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Monday, 28 April 2014

Our day out filming with the CLA

CLA and the Politics.co.uk team bravely faced down the elements to film this HS2 video so we hope you appreciate our blood, sweat and toil as you watch it.

 The looming grey clouds did leave us a little apprehensive over how our footage would turn out. Our camera crew managed to grab a few lovely shots of bright yellow crops, before being predictably drenched, and having to take shelter in one of Robert Davies’ barns.

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the barn proved to be an ideal focal point for the first shots of Mr Davies. Our on-location journalist interviewed the veteran farmer as he talked earnestly about the impact of the HS2 project on his land.

“The burden of past generations is on our shoulders,” he said, solemnly. “We aren’t able to do for our children, what our parents did for us: pass something on.”


 Henry Robinson, the CLA’s chief executive, took a turn around the farm and its surrounding land with Mr Davies, and discussed what the CLA is doing to help.

After a pause to wolf down a sandwich in the local pub, we were back on the road again, and on to our next location: Robert Moulton’s Bucks Head Farm.

Mr Moulton did a little practice run through to get warmed up (not to mention dried out) and then we talked to him about the impact on his land, his savings, and his family. “We will have to re-house my mother,” he explained.

Henry Robinson spoke about how he is working to support his members, and, despite being a farmer by trade, took to being in front of the camera like an old pro.

The final footage can be seen here, in all its rainy glory. Let us know what you think below!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

We're hiring! Business Development vacancy

If you have a passion for politics and work in business development, then Politics.co.uk has just the role for you. 

VoiceOver is our digital content service for public affairs professionals, designed to provide engaging content for communicating with stakeholders in the digital space. 


Politics.co.uk is seeking a driven business development professional to join our commercial team and help to grow this part of the business.


The role

Reporting to Politics.co.uk’s Managing Director, your role is to generate new business through the sale of VoiceOver services over the phone and through face-face meetings.

The role involves:

Booking and attending meetings with prospects
Generating leads through attendance at relevant conferences (including political party conferences) and events.
Negotiating and closing deals 

Skills, Knowledge and experience:


Essential: 

Graduates with a 2:2 degree or higher in any discipline
Demonstrable track record of driving revenue growth, consistently hitting sales figures and selling new and multiple products.
Strong literacy and numeracy skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent negotiation skills 
Strong time management and analytical skills 
IT literate
Self motivated, self assured and a strong desire to succeed

Desirable:

One year B2B full-cycle sales experience
An avid interest in politics 

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to nathan.coyne@politics.co.uk

Monday, 16 September 2013

A more user-friendly Politics.co.uk

We have today put live the first in a series of changes to Politics.co.uk designed to make it a more user-friendly website, whatever device you are viewing it on.


While users of the website on a laptop or desktop computer will notice some cosmetic changes, such as larger font and images, it is users of tablets and mobile phones that will notice the biggest difference.


Gone is the separate mobile website (m.politics.co.uk will shortly be switched off), users of mobile phones can now enjoy all the content available to those viewing Politics.co.uk on a desktop but in a format that should be as easy to consume as the old mobile site. There will be a short transition period where some of the site won't be mobile friendly, but we'll have this sorted within a week or so, so please bear with us in the meantime.


Tablet users will also notice a big difference, with a responsive design which changes depending on whether you are viewing it in portrait or landscape. It should be easier to navigate with a font size optimised for tablet use rather than the old desktop version which wasn’t particularly user friendly for those with larger fingers.


And it’s not just on the surface that changes have been made. A lot of work has gone into reducing page load times, which is great news for desktop and tablet users, and particularly for mobile users relying on a mobile signal to read the website.


Overall, the design has been cleaned and simplified with an emphasis on making it a more enjoyable visual experience, easier to read and easier to find the latest content and related content.


The job is far from complete. There are still a number of pages that we need to adapt to the new style. But given the clear usability enhancements, we felt it was important to get the new design pushed out as soon as possible.


We would love to hear what you think about the changes we have made and whether you feel the user experience has been improved. We will be keeping a close eye on how the changes are performing and will look to respond to feedback and analyses of user behaviour.  

Please comment below, or tweet us at @politics_co_uk. It would be great to hear from you.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

VIDEO from Voice the Union: Why is our union different?

Voice: Why is our union different?

 Voice the Union is the latest organisation to use online video to communicate their message and identity. 

The video, directed, filmed and produced by Politics.co.uk's VoiceOver, features general secretary Deborah Lawson and Voice members, as they discuss exactly why Voice is different from other unions aimed at education professionals.

Lawson begins by talking about Voice’s proud status as a non-striking union. Voice stresses that while they respect the rights and choices of those who do take industrial action, they prefer the power of negotiation, because, they argue, they don’t want their fight for working conditions and other rights to be at the expense of the children they educate or care for.

WATCH the video:

 

Voice also prides itself on the "personal touch" they bring to the table when supporting their many members.

Whether people need help defending themselves from accusations of wrongdoing, whether they need basic information, or whether they just need someone to support them as they stand up for themselves, the relevance of the union’s core values are shown brilliantly in this video.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Wanted: Part-time political journalist

With over 150,000 visitors a month, Politics.co.uk is one of the UK's leading political websites. Our team of journalists produce their stories from deep within the corridors of power in Westminster, where they were the first digital journalists to gain access to the lobby.

We're an impartial political website with no political affiliation, which prides itself on standing out as an independent voice in a landscape where the norm is to nail your colours to the mast. 

An opportunity has come up for a part time member of staff to join the editorial team.

Responsibilities include: Writing copy, diary planning, commissioning comment pieces, tracking social media trends, administrative tasks, acting as an ambassador for Politics.co.uk at events and occasional media appearances.

The job will be 20 hours a week on a flexible, shift based system. Pay will be competitive.

You must be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to attract traffic through SEO, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and others with vibrant coverage of the day's events.
  • The ability to produce authoritative, concise, entertaining copy under severe time restraints
  • An excellent grasp of social media, Google and the blogosphere.
  • An authoritative understanding of British politics.
  • A bursting contacts book.
To apply please send a CV, covering letter and examples of your work to ian.dunt@politics.co.uk

Monday, 29 April 2013

VoiceOver's day of filming with Child Poverty Action Group


Heading out for our day of filming with VoiceOver competition winner Child Poverty Action group, it was obvious to us right away that our first big worry – the weather – was not going to be a problem. With everything around us warm and sunny, we were definitely off to a good start.

Arriving at the house of our first interviewee, Paul Duggan, we started to set up the cameras for the first shoot. Tim Nichols from CPAG had brought a long a camera of his own, so he joined our own cameraman Carl Fox in getting setting up for the shoot.

Tim Nichols and Carl Fox setting up camera

Tim had a chat with Paul, to make sure he felt comfortable in front of the cameras, and then we launched into our first interview of the day (with Paul, quite the pro, stopping only to unload the washing machine, and make us some tea).

Paul Duggan interview


Sadly his son wasn’t quite as camera-friendly as his dad, and by the time we were ready to film little Duggan Junior, he was sleeping peacefully with his mum on the sofa. But no matter, we carried on back to London to meet our next interviewee,  Jack Monroe.

Jack Monroe is actually already something of a known entity, mainly because of the success of her blog, Girl Called Jack. Our interview with her was to take place in the local park, making great use of the fortunate sunshine. Jack was very candid in her interview, and was, impressively, not put off by the two rolling cameras in her face, the constant clicking as I ran around taking photos of her being filmed from all angles, with two different devices at once, or the screaming teenage girls on the swings right behind her. A career in the world of video may await her.

Emily Cruz, Carl Fox, and Tim Nichols, and Jack Monroe
We had time for a quick coffee, to discuss our hopes for the final cut, and its promotion, then back at CPAG’s offices, we filmed a few shots of their excellent in-house resources.

CPAG resources 
Our third and final interviewee was with Maureen Arthur, and her amazingly cool-as-a-cucumber teenage daughter. We headed off to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to film Maureen’s segment of the video which focused on cuts to legal services, and how this was impacting upon her life – and her daughter’s life in caring for her.

Carl Fox, Emily Cruz, Tim Nichols, and Maureen Arthur
By the time we were ready to pack up we had heaps of excellent footage for the final cut, and all our creative juices for the presentation of them were in full flow. So, back to our respective offices we traipse, sleeves rolled up to get to work on making this shiny-new campaign video a success, and, of course, making sure that you – yes, you! – get to see the results of our collective labours as soon as possible. Watch this space!



Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Business Development Vacancy - Politics.co.uk

If you have a passion for politics and work in business development, then Politics.co.uk has just the role for you. 

VoiceOver is our new public affairs video tool, which uses online video to facilitate the communication of an organisation's policy messages to MPs and policymakers. 


Politics.co.uk is seeking a driven business development professional to spearhead sales of this new product.


The role

Reporting to Politics.co.uk’s Managing Director, your role is to generate new business through the sale of VoiceOver subscriptions over the phone and through face-face meetings.

The role involves:

Booking and attending meetings with prospects
Generating leads through attendance at relevant conferences (including political party conferences) and events.
Negotiating and closing deals 

Skills, Knowledge and experience:


Essential: 

Graduates with a 2:1 degree or higher in any discipline
Demonstrable track record of driving revenue growth, consistently hitting sales figures and selling new and multiple products.
Strong literacy and numeracy skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent negotiation skills 
Strong time management and analytical skills 
IT literate
Self motivated, self assured and a strong desire to succeed

Desirable:

Two years B2B full-cycle sales experience
An avid interest in politics 

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to nathan.coyne@politics.co.uk