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Press Officer

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    Professional Services

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    Up to £310 per day

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    Eszter Katona

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    about 1 month ago

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Press Officer- Met Office

Are you self motivated and looking to join an exciting, busy and energetic Press Office that is involved in the key activities of an organisation that is never far from the public eye?

If your answer is yes, then this role at the Met Office might be for you.
Working in small press office and social media team, your role as Press Officer will be to ensure that the Met Office's reputation is protected and enhanced through building and maintaining a proactive and reactive relationship with the media. You will use a broad range of communications channels that include broadcast, print, online, video and social media to ensure the public have access to Met Office authoritative science, forecasts and warnings. You will work closely with the campaign team to deliver PR for campaigns also.

This role would suit an ambitious, creative person looking to develop their communications skills further. We are particularly looking for a committed team player who would thrive given the opportunity to be on the front line of a world leading science organisation.
The Press Officer sits within the Marketing and Communications function within the Corporate Services Directorate. The role sits within the Media and Campaigns Team, under the Head of Media and Campaigns.

The Press Officer supports the day to day press office function around weather, climate and proactive services and has a key role in promoting, protecting and enhancing the Met Office brand and supporting delivery of the Marketing & Communications strategy across traditional and non-traditional media channels.

1. Deal with media enquiries in an appropriate, timely manner, including through the use of social media channels, to promote and protect the Met Office's reputation in line with the Marketing & Communications strategy and in collaboration with marketing and communications colleagues.
2. Contribute to production, coordination and implementation of proactive media relations plans, campaigns, narratives and messages in line with wider communications plans, working with colleagues and agencies as required to deliver campaigns and projects and ensure a consistent voice.
3. Draft lines to take, narratives, messages, media plans, press releases, Q&A, blogs and other written content, including for social media, in collaboration with appropriate colleagues ensuring that all Met Office communications are co-ordinated.
4. Use Met Office social media channels to promote open access to Met Office information and advice so people can make informed weather related decisions, including being a channel champion as appropriate
5. Help identify up-and-coming media and social media opportunities and threats ensuring that the Met Office is aware of and prepared for all key issues that may impact on the organisation and its reputation.
6. Create and develop meaningful internal and external contacts including agencies to cultivate beneficial relationships with the media and across the Met Office.
7. Work with colleagues to continuously improve the service provided to internal and external audiences.
8. Deliver media interviews in the press, on radio and occasionally on TV .
9. Provide out of hours support on a roster.
1. Meteorology training/experience
2. Experience of broadcasting on radio and/or TV.

3. An understanding of the core business of the Met Office.