Newsdesk Officer Job Vacancy at British Embassy, New Delhi India

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Newsdesk Officer Job

The British Embassy in Delhi, India is seeking applications from eligible and motivated candidates for the Job post of ‘Newsdesk Officer’ which would entitle with all International benefits. Interested candidates can check their eligibility and apply to this job post.

Job Post: Newsdesk Officer

Salary: INR 62,826 per month plus 12% provident fund and 6% Special Allowance

Location: Delhi, India

Organization: British Embassy, Delhi

Last date to Apply: 12th November 2020

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Job Summary

To actively promote positive stories about the UK in India to the press, to log and respond to media inquiries, and build close working relationships with a broad range of Indian journalists. Lead on monitoring UK-India news and preparing daily media summaries for the organization.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Newsdesk team sits at the heart of the British High Commission, dealing with queries from a range of journalists and promoting stories about the UK’s activities in India. You will help promote the UK Government’s policies and activities in India, in response to phone and email enquiries from journalists, working closely with colleagues across the British High Commission to draft concise, accurate and robust responses and appropriately escalating issues of particular importance. You will build strong working relationships with journalists, knowing when to use off-the-record briefing to temper or rebut inaccurate reporting. You will also identify key contacts across the Indian media landscape for effectively promoting positive stories about UK activities and priorities.

You will work with the Head of Newdesk and the Campaigns Team to identify news hooks and opportunities for media engagement, draft press material (including statements and press releases) and proactively promote it to the media. You will know what makes a positive and compelling story, and will work with colleagues to create and disseminate them. You will work on high-profile events and directly support Ministerial and senior official visits, in particular through identifying, setting-up and helping to manage interviews and press conferences.

Specific responsibilities of the job holder will include:

  • Actively monitoring the news for relevant UK-India stories and preparing in-house daily media summaries
  • Logging media enquiries and drafting/issuing official responses
  • Writing and editing various written outputs (including press releases and articles) across a range of subjects
  • Providing media advice and guidance to colleagues – including on timing, format and which platforms to use – to deliver key messages effectively
  • Facilitating and supporting media engagements (interviews, press briefings, managing media representatives at events etc.)
  • Evaluating and measuring performance of communication outputs and media engagements
  • Acting as on-call press officer through a rotational duty systemThe Newsdesk team sits at the heart of the British High Commission, dealing with queries from a range of journalists and promoting stories about the UK’s activities in India. You will help promote the UK Government’s policies and activities in India, in response to phone and email enquiries from journalists, working closely with colleagues across the British High Commission to draft concise, accurate and robust responses and appropriately escalating issues of particular importance. You will build strong working relationships with journalists, knowing when to use off-the-record briefing to temper or rebut inaccurate reporting. You will also identify key contacts across the Indian media landscape for effectively promoting positive stories about UK activities and priorities.

    You will work with the Head of Newdesk and the Campaigns Team to identify news hooks and opportunities for media engagement, draft press material (including statements and press releases) and proactively promote it to the media. You will know what makes a positive and compelling story, and will work with colleagues to create and disseminate them. You will work on high-profile events and directly support Ministerial and senior official visits, in particular through identifying, setting-up and helping to manage interviews and press conferences.

    Specific responsibilities of the job holder will include:

    • Actively monitoring the news for relevant UK-India stories and preparing in-house daily media summaries
    • Logging media enquiries and drafting/issuing official responses
    • Writing and editing various written outputs (including press releases and articles) across a range of subjects
    • Providing media advice and guidance to colleagues – including on timing, format and which platforms to use – to deliver key messages effectively
    • Facilitating and supporting media engagements (interviews, press briefings, managing media representatives at events etc.)
    • Evaluating and measuring performance of communication outputs and media engagements
    • Acting as on-call press officer through a rotational duty systemThe Newsdesk team sits at the heart of the British High Commission, dealing with queries from a range of journalists and promoting stories about the UK’s activities in India. You will help promote the UK Government’s policies and activities in India, in response to phone and email enquiries from journalists, working closely with colleagues across the British High Commission to draft concise, accurate and robust responses and appropriately escalating issues of particular importance. You will build strong working relationships with journalists, knowing when to use off-the-record briefing to temper or rebut inaccurate reporting. You will also identify key contacts across the Indian media landscape for effectively promoting positive stories about UK activities and priorities.

      You will work with the Head of Newdesk and the Campaigns Team to identify news hooks and opportunities for media engagement, draft press material (including statements and press releases) and proactively promote it to the media. You will know what makes a positive and compelling story, and will work with colleagues to create and disseminate them. You will work on high-profile events and directly support Ministerial and senior official visits, in particular through identifying, setting-up and helping to manage interviews and press conferences.

      Specific responsibilities of the job holder will include:United Nations Group

      • Actively monitoring the news for relevant UK-India stories and preparing in-house daily media summaries
      • Logging media enquiries and drafting/issuing official responses
      • Writing and editing various written outputs (including press releases and articles) across a range of subjects
      • Providing media advice and guidance to colleagues – including on timing, format and which platforms to use – to deliver key messages effectively
      • Facilitating and supporting media engagements (interviews, press briefings, managing media representatives at events etc.)
      • Evaluating and measuring performance of communication outputs and media engagements
      • Acting as on-call press officer through a rotational duty system

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Essential qualifications

Essential on arrival:

  • Previous experience in journalism, corporate communications, or public relations.
  • Proven ability in writing and editing
  • Solid understanding of Indian media landscape

Desirable:

  • Confident public speaker with an ability to work well in large teams
  • Degree in journalism, communications, or public relations
  • Prior experience of working in an international, multicultural organisation

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