Apply to become a Backbench Editor

19 Jun 2017

We are looking for three new editors to join the Backbench editorial team.


Backbench is the leading current affairs blog for young writers in the UK, and the Backbench editorial team is a proven training ground for talented future journalists.


Previous members of the Backbench editorial team have gone on to work for the BBC, Sky News, the Press Association and the New Statesman.


Successful candidates will receive invaluable experience managing a team of writers, editing content, and contributing to immersive editorial articles.


With domestic politics in turmoil, and an unpredictable President shaking up the world order, there has never been a more exciting time to enter political journalism.


As part of the role of Backbench Editor, you will be expected to:

  • Edit, commission and publish articles from commentators

  • Contribute to the output of Backbench social media accounts

  • Cover elections and other moments of political upheaval

  • Contribute to editorial articles (including interviews and investigations)

  • Bring ideas for how Backbench can be developed in the future



The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • A good working knowledge of politics

  • An understanding of Backbench and its place in political journalism

  • A flair for writing and an inquisitive, journalistic mind


Prior experience of editing a blog is not required. We are looking for ambitious individuals who are keen to develop their skills and consolidate the success of Backbench.


To apply for one of these three positions, please send your CV and a 500-word cover letter (explaining why you are a suitable candidate) to Backbench Director Sam Bright: Please also send three examples of articles that you have written in the past (for Backbench or any other publication).


The deadline for applications is SUNDAY 23 JULY, 11:59pm.


The new editors will take up their roles in early August.



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