Rapid Media is the world’s leading paddlesports media company. We produce Paddling Magazine, including our annual 300+ page Paddling Buyer’s Guide and special 200+ page Paddling Trip Guide travel issue. We also produce Kayak Angler, the world’s leading kayak fishing magazine. Both our Paddling Magazine and Kayak Angler brands have significant digital assets including industry-leading websites, flipbook and app editions and the world’s most sophisticated online buyer’s guides. In our spare time, Rapid Media produces the international Paddling Film Festival and World Tour now touring to over 130 cities. Over the last 20 years we’ve worked hard to become North America’s most trusted paddlesports authority.
The Job — Digital Content Writer/Editor
As the Paddling Magazine digital content writer/editor, you will be responsible for producing and optimizing online editorial content our readers want and enjoy, extending our reach and creating more loyal fans who turn to Paddling Magazine for every gear purchase and travel decision they make.
Responsibilities include researching, planning, coordinating, assigning, writing, editing and publishing while meeting deadlines and following guidelines. The goal is to provide exceptional, essential, engaging, informative, honest and credible stories, news and reviews paddlers need to read.
You’ll collaborate and coordinate with the existing editorial and marketing teams to develop efficient and synergistic plans to maximize value and reach.
Expect to work in a variety of digital publishing and distribution platforms as well as with photography, video and social media.
You should have an understanding and voice of authority when writing about paddling —including whitewater, canoeing, kayak touring and standup paddleboarding—and the paddling industry. Our readers are paddling enthusiasts. You don’t work at Car & Driver because you own a minivan; you must be a car nut. You get the idea.
The position is in-house, full-time and year-round. Think…this is a real job!
- Proven experience as a contributing writer, editor and digital content creator, ideally with a focus on product news and reviews
- Marketing experience with social media platforms, inbound and SEO
- Hands-on experiences with a range of paddlesports products, including boats and gear
- Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills with an excellent portfolio
- Planning skills and ability to oversee projects from concept through finished layouts and production
- Ability to manage multiple overlapping deadlines
- Thrive on researching and telling stories important to paddlers
- Clever wit and marketing savvy for punchy, effective headlines
- Education in journalism, professional writing, marketing, publishing and/or digital media
- Strong desire to live outside the city and an aversion to shopping malls
- Willing to travel a few times a year to tradeshows, client meetings and editorial assignments, i.e. destination stories and gear testing
We believe the right candidate will know the skills and experience he or she will need to excel at all this.
Salary to commensurate with experience, of course.
We are located in Palmer Rapids, which is a small rural community with a big heart. Our office is on the river-right bank of the Madawaska River, five minutes downstream from class II-III+ Palmer Rapids, less than an hour from the mighty Ottawa River, and right in the middle between Algonquin Park and Calabogie Peaks ski resort. We paddle, ride bikes and ski regularly and go swimming from the dock at lunchtime.
This job is based in the Ottawa Valley Palmer Rapids office. Alternative longer-term (think a couple years of in-house time first) arrangements may be made after you become familiar with the business and our systems. But we think you’ll like it here and want to stay and play. We are only two hours to Ottawa, and three hours to Toronto.
The Rapid Media team consists of a publisher, director of marketing, director of sales, advertising and sponsorship coordinator, two magazine editors, graphic designer and production coordinator, film festival tour coordinator, some digital dude named Alex and our finance and circulation managers. Most of us wear flip-flops every day and have never been caught wearing ties at our desks. Creep us on our Team Page.
This is not a telecommuting position; only candidates who can work at the riverside Palmer Rapids office or truly have all the above skills and abilities will be considered. Sound like the perfect combination of work and play? Send your CV to [email protected]. Please include a nice letter with a little about you and why you’ll be an awesome fit for this position and on our team.
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