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Apple prepares for launch of News app as it hunts for Sydney-based news editor

Apple NewsTech giant Apple is on the hunt for a news editor with the successful applicant being tasked with curating featured content, topics and channels in the News App.

The app was announced in June and is set to launch this spring, aiming to encourage publishers to distribute content directly on Apple’s apps which launched to compete with Facebook’s Instant Articles.

The free newsreader allows publishers to integrate their stories directly into a native iOS app and has a Flipboard-like interface that allows stories to be formatted to look and feel like articles taken from publishers’ websites while still living inside Apple’s app. Apple is advertising the editor role across LinkedIn and at the time of publication had seen 37 applications lodged via the networking platform.

According to the job description “critical” to this position “is the ability to track local trends and breaking news, while maintaining up-to-the-minute knowledge of the landscape; the biggest publishers and the most contemporary indie bloggers”.

The role, which is described as a “curatorial role”, reports to the head of news in AU/NZ .

Apple News publisherThe Apple News Publisher site is in beta mode for interested publishers. Currently publishers are only able to add their RSS feeds to the news app.

Meanwhile, The Guardian is seeking an editor for its creative and commercial team Guardian Labs (GLabs) which works with brands “to create new and innovative partnerships, products and communities that build, grow and extend audience reach and engagement”.

The GLabs editor, which is a newly created role, will act as the main point of contact for all GLabs content and work with external clients and agencies and key internal stakeholders on the publishing company’s native advertising efforts.

Miranda Ward

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