Apply to become a Backbench Editor

27 Feb 2016


We are looking for four new editors to start work in June 2016.


These editors will take over permanently from our editor, Sam Bright, and the current editorial team. They will be tasked with managing all editorial duties.


If you wish to submit an application, please do so by 22:00 Sunday 3rd April 2016.


Email your application to Please include:


  • A cover letter, explaining why you are a suitable candidate, based on the responsibilities and requirements detailed below.

  • A comment article (maximum 500 words) on any aspect of British politics.

  • A statement (maximum 600 words), proposing three ways that Backbench could be improved (its design, use of social media, features, content etc.)


Backbench is the leading political blog for young people in the UK. The site has published over 1,000 articles and was awarded the 2015 Philip Geddes Award for Journalism from Oxford University. 


This is an ideal opportunity for young, aspiring journalists who seek to gain experience and learn how to run a media organisation.




  • Editing and publishing articles.

  • Marketing articles via social media (Twitter and Facebook).

  • Writing articles for the Westminster HUB.

  • Maintaining the site's social media presence.

  • Helping to formulate the website’s future content strategy.

  • Building our network of writers.



  • A good standard of writing.

  • A demonstrable knowledge of UK politics.

  • Good proofreading skills.

  • A passion for journalism.

  • A demonstrable knowledge of social media (particularly Twitter).



  • Writing or editing experience for a blog or political website.

  • Experience building or maintaining a website (a personal blog, for example).

  • A pre-existing understanding of Backbench and its work.

  • A demonstrable knowledge of international politics.


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