Insider and Business of Law Editor

The Lawyer’s Daily, part of LexisNexis Canada, is looking for an experienced freelance news editor to join our leading legal publishing team in the Toronto office.

Preferable start date: May 1, 2017
Rate: 35 hours per week / $30 per hour

The role

With a strong background in daily news coverage, you will source, write and create content for The Lawyer’s Daily Insider section, and shape how this important part of the website will develop and grow.

Research support to assist the Digital Reporters will be a major part of this role, too.

You will also be expected to handle coverage on the business of law (practice management) and assign a set number of articles per week to freelance writers and columnists.

A key aspect will be to network in the Canadian legal industry, build a stellar contact book, nurture trusted relationships with lawyers and enjoy breaking news stories.

Our ideal candidate is a self-starter comfortable with developing and owning a beat, sourcing stories and writing accurately to tight deadlines.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Digital Content Lead, and taking guidance from the Managing Editor, the Insider and Business of Law Editor will participate in all aspects of the website’s daily content, including:

-Pitch, report and write stories about the Canadian legal industry, its movers and shakers
-Source information about legal conferences, other relevant events and attend them when required, report on them when the content is newsworthy
-Arrange and conduct interviews as needed
-Story conception
-Write breaking news items
-Find and nurture new sources is very important

Requirements

-An excellent command of the English language
-Sound knowledge of Canadian Press style
-Experience or an interest in the Canadian legal industry is a huge asset
-Three years’ experience working full-time in an editorial capacity in a media organization or as a successful freelance writer
-Excellent reporting and writing skills, with a creative approach to story ideas, headlines and copy and a sharp eye for grammar and proofreading
-Degree in journalism is preferred … but on-the-job experience and “street smarts” goes a long way too
-Proven, sound editorial judgement
-Excellent communication skills, highly organized and self-motivated
-Able to handle multiple stories and maintain creativity in a tight, deadline-oriented environment
-Previous newsroom experience is an asset
-Working knowledge of (and experience in using) social media is an asset
-Experience in using content management systems an asset … or a quick learner
-Photography and videography skills are also an asset
-Own transport would be beneficial

This is a full-time freelance position (35 hours per week) based in our office in Toronto, Ontario. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter with “Insider and Business of Law Editor” in the subject line by Thursday, April 13 to John Carson at john.carson@lexisnexis.ca.

Thank you in advance for all applications; suitable candidates will be invited for interviews.