The Wellesley College Office of Communications & Public Affairs is looking for a Senior Writer to join its digital content team. Reporting to the Director of Media Relations, the ideal candidate will first and foremost be a strong writer who is insatiably curious about the world around them. This individual can find and recognize a good story, tell it accurately and effectively through print and digital platforms, and recognize when and how a single story should be told through a variety of mediums and to a variety of audiences—a written piece for the website that could be complemented with photos on Instagram, or a video for Facebook, for example.
This candidate should be experienced in editorial writing and understand the news process, as well as a general knowledge of pitching stories and media relations. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, able to proactively find and pitch stories, to develop relationships with stakeholders across the College, and able to work under deadline. They are able to work autonomously and also are a team player, working closely with other members of Communications & Public Affairs and collaborating on projects.
Primary Position Responsibilities
Writing stories and creating content for Wellesley’s Spotlight news section, which publishes two to three times a week.
Create corresponding social media posts for stories as well, and if relevant, media pitches and releases.
Consistently bring new story ideas and content opportunities to the editorial team for discussion, sourcing new story ideas from across the College and community, the news, and current events.
Build a repository of “evergreen” content and story ideas to use when needed in the team’s editorial calendar.
Assist Editorial and Social Media Director in other social media content creation.
Assist Director of Media Relations in media relations and communications efforts, pitching ideas and opportunities, and press release writing.
Contribute as needed on other media relations tasks and fielding requests.
Assist with other communications writing (website, etc.) as needed.
Work together with the rest of the Communications & Public Affairs team to build the College’s profile in traditional, online, and social media.
B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree preferred.
Minimum five-year proven track record in writing news and editorial content and/or media relations. Experience in developing communications and working under deadline is preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
Excellent writing and editing ability and understanding of the College's mission.
Strong experience in a newsroom/editorial setting.
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