Press Officer Recruitment London

Press Officer Recruitment London

Our client is currently recruiting for Press Officers, you will be responsible for direct engagement with the media.

Reference number: CIPHERC00026

Deadline date:27/06/2012

Contract value:£6,000 – £15,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Capita Resourcing


Description of the contract

Background Our client is currently recruiting for Press Officers, you will be responsible for direct engagement with the media. These posts will be mainly focused on handling enquiries on the Department’s busy newsdesk. Although you will also be required to draft press releases, articles and media statements. The role will also include organising press briefings, photo-calls and visits to ensure that the work of the department and its agencies is communicated to the media. Main Duties/ Responsibilities Work as part of the press office team, delivering a 24/7 media relations function for Ministers and senior officials. Responsible for Responding to a high volume of media inquiries through the Department’s newsdesk. Communicating key messages to journalists so that the media understands the department’s vision, priorities and policies. Developing key messages, media briefing documents, core scripts to build storylines/narratives. Drafting accurate and compelling press releases, articles, lines to take and statements to communicate messages to the media. Developing media handling plans so that announcements or other issues are handled professionally and achieve the right levels of press coverage. Join up press handling plans with wider communications strategies Ensure press conferences, photo-calls, media events etc are delivered to a professional standard. Build up a network of journalist contacts Participate in the out of hours’ rota to ensure the press office is open for business in the evenings and at weekends. Ensure the press office continues to innovate in how it reaches its audiences, by using social media, photos and producing audio and video material Develop good relationships with stakeholder organisations to support collaborative working. Outputs/ Deliverables to be achieved Effective handling of media enquiries Drafting press notices, articles, media statements Organising events and briefings. Skills/ Experience Required Drafting, Layout and Design • Draft clear and concise press notices, articles, web content and lines Channels and Technologies • Knowledge of the most suitable channels available to reach different audiences • Use of social media to extend the reach of our message and as a monitoring tool Business Knowledge and Communication Environment • Develop an in depth knowledge of the organisation’s policies • Keep up to date with developments in Government and the media industry • Use business knowledge to provide media handling advice Relationship/Account Management • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with journalists, communications colleagues and press officers from stakeholder organisations Strategic Marketing and Communication • Produce media handling strategies for policy announcements and Ministerial events. Effective communicator • Draft clear and concise lines to take, press releases, news stories and content for the website • Ability to identify what issues will be of media interest and understand the political impact of proposed policies • Explaining policies verbally in both face-to-face and telephone meetings with journalists in a confident manner and help them with requests for information • Knowledge of how the media works and an interest in current affairs and politics. Relationship manager • Develop excellent working relationships with journalists as a trusted contact. • Deliver to tight deadlines and be confident asking others to provide information and advice, whilst maintaining positive working relationships with colleagues. • Be assertive and confident in challenging and advising senior officials and ministers when necessary, ensuring they understand the communications implications of their decisions to protect the organisation’s reputation Strategic communicator • Develop media handling plans which fits with the wider communications campaigns and strategies of the organisation Policy expert • using policy knowledge to have credibility with officials, helping to constructively challenge policy colleagues, helping them to understand the communications implications of policy proposals. Additional Comments Press Office experience within the public sector is vital for this role




Classification of the contract

80000000 Education and training services

72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

98000000 Other community, social and personal services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Estimated length of contract: 60 Days


Who to contact

Contact name Sarah Prodywus

Organisation name Capita Resourcing

Address , SL6 1DP

Is outside UK No


Extension number:


How to apply

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