(Leeds+ and Story+)
Location: Greek Street, Leeds
Employment Type: Full Time
Story+ is a first of its kind media company. We operate a major social-native editorial brand that reaches millions of people every month, whilst also serving clients as a digital storytelling agency - providing them with thumb-stoppingly good video to reach audiences of their own.
We’re a small team of multi-skilled video storytellers - creatives, videographers and journalists helping regional and national brands do social video better, whilst building our own 125,000 follower-strong news platform (Leeds+) at the same time.
From strategy support through to stand-out video campaigns, our team pushes the boundaries of digital content creation every time. That’s what we want from you; someone with a real eye for detail and a ‘no limits approach’ to your craft. You’ll have a depth of experience commanding shoots and know everything that’s needed to bring a story to life through video - from good planning right through to the final edit.
The same team that completes projects for clients also works on Leeds+, the city’s social-first news platform reaching more than 3 million people a month on platforms like TikTok and Facebook. You’ll produce content for these channels too, documenting the best of what's happening in our city through compelling short-form video - you’ll be shooting a new restaurant opening one day, and covering Leeds Festival live the next!
When applying, be sure to include a link to your CV and a cover note outlining:
- What you think of Story+ and Leeds+
- Why you're perfect for this role at Story+
- Links to examples of your work, and what makes them relevant to this opportunity
We believe that diversity is important in bringing value to our audiences, partners and our team. Therefore we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply, irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Our story began with the launch of Leeds+ towards the end of 2020, mid-lockdown and with the world at a standstill. In the time since, our small team of experienced digital storytellers have reached millions on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, producing engaging native social video features on all things Leeds. We’re here to explore key local issues, putting people at the heart of every story as well as celebrating the great food, drink and events that make our city the place it is.
But it doesn’t stop there. Under the wider Story+ brand we help businesses tell their own story too - working with clients to engage, market to and build loyal audiences on social media. Whether it's in these partnerships with brands up and down the country, or in the ways we engage Leeds+ audiences cross-platform, we always 'shoot for social', knowing how best to stop thumbs scrolling and stand out from the noise. We’re an expanding team working in the heart of Leeds city centre with a studio and live production facility at our disposal, and for the second time in the last year - we’re again looking to expand the team.
We’re looking for someone who can strengthen our video storytelling capacity, well versed in video production at all stages and an expert in crafting a narrative. You’ll be a competent self-shooter, with experience filming on broadcast quality camera equipment, but also not be afraid to get your hands dirty with lightweight mobile filming kits. You’ll be an advanced user of the Adobe Creative Cloud, especially Premiere Pro.
We want someone to help us build on the momentum behind our growing social media channels, and take on commercial video projects too - working seamlessly with partners to achieve their goals.
What You'll Get
+ Full-time staff position with 25 days holiday.
+ In-house and external training in specialist social video production, live production and more!
+ A welcoming, vibrant office environment on Greek Street in Leeds city centre - with collaborative work areas, a dedicated edit room, sunny roof terrace and plenty of perks.
+ Flexible shift pattern and rota with some weekend work required.
+ Access to our TV and podcast studio facility and live streaming kits, with training.
+ The chance to work as part of a fun, forward-thinking team that is truly innovating in a super exciting part of the media industry!
+ To shoot and edit high quality short and long-form video primarily for social media.
+ Working heavily on commercial video projects.
+ Helping to plan video shoots for Story+ clients.
+ Self-shooting and producing on location, and managing all content requirements.
+ Highly competent in post-production too - bringing compelling narratives together in the edit, and designing graphics where appropriate to bring the pictures to life.
+ Liaising directly with clients during the entire production process.
+ Working to tight deadlines, sometimes shooting and editing stories for publication on the same day.
+ Helping to source, research and plan engaging content for the Leeds+ editorial platforms that aligns with our ‘Backing Leeds’ ethos.
+ Embracing the Leeds+ way of telling stories, and helping to develop new techniques too, using the most advanced digital tools available.
+ Assisting with live and other special productions - including from our TV/podcast studio facility.
The Ideal Candidate
+ An experienced videographer with an impressive portfolio of fully self-produced work.
+ Experienced in all aspects of video production, from planning right through to delivery/publication.
+ A natural storyteller - able to understand what might be appealing to audiences and craft narratives in an informative and engaging way.
+ Has worked directly with commercial clients, recommending creative approaches and producing content against a detailed brief.
+ Experience shooting specifically for social media platforms with a strong knowledge of how to engage social audiences.
+ Accomplished user of Adobe Premiere Pro and a good knowledge of Adobe After Effects and the rest of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.
+ Excellent communication and writing skills.