Apply to become a Backbench Editor

17 Aug 2016

We are looking for a new Westminster Hub editor to start work from late September. 


If you are interested, please submit an application to by 10pm Sunday 18th September 2016.



  • Manage Westminster HUB social media.

  • Contribute Backbench social media posts.

  • Manage our Westminster HUB content (will include commissioning articles from editorial team and leading the writing process).

  • Publish Westminster HUB content.

  • Write Backbench HQ articles when necessary.

  • Post on the Backbench Network.

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

  • Help boost outreach.




  • 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.



Your application should include:

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

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

  • A statement (maximum 600 words), proposing three ways that Backbench, and in particular Westminster Hub, 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.

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