Apply to become Backbench Fake News Editor

9 Aug 2018


Want to write funny articles to distract us all from the apocalyptic nightmare of modern politics? Apply to become Backbench Fake News Editor


Our current Editor has been subpoenaed by the Mueller investigation or something, so we are now looking for someone to lead our Trump-baiting.


Backbench is the foremost 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.


This is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to go into the world of political journalism or satire.


This role 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 you will be able to work from anywhere. Please note that this role is unpaid – Backbench is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.


As Fake News Editor you will be expected to:

  • Write regular satirical articles

  • Expand the output of our Fake News social media accounts


The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • A good working knowledge of politics

  • An understanding of Backbench and its place in political journalism

  • A flair for satire


No prior experience of journalism or editing is needed to apply. We are looking for an ambitious individual who is keen to develop their skills.


To apply, please send 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 three headlines that you think would work well on our Fake News section (it's like the Daily Mash, just solely focusing on politics).


Send your application with the subject line: '[Name]: Fake News Application' to Backbench Deputy Director Beth Fisher: Applications close on 26 August.


The editor will take up their role in early September.

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