Apply to become a Backbench Assistant Editor

5 Aug 2015


It is with a great deal of sadness that we must today announce the departure of our colleague Alex Shilling from the Backbench editorial team. Alex began writing for Backbench two and a half years ago and has since held the positions of Lead Writer, Sub-Editor and, most recently, Assistant Editor. Needless to say, Alex has made a hugely valuable contribution to Backbench and the world of youth journalism. His input will be sorely missed.


We are thus searching for a successor to assume the responsibilities of Backbench Assistant Editor.


Applications are now open for this position. The closing date will be Sunday 30th August.


You do not need experience as a Backbench Commentator to apply for the role.


Full details can be found below:





  • Writing impartial analysis articles for our Westminster HUB department.

  • Contributing to our Westminster HUB Twitter content.

  • Organising and participating in interviews with senior politicians.





  • Candidates must demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of UK politics.

  • Candidates must demonstrate an active interest in political journalism and an aptitude for writing.

  • Candidates must demonstrate their ability to use social media proficiently.



Application Process


  • Submit a 400-800 word cover letter explaining why you would be a suitable candidate (in relation to the above requirements).

  • Submit two sample articles, already published online, which comment on UK politics.



Please submit your application to before 31st August, using the subject-line ‘Assistant Editor Application’.


Good luck.



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