NewsWhip Media is seeking a new member for our Dublin-based team, with responsibilities in communications, content management, marketing and sales work.
What does NewsWhip do all day?
NewsWhip is a technology that ranks news stories purely based on their real-time social popularity. It tracks how many shares, tweets, comments and other interactions tens of thousands of news stories have, hour by hour, day by day. You can see the tip of the iceberg at NewsWhip.com
After newsrooms asked us for faster, more granular data, we developed NewsWhip Spike, a much more detailed and faster tool that allows newsrooms to see what’s about to trend in different topics, what’s taking off on competitor sites, and what’s emerging on YouTube and other viral content sources. Today, clients using NewsWhip Spike include NBC, BBC, Buzzfeed, USA Today, and RTE.
Right now we’re working with newsrooms on improving Spike, we’re putting the finishing touches on our iPhone and Android apps, we’re developing foreign language capacity (NewsWhip en Francais), and we’re adding loads of new publications to our system to be monitored.
Hello, new Jack (or Jill) of all tades at NewsWhip. We’ll come up with a more official job title for you when you join. But right now something informal like this is the best description. You’re joining a very small team, so you’ll be mucking in on everything.
Each day, your responsibilities will involve some combination of the following:
- Communications, including drafting blog posts, preparing marketing emails, editing or drafting press releases, and creating social media posts.
- Classifying publications and creating rules for classifying stories into our system, in a logical and clear way. This involves work in Microsoft Excel, and some simple online tools which we will train you in. You may soon be managing the work flow of others doing this task.
- Smart clerical work, helping us prune our database and make sure everything in NewsWhip is working well. You do not need a coding background for this, but you will need good attention to detail and an ability to work systematically and attentively.
- Creating sales plans, deck pitches, and other business documentation. If you can make a good PowerPoint presentation or work with graphics or charts, that will be useful.
We’ll supply all the training you’ll need on using our systems and on our processes.
The experience you’ll get with a rapidly growing startup is second to none. We think deeply about our business and industry and every day make dozens of decisions on design, priorities, sales, and marketing. We’re the first movers in a space that (we think) will be huge in the future. As the company grows, so will your responsibility. If everything goes well, you may find yourself with a good deal of autonomy quickly.
We work in DogPatch Labs, in a room full of other dynamic startup companies, all trying to conquer the world with new technologies and ideas. Coffee, beer, snacks and fresh fruit are all supplied for free. It’s a great place to be.
Pay for the position is competitive with high level graduate salaries (€28k range), and you’ll be eligible after some time to apply for our employee stock ownership plan. The successful applicant for the job will begin with a trial period – likely 6 months.
Work life balance here is reasonable – we work hard while we work but we think time off is important too.
We suspect the likely profile for a good candidate for this role is a recent (last 3 years) graduate in arts, engineering, business or sciences with strong academic and professional achievements. The qualities we’re seeking are:
- Intelligence, demonstrated through high academic performance or other accomplishments – preferably both. (Assuming you’re a graduate, we’re looking for a 1.1 or strong 2.1 degree)
- Competence & Responsibility. If we need you to do a routine task, you’ll still take ownership of it and do it well. You’re good at recognizing and correcting your own mistakes.
- Initiative. Anyone can point out problems – you probably learned how to do that in college. We’re looking for someone who can solve them.
- Imagination. You can grasp and appreciate novel and challenging ideas, and even generate and defend them sometimes.
- Communication and presentation skills. You can think and communicate your thoughts sharply, and this comes through in all your communications – including your application. If you have writings online already, include a link in your application.
- You play well with others. We all sit within a few feet of each other.
- A degree or degrees. Not completely essential, as some people do take other paths, but it will be an exceptional candidate who doesn’t satisfy this requirement.
- Enthusiasm. If the prospect of joining us doesn’t excite you somewhat, probably better you don’t apply.
2. Some extras that would be helpful:
- Being a news or current affairs nerd.
- Language competence (especially French, Spanish, Arabic, or German).
- Experience with Excel and Powerpoint.
- Experience using social media for marketing or otherwise grabbing attention.
How do I apply?
Please send a one-page resume and one-page cover letter to email@example.com. The job application period runs August 16 to September 5, 2012. NewsWhip is an equal opportunities employer.
If you’re shortlisted, you’ll hear from us.
Thanks very much for reading – if this job isn’t for you, we’d be grateful if you’d pass it on to someone you know who fits the bill.
NewsWhip will be advertising other positions – likely technical and sales roles – in the coming months.