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Mental Floss UK Editor

Mental Floss is looking for a talented editor - and curious lover of facts - to dream up great stories and assign and edit other people's work for a UK version of MentalFloss.com.

 

You can write about almost anything, and you will. What people did for fun in the 16th century. Why we have Queen Victoria to thank for the white wedding dress tradition. Shakespeare. Crazy golf. Drones. You name it. The position will be based in our London office.

 

Primary responsibilities will include conceiving and assigning story ideas that fit our smart, quirky voice and positive tone, editing work from freelancers and staff writers, writing posts, conducting on-camera interviews, and executing sponsored campaigns.

 

Ideal candidates must have:

 

  • At least three years of editing, writing, and assigning experience

  • On camera and talent interview experience

  • Natural curiosity and the ability to generate tons of story ideas

  • An enthusiasm for pop culture and entertainment

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to work quickly

  • Strong research skills

  • Communications skills (both internal and external)

  • Strong organisation

  • A network of freelancers they would love to bring to our site

  • Have a journalism/media degree and/or NTCJ training

  • Ability to nurture writers with constructive feedback

  • Ability to collaborate with our US-based team

  • Knowledge of social media platforms, analytics, and SEO

  • Experience with Drupal and Photoshop a plus

  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite (word, excel)

Additional skills preferred: ​

  • Existing PR relationships within entertainment, travel, food and shopping industries

  • Experience ideating and delivering commercial, branded and sponsored campaigns

  • Flexibility to attend evening events and occasionally work out of hours when necessary

  • Experience with Premiere Pro / Final Cut