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Music Times Network is a global digital media brand home to Music Times.com, MStars News.com and Classicalite.com. Headquartered in New York City, MStars News, Music Times and Classicalite are premiere multimedia platforms for breaking celebrity news, entertainment and pop culture coverage. Each month millions of fans recognize Mstars News, Music Times and Classicalite as the go-to destination for up to the minute coverage on the hottest trends in the arts, television, film,music, fashion, beauty, sports, comics, comedy, theater, charity, fitness, food, and much, much more. Music Times Network strives daily to not only break the news but make the news with exclusive interviews, red carpet coverage and on-camera performances in our own studio and on location. Since it's establishment in 2013, the Music Times Network has become ranked among the top 50 entertainment websites in the world according to Comscore.com.

Job Description:

MStars News.com is looking for a dynamic Associate Editor who has a passion for all areas of entertainment and can handle gossip topics with journalistic integrity. We are looking for an enthusiastic, diligent and professional writer/editor who can join our team in its mission to enrich the lives of readers and artists. The Associate Editor will play an essential role in shaping the MStarsNews.com editorial vision by developing and following through with stories that are important and engaging for a broad yet discerning audience. In addition to having excellent editing skills and attention to detail, candidates must also be able to assist in planning, developing, and executing long-term content strategies, as well as manage a diverse community of writers, journalists, and contributors. Editors must be capable of catching hot topics and write numerous articles, meeting deadlines and goals. Candidates must be timely when delivering news stories, write compelling articles, drive traffic, and have great organizational skills.

Desired Skills and Experience:

A positive attitude
Good energy and flexibility
At least 2+ years digital journalism or relevant experience
Demonstrated ability to explain complex subjects and write engaging copy
Have an eye for important stories that fly under the radar and are routinely ignored by traditional news media
Excellent editing, scheduling, story assignment, long-range planning of features
Beyond well-versed in SEO, CMS and Associated Press writing style
Experience writing original exclusive and secondary stories using reliable sources while maintaining a unique voice
Can turn around a story in less than 40 minutes if needed
Can maintain weekly traffic goals set by company
Bachelors or above preferred in Journalism or Media Studies

Daily tasks will include:

1. Copy edit stories on CMS using CMS checklist, Maximize SEO
2. Give writers the OK on exclusives/lists
3. Assign stories to writers
4. Set up interviews for writers and manage until posted, send to PR
5. Update the homepage: Carousel, Featured Section, Editor’s Picks, Polls
6. Keep track of writers’ contract obligations and projects that they have in the works
7. Help writers brainstorm story ideas
8. Spearhead projects such as awards show coverage, holiday/end of year lists, festival coverage
9. Keep track of all originals/exclusives in the works, update the board
10. Troubleshoot problems that writers have, be their liaison with tech/press people
11. Compile weekly reports
12. Bring up writer concerns to upper management
13. Work closely with Social Media Manager cross promoting priority content and contests on our social platforms
14. Set up exclusive premieres (music videos, music streaming) with press people
15. Can create memes
16. Editing video, podcast production and on camera experience a plus but not necessary
17. Open to wearing many hats
18. Bonus opportunities

Note: This is a full-time freelance position with the opportunity to become staff. To apply, email: resumes atmusictimesco.com (http://musictimesco.com/) with "MStarsNews.com Associate Editor" in the subject line and attach the following:Cover letter, Resume, LinkedIn profile and/or personal website,Three (3) published writing samples,Areas of expertise,Salary History, Minimum three (3) professional references with full contact info

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