News Editor

  • Business: emap
  • BrandConstruction News
  • Base Location: Fleet Street, London/Hybrid ( 3 days from home, 2 days in the office)
  • Employment Type: Full time, Permanent
  • Salary: £38,000 DOE

Construction News is the leading publication for construction, a sector accounting for 7% of the UK’s economic output. Our audience consists of the people and firms delivering billions of pounds worth of building and civil engineering schemes on behalf of government departments, property developers and housebuilders. But our readers face major challenges: from making a profit and keeping workers safe, implementing post-Grenfell regulations and drastically reducing carbon emissions.

We are a critical friend to industry, delivering high quality reporting on and for the sector via breaking news, comment, analysis, in-depth features and investigations across our website and monthly print magazine.

Recent stories include into the scandal of dangerous RAAC concrete in schools; the cancellation of the second phase of HS2 and a major investigation into mental health issues caused by late payments to subcontractors

CN has a proud history stretching back more than 150 years. In addition to our written journalism, we also produce podcasts, run agenda-setting conferences and events plus online webinars and round tables.

Our Fleet Street office in central London is open every day but the team works on a hybrid basis, with two days in the office and three days remotely.

About the Role:

Construction News is looking for a news editor to lead the team’s delivery of content of news content across web and print. This role reports to the editor and deputy editor – and sits alongside our long form editor, who manages our news output. It involves close working with CN’s production editor to manage the flow of copy to meet deadlines.

You will line-manage two journalists, assisting them to develop in their roles, and you will contribute news and long-form articles.

Key responsibilities:

  • Organising the gathering of news leads, allocating stories, and tackling the first edit of news material.
  • Choosing and ordering stories for daily newsletter and breaking news bulletins.
  • Selecting and editing news and analysis content for print.
  • Maintaining a calendar of foreseeable news events and monitoring the output of rival media.
  • Researching and writing your own news stories, analysis and opinion pieces, plus regular long-form contributions such as investigations and features.
  • Supporting the editor and deputy editor in delivering editorial output that is legal, of high quality, and meets the needs of CN’s audience across print, digital and social media.
  • Managing your direct reports and guiding their development.
  • Collaborating with the production editor to ensure material is speedily readied for publication, and that CN stories achieve their full potential using analytics and social media.
  • Contributing to CN’s live events and webinars.


Skills and experience:

  • Experienced journalist, ready to manage others as well as your own work.
  • Relevant experience writing news material for a business audience.
  • Skilled at building and maintaining the contacts needed to deliver exclusive stories.
  • Copy-editing skills to ensure stories have a sharp headline, strong angle and a clear flow of facts.
  • Familiar with journalism law and how to write effectively about a litigious industry.
  • Ready to offer guidance to other writers on angles and news gathering approach.
  • Experience of working with fast-paced, digital-first formats is preferable, as is familiarity with using analytics to help raise the performance of editorial output
  • The ability to tackle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ideally with an interest in the technical, financial and political aspects of the industry.

Core competencies:

  • Demonstrable B2B journalism skills with a strong portfolio of published news stories.
  • Comfortable with the demands of digital-first publications.
  • Good at spotting stories in financial reports and government data.
  • Skilled at developing stories with follow-up reports, including those broken by other publications.
  • Organised, able to plan ahead and to prioritise competing tasks.
  • Comfortable managing others, delegating work, and providing guidance in a constructive way.

Learning & Development

 At emap, we believe that employee learning and development are the key drivers of our success. To ensure continuous growth and meet the ever-changing demands of the workplace, we provide an environment that fosters continuous development for our employees.

Our employees are encouraged to identify their areas of personal and professional development aligned with our strategic areas, including management development, health, safety & wellbeing, sales, events management, marketing strategy, editorial, and information technology. We have a structured framework designed to help equip our employees with the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to excel in their job roles, contributing to achieving our organizational objectives.

To support our employees’ career development, we have designed specialised programs, as well as other stand-alone role-specific and generic courses, under the emap academy.

This exciting position is a full-time hybrid role. 2 days in the office, 3 days from home. This could change over time depending on business needs.

Benefits: emap is part of Metropolis Group. Together we are committed to providing a happy and healthy place to work, so we offer fantastic benefits and perks to our employees.

  • 25 days of holiday per year (with the option to buy or sell)
  • Health plan
  • Life assurance
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Retail discount vouchers
  • Rail season ticket loans
  • Private virtual GP access
  • Pension scheme
  • Income protection and more
  • Continuous learning & development opportunities
  • Seasonal flu jabs on site
  • One paid volunteer day per year
  • Summer and Winter parties
  • Work from home during August
  • In-house Excellence Awards and other innovation projects

How to apply: Please email your CV, a covering letter setting out why you are suited to this role and three examples of your work to Please also provide salary expectations.

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Diversity and Inclusion:  We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion.  All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

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