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Media Officer (6-month contract)

A leading UK trade union in the healthcare sector are looking for a Media Officer on a 6-month contract, paying c.£50,000 inclusive of a press rota allowance.

The role holder will sit within the Media Relations team, supporting them in providing a timely, high-quality and professional media service, to ensure that the organisation is represented in the media on key aspects of health policy and issues concerning the medical profession.

This is an exciting time to join an organisation at the forefront of the national media. The role would suit someone tenacious and collaborative, with a solid background in media relations who wants to continue to develop within their career.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide media and public relations advice and support to senior managers and departments, including developing and delivering media plans.

  • Provide specialist media and public relations input to specific projects to launch and/or promote the organisations benefits and services.

  • Write press releases and articles for publication, research and set up broadcast interviews and promote these to the media.

  • Assist the head of media and senior media officers with media activity including finding background information, setting up or supervising interviews or supporting on a specific story.

Person Specification:

  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent relevant professional experience.

  • Experience in media relations, PR - preferably in a national, or membership organisation

  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to draft material from often complex documents, for external publication and to suit a variety of audiences.

  • Good knowledge of the media and how it works, with some understanding of crisis communications and reputation management.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to negotiate with diplomacy and awareness of an organisations political agenda in terms of media relations and influence on others.

Due to a high volume of applicants, we are unable to respond to everyone. We will get in touch if you are successful in your application.


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