Writer / Editor, Automobiles

Consumers Union

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Position Overview:

A creative content developer conceiving of and executing a range of digital, print, social, interactive, and video content for all Consumer Reports products.  With general supervision, the Multimedia Content Creator writes, edits and enhances the work of Auto Test Center team, making sure stories are on-strategy, on-time, accurate, incorporate the contributions of all relevant internal resources, and are well-packaged and highly engaging. The Multimedia Content Creator assists with the generation of content ideas and manages the workflow of print, digital and video content.

Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of experience in multi-platform editorial for automotive, business or consumer project journalism required.
  • A thorough knowledge of automobiles, the automotive industry and automotive engineering
  • Experience in high-speed automotive testing required.
  • Must possess a SCCA license or have completed a professional driving school course.
  • High level of competency in all aspects of reviewing and creating accurate and compelling stories across all platforms.
  • Highly skilled in collecting and interpreting all data, internal and external, to create the most accurate and in context story possible.
  • Ability to smoothly transition writing styles from hard news to expository review to opinionated blog.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet rigid deadlines. 
  • Competency with page design software such as K4 and CQ as well as Microsoft Office and Google Docs highly beneficial.
  • On-camera broadcast experience, mass media training, and a daily journalism background are preferred.
  • Strategic creative skills essential.
  • Must be able to work in self-directed capacity and to conceive and execute compelling multimedia content.
  • Can translate complex technical automotive information into informative content across multiple platforms.
  • High level of competency in editing and writing display copy, generating ideas for infographics across all media.
  • Must maintain a US driver’s license in good standing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Under general supervision conceives and executes high quality, well reported cross-platform in depth regular automotive content campaigns that will be published across print, digital, and video platforms; works closely with counterparts in Labs, Advocacy, Survey, Communications, Design, and other key stakeholders to maximize resources and consumer impact.
  • Aggressively follows and reports on autos, ensuring content is relevant, timely, cutting-edge and addresses consumer needs in a proactive way.   Attending trade shows and other industry events as needed.
  • Acts as both in-house autos expert and CR autos representative for media outreach and public events.
  •  Acts as on-camera autos subject-matter expert for all CR video platforms; may be asked to execute rough drafts of video scripts.
  •  Edits the work of other writers in assigned product categories for publication on multiple platforms; advises other writers on best practices for digital content production.
  • Partners with digital editorial team to maintain specialty products such as Buying Guides, Product Pages, and other regularly-updated content on Consumer Reports Online.
  • Owns coordination of information from ATC, Advocacy, Survey, Social, Communications, Design, and other organizational teams that support assigned content areas.
  • Participates in the planning and scheduling process, creates sidebars, infographics that animates stories and reports.
  • Moves content through the production process, incorporating changes by related parties, copy-fitting, and conferring with art and production personnel.
  • Writes headlines, subheads, captions, cover lines etc., as necessary. Prepares sourcing for fact-checking.
  • Tests automobiles at ATC and in everyday life.  Collaborates with engineering team to create multi-media content.
  • Actively participates as a member of an auto product testing and content team, conferring with other team members as necessary to ensure objectives for quality and timeliness are met.
  • May write content, as needed, across all platforms.
  • Maintains high level knowledge of one or more product or service categories within the content group.
  • Performs other duties of the department as needed.
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