Digital content writer (Temp)

Digital content writer (Temporary)

Roman Road LDN

Social Streets is looking for a temporary Digital Content Writer to work on Roman Road LDN four days per week starting at the beginning of September for a minimum of six weeks.

Roman Road LDN is a high street magazine that celebrates local life in the Roman Road area of Tower Hamlets including Bow and Bethnal Green East. It is published by Social Streets, a not-for-profit digital media company pioneering hyper-local journalism as a way of increasing participation in the high street and local community life.


Responsibilities and duties

The Digital Content Writer will be creating daily content for the website and social media platforms:

  • Write daily features for the website ranging from interviews, news, reviews to roundups
  • Repurpose and refresh evergreen and cornerstone content
  • Organise bi monthly competitions
  • Source unique photographic content for the website
  • Create fun and friendly social content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that engages people and drives traffic to the website
  • Manage the community across social platforms, including moderating comments
  • Write weekly newsletter featuring the week's content
  • Oversee production and quality control of the website, applying best practice onpage SEO


Skills required

  • Write engaging copy at speed and under pressure - you'll be able to respond in a timely way to happenings and opportunities
  • Have an eye for visuals - you'll be able to create beautiful and inspiring images for social platforms such as Instagram.
  • Understand and enjoy SEO from metadata to hashtags - there's a little bit of geek in you.
  • Have great people skills - you will be able to engage and charm the person on the street as well as celebrity bloggers.
  • A passion for community - you will be able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.


System knowledge

  • Macs
  • WordPress
  • Google Drive
  • Google Analytics
  • Tweet Deck / Hootsuite
  • Photography for Instagram
  • Photoshop
  • Mailchimp


Social Streets

Social Streets is a digital publishing company with a social mission: to increase participation in local community and high streets.

We grow brands, create digital content and develop digital media strategies for places: towns, high streets, neighbourhoods, communities, even postcodes.

Social Streets is dedicated to developing community and hyperlocal journalism to help build stronger communities and support local economy. That is why our workplace is a centre of innovation and learning, attracting partnerships with universities and social enterprises, and helping us to be efficient, creative, innovative, agile and long term.

We work in partnership with place makers, town teams, community development organisations, local authorities, large scale developers, business improvement districts and neighbourhood forums to help them build an active community around their place.


Make a difference

This is an opportunity to use your skills to help have a positive impact on local community life. You will be helping to develop networks, celebrate local heritage and culture, interview local heroes, promote local businesses and the local economy, provide opportunities and skills to local people, and a create a sense of civic pride and belonging for the whole community.

You will also have the opportunity to be mentored by founder Tabitha Stapely. Stapely has extensive experience and networks in the world of magazine publishing, social enterprise, and local authority. Stapely was previously Digital Director at Elle magazine; is currently CEO of community development organisation Roman Road Trust; won a place at Cambridge Social Ventures incubator for Social Streets; is an RSA Fellow and has been invited to be a Fellow of Social Innovation at Cambridge University.


Experience, salary and working arrangements

This is an office-based role and you will be working from the Social Streets Studio at Mulberry UTC in Bow, East London.

Hours are expected to be 37 hours a week, 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday.

This is a temporary position while we recruit for a new Editorial Assistant/Editor role.

Pay is £10 to £20 per hour based on experience.

Ideally we are looking for someone with experience of online magazine journalism, copywriting or content marketing.

Application process

Email with

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter explaining why community and hyper local journalism matters in our society