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CAREERS

  • About Al Arabiya English:

    Al Arabiya English is the leading source of news and opinion from the Middle East for English-speaking audiences around the world. It is a 24-hour digital news platform publishing breaking news, politics, business, features, opinion and lifestyle. With a headquarters in Dubai and correspondents across the region, Al Arabiya English presents a globalized view of the Arab world to audiences across five continents.

    Key responsibilities and accountabilities

    • You will lead the digital side of the newsroom with the ultimate aim of increasing our traffic and impressions, numbers of users and engagement.
    • Focusing on analyzing numbers and dissecting analytics to create best digital practices.
    • This would be achieved through a combination of advising on story selection, story treatment, adding multimedia value, publishing techniques, leveraging social media networks, website management and reporting.
    • You will be responsible for monetizing the digital offering through advertising. This is not an editing role, but it is a leadership role in the newsroom with a shared responsibility for collective targets.
    • Focus on optimizing the newsroom for a rich digital offering that makes the most of the evolving digital publishing options and ensures that we maximise the growth in our audiences.
    • Ensure a consistently high quality of our digital output, ensuring that our stories are rich in multimedia elements including video and graphics, where needed
    • You will be responsible for creating and updating a digital best practice handbook for reporters and editors, and help to develop digital publishing standards, in particular offering advice and guidance to less experienced people on best practice.
    • Take the lead in working with IT and website developers on updating all aspects of the digital workflows from CMS to website and data.
    • Be familiar with user journeys and put great priority on the best possible user experience.
    • You will own SEO and ensure that each individual piece of content is optimized for different platforms including website, mobile app, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and any other platform.
    • Constantly be up to date with the competitive landscape in digital news platforms, ensuring that Al Arabiya English is at the vanguard of digital news in the region, embracing an early-adopter approach to news consumption behaviors


    Requirements

    • Have 7+ years of experience in a similar role;
    • Native-level English language skills;
    • Management skills
    • Experience managing a digital newsroom, including webmaster, top news editor and digital editor
    • Strong English language editing, writing and reporting skills;
    • Experience publishing rich digital content using Sprinklr or similar publishing tool
    • Experience and understanding of live analytics and publishing in a 24/7 environment
    • Expertise in compiling and analyzing data from digital assets
    • Willingness to work shifts including night shifts
    • Strong online research background;
    • Word and Excel skills;
    • An eye for detail along with critical thinking;
    • Prioritizing and multitasking;
    • Expertise in graphic design, animated maps, social media community management and video editing an advantage
    • Arabic speaking skills are an advantage