Digital Content Producer

Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio

Date PostedFebruary 18, 2019
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time


The Akron Beacon Journal/ is seeking a skilled digital content producer with strong news judgement who is capable of working independently to arrange the homepage, section fronts and social media accounts with a view to strong reader engagement.  Applicants should be experienced at making editorial decisions for website placement, social media scheduling and mobile app distribution based on web traffic analytics and an understanding of the types of content audiences consume.

The job requires the ability to write a fast, accurate breaking news story if no reporter is available and the ability to edit if necessary.  Applicants need a broad working knowledge of news, cultural and sports topics and how they rank in newsworthiness and importance.

At least two years of experience with a daily digital production for a news site is preferred.  


  • Manage content sent to website, including quick-paced editing of breaking news.

  • Plan distribution of content on available channels, including website, mobile application and social media channels.

  • Take ownership of social media channels and work closely with newsroom to promote its work.

  • Create social media posts to engage readers.

  • Study social media, other publications and institutions to find trending stories and topics to aggregate or refer to reporters.

  • Basic photo, video and audio production and editing.

  • Work with reporters and editors to help frame their content in the best ways to reach and maximize audience.

  • Monitor other media outlets in the region for content to aggregate and pursue.

  • Train colleagues in all production practices, including CMS, SEO and social best practices.

  • Audit content to ensure stories meet our digital production standards.

  • Help keep newsroom abreast of the changes in search, social and emerging technologies.

  • Write or edit online news stories as needed.

  • Complete projects assigned by manager on time and with minimal oversight.

  • Complete other duties as assigned.



  • 2+ years of experience at daily newspaper or digital news site.

  • College degree or equivalent experience.

  • Steady hand during breaking news events.

  • Demonstrated passion for using social media to engage audiences and expand reach, especially on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Strong knowledge of SEO.

  • Deep understanding and focus on web analytics using tools like and Google Analytics.

  • Self-starter who is eager to learn and develop new skills.

  • Strong news judgement.

  • Knowledge of digital storytelling tools, such as timelines, maps, crowdsourcing, etc.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, including editing or rewriting as needed.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with reporters, editors, photographers and videographers.

  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines, work accurately and handle breaking news.

  • Strong appreciation for the web, digital news and the Akron and Northeast Ohio communities.

  • Work well independently and within a team; foster a cooperative work environment.

  • Strong editing and grammar skills, including headline writing.

  • Working knowledge of HTML.

  • Working knowledge of AP Style.

  • Ability to work occasional late shifts and/or weekend shifts.


The Akron Beacon Journal/ is owned by GateHouse Media, which is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply to Managing Editor Darrin Werbeck at Provide a resume and work samples.

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