Apply to become a Backbench Editor

11 Dec 2018


We are looking for two 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, ITV News, the Press Association, The Telegraph, the Evening Standard and the New Statesman.


With the country leaving the EU (or not) in March, and a Russian President determined to put his stamp on the world order, there has never been a more exciting time to join the site. 


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.


We offer a flexible working arrangement, with a reduced workload during exam periods. The roles will involve approximately 3-4 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. If you have a busy schedule and are unsure whether you would be able to balance an editorial role with your current work/studies, we advise that you do not apply. We are looking for individuals who are committed to the site and will treat their role professionally. 


Please note that all the roles are unpaid – Backbench is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. However, we have recently launched a Patreon account, so we are aiming to give our editorial team some financial compensation next year.


We have two roles up for grabs:


1. General Editor


You will be asked to edit and publish articles from our commentators, and contribute to occasional editorial articles. 


2. Reports Editor


You will be responsible for maintaining content on our Reports section – writing regular explainers and analysis pieces on UK and international affairs.



For each of these roles, the ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • A good working knowledge of UK and international 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.


Please apply for an individual role by sending your CV and a cover letter (no more than 500 words), explaining why you are a suitable candidate for the position 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.


You can apply for more than one position, but please ensure you tailor each application to the specific role.


Send your application with the subject line: '[Name]: [Role] Editor Application' to Backbench Deputy Director Beth Fisher: Applications close on 3rd January.


The editors will take up their roles in mid-January.


Good luck!

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