Apply to become a Backbench Editor

16 Jun 2018


We are looking for several 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, The Telegraph, and New Statesman.


Successful candidates will receive invaluable experience managing a team of writers, editing content, and contributing to editorial articles. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to go into the world of political journalism.


With the country due to leave the EU next year, and a volatile President attempting to shake up the world order, there has never been a more exciting time to join the site.


Not all the roles will be exactly the same - we are looking for editors to manage our daily blog content, and an editor to be in charge of our reports section. Successful applicants will be assigned to the roles we think will suit them best, though preferences will be taken into account.


We also have an Editor-in-Chief role up for grabs. This individual will lead our editorial work and will manage other members of the team. All applications will be considered for the role of Editor-in-Chief.


The roles will involve approximately 2-4 hours of work per week, with our busiest periods during school/university holidays. All our work is done online, so editors can work from anywhere. Please note that all the roles are unpaid – Backbench is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.


As part of the editorial team 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


No prior experience of journalism or editing is needed to apply. We are looking for ambitious individuals who are keen to develop their skills and consolidate the success of Backbench.


To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter (no more than 500 words), explaining why you are a suitable candidate and what you can bring to the site. Please also send two examples of articles that you have written. These can be old or new, and published anywhere.


Send your application with the subject line: '[Name]: Editorial Application' to Backbench Deputy Director Beth Fisher: Applications close on 15 July.


The editors will take up their roles in late July.


Good luck!


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