ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Openings at the EPW (Digital)

The Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) is seeking to hire dynamic candidates for its digital team. EPW is in the process of revamping its digital presence using innovative formats to communicate research and academic content and aims to utilise its vast archives to drive public debate, discourse, and engagement.  

Please take a look at the positions open below. 

Digital Strategy Editor  

The Digital Strategy Editor will be involved in all matters pertaining to the EPW website and will take key decisions about innovating editorial content. The position involves working closely with the Digital Editor and liaising with subject experts, the design team, as well as the technology and business teams. 

Requirements

  • A master’s degree in social sciences or media management from a reputed institution
  • At least five years’ experience in a digital news outlet, with previous roles reflecting experience in project management and coordination between editorial and business teams
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to transform academic expertise and research skills into communication with a digital audience
  • Experience with online publishing, SEO, SMM, digital marketing and strategy 
  • Domain knowledge and a working knowledge of Google Analytics and website structuring

Digital Assistant Editor

The Digital Assistant Editor will be responsible for curating EPW’s archival content to provide insights into current debates. They will also be responsible for commissioning articles and special features, as well as reviewing and editing articles and other content. 

Requirements

  • A master's degree in the humanities or social sciences
  • At least three years’ experience in web publishing, including editing, reviewing and commissioning
  • Ability to transform academic expertise into accessible content
  • Ability to communicate complex research to a digital audience 
  • Interest in current affairs and a demonstrated ability to ideate fresh editorial content
  • Strong editing and reviewing skills 
  • Familiarity with current practices in data visualisation and interactive media

Digital Editorial Assistant 

The Digital Editorial Assistant will be involved in digital content production for the EPW website. They will primarily be responsible for curating and creating content relevant to the current news cycle. They will also be responsible for monitoring and enhancing EPW’s social media presence. 

Requirements

  • A master's degree or equivalent in the humanities, social sciences, journalism, or allied subjects
  • At least one year's experience in online publishing, digital media or news outlets 
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and experience in tracking audience analytics, ad boosting, promotions, and metrics 
  • High degree of comfort with using technology and willingness to adapt to new software and platforms 

Digital Research Associate 

The Digital Research Associate will be involved in digital content production for the EPW website. They will support the Digital Editorial Assistant in curating accessible reading lists using the EPW’s archives to provide insights into the current news cycle. They will assist in the production of timely debate kits. Additionally, they will work on maintaining and building the organisation’s social media presence. Freshers are welcome to apply. 

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in the humanities, social sciences, or allied disciplines
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of social media platforms
  • Experience in tracking audience analytics, ad boosting, promotions and metrics is preferred
  • Comfort with using tech and willingness to adapt to new software and platforms is a must

Product Manager 

The Product Manager will oversee EPW’s digital transition and presence. The role is critical to building a subscriber base, driving engagement, and increasing revenue across print and digital modes. They will work closely with members of the editorial team (journal and digital), the advertisements and circulation departments, and perform other cross functional roles across the organisation. 

Responsibilities

  • Define, manage and implement the product roadmap
  • Identify, define, and deliver product innovation and development, with particular emphasis on organisation-defined priorities of engagement and reach in collaboration with our editorial, design, and sales teams
  • Manage the end-to-end creation of new products and continue supporting them over the course of their lifecycle
  • Evangelise the brand roadmap internally, ensuring it represents the requirements of key stakeholders across editorial, circulation, and sales teams
  • Manage the product backlog and bugs
  • Make use of data to drive decision-making and the identification of future opportunities

Experience

  • A postgraduate degree in Business Administration or equivalent from a reputed institution
  • At least three years’ experience in a similar role in a media organisation 
  • End-to-end product management experience in the media industry
  • Background in global media and product management with an understanding of academic publications
  • A solid understanding of delivering products and services across desktop and mobile platforms is a prerequisite
  • Experience using data and forecasting to build business cases, analyse performance and drive decision-making
  • Experience with online analytics products and data tracking
  • Strong interpersonal skills, along with an ability to build compelling cases for change
  • Experience in using project management tools, as well as  project delivery software and ticketing systems
  • Knowledge of SEO, SMM, and Engagement and Audience Measurement systems is a must

Business Manager 

The Business Manager will look after EPW’s digital operations. The candidate is expected to design business models to address the wider digital publishing community. They will define key metrics to monitor and measure the effectiveness of features and functions of EPW's digital publishing platform. They will work closely with the Digital Editor and Product Manager to develop distribution strategies for content. They will also collect and analyse information on audiences, subscriptions, and sales, and monitor website traffic. They will write product specifications, backlogs, and build on functional requirements. They will also actively seek and identify new business opportunities and partnerships towards increasing digital revenues. 

Requirements

  • A postgraduate degree in Business Administration or equivalent from a reputed institution. In lieu of either, work experience in similar roles will be considered. 
  • At least 3+ years' experience in digital product management
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics and Google Suite
  • Domain knowledge, including core web technologies, and the ability to effectively participate in discussions
  • Experience in academic publishing or media 

Digital Fellowship

The Digital Fellowship is an opportunity for young scholars to experience innovative practices in research and communications in the digital media space. 

EPW invites applications from candidates with an interest in exploring digital media, research communication, social media for change, and academic writing. The fellows will be involved in:

  • Working with the digital editorial team to support ideation and execution of products for the web
  • Supporting the organisation’s social media presence
  • Organising the EPW archives through digital curation projects

Fellows will be paid a fixed stipend during the course of the fellowship and will receive a certificate of experience on completion. 

The fellowship duration is flexible depending on the candidate’s availability. We expect a minimum commitment of 3 months to ensure a productive engagement for both the candidate and the organisation. The maximum duration of the fellowship can be 10 months. Candidates are urged to specify their availability in the cover letter of their application.

Freshers from both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are welcome to apply. 


Graphic Designer 

The Graphic Designer will work with the digital editorial team to break down the components of EPW articles, design, recreate and redesign them for a digital audience. They will be responsible for designing UI, UX changes for the website and to provide support for social media campaigns. 

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in design or a related field with at least three years experience or a postgraduate degree with a year of similar work experience
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite
  • Ability to conceptualise templates and layouts for infographics
  • Deep understanding of user experience and digital design
  • Familiar with current practices of interactive and visual media including knowledge of using softwares like Tableau
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS and D3 is a plus 

How to apply

The last date for receipt of applications for all positions listed above is  31 May 2019.

All applications must be emailed to appointments@epw.in with the subject line: [EPW Digital 2019 - Position you’re applying for]

The application dossier must include:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in and specific plans for EPW's web presence
  • An updated CV, including the names of two academic/professional references. (Kindly do not send reference letters at this point. We will contact the referees, as necessary.)
  • One writing sample (for the Digital Fellowship programme only)

Please note that incomplete applications or applications that are not sent in the prescribed format will not be processed. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The interview for the shortlisted candidates will be conducted either through Skype and/or in person in Mumbai. 

The selected candidate would be required to work out of our Mumbai office at the earliest. Work experience may influence remuneration.

We give preference to candidates from marginalised backgrounds who meet our requirements. 

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