media a better place, and encourage applications from minoritised groups. Applications will be judged on individual merit, so please don’t be afraid to highlight what you can bring to the table in terms of your unique experience and voice.
- Work with the site’s publisher to define and hone the editorial content strategy
- Work with individual freelance writers to help them refine their copy and produce exemplary content – with a focus on finding and nurturing emerging talent
- Seek and assess freelance pitches and assign content to freelance contributors, working within an agreed editorial budget
- Manage the site’s editorial schedule to ensure a steady flow of content
- Ensure all content is of the highest quality: brilliantly written, fact-checked, and with attractive images
- Run the website’s social media feeds
- Utilise Google Analytics and social analytics tools to identify trends and develop content plans to boost traffic and on-site engagement
- Work alongside Game If You Are’s marketing team to ensure site content is effectively promoted
- Write regular content for the site – with a focus on short daily posts about awesome new indie games, but with the opportunity to contribute other content at your discretion
Essential Skills & Experience
- Demonstrably excellent written English, with the ability to produce accurate and characterful copy
- A deep and up-to-date knowledge of the video games scene, particularly indie games
- Experience running a website (professional or hobbyist) OR experience working for professional publications (on-staff or freelance)
- The confidence and ability to work with other writers to help them improve their work – via tailored feedback, coaching, copy editing etc
Desirable Skills & Experience
- Experience managing small teams
- Experience as a professional editor, section editor or associate editor
- Experience commissioning work from freelancers
- An understanding of SEO, digital marketing and/or social media
- Experience managing budgets
£800 per month (£24,000/year FTE).
How To Apply
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line The Indie Game Website Editor Application. Please use exactly that subject line, or your application is liable to get lost.
Include in your email:
- A brief summary of who you are and why you’re applying for the role.
- An outline of your relevant experience and achievements, illustrating how you meet the essential and any desirable criteria.
- Two original, unedited writing samples about games (which may be attached to the email or links to posts on a personal blog or website). Please do not link to edited work on other websites; we need to see your raw copy.
Applications will close at the end of February and we are ideally looking for someone who can start in the middle of March.
Due to the volume of applications we expect to receive, we can’t promise a reply to everyone. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email to arrange an interview via video call.
No recruiters or recruitment agencies – your emails will be binned and your email addresses blocked.