Jobs and Opps at Blue Peter, SocialStreets, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Many, Many More 🪱
Plus, please, please apply for DBACE 2023!
There’s not much to say up at the top here this week. I was ill at the end of last week, so have spent the last two days frantically trying to catch up with the immovable deadlines around me. It’s currently 5.30pm. This whole newsletter is still looking decidedly unfinished and it’s giving me a bit of a headache. Frankly, I’d like to sack it all off and go to the pool. However, I do want to flag one particular opportunity first.
Applications to DBACE 2023 close in just over a week’s time. Funded by Deutsche Bank, they reward creative entrepreneurs who have business ideas that make a positive social impact. It can be anything. We’re a social enterprise that helps people progress in journalism. Other journalism-themed winners over the years include the incredible Black Ballad and Naked Politics, by the wonderful Banseka Kayembe. But you could also make watercolour paints out of leftover cosmetics or sell jewellery handmade by people experiencing homelessness.
If you have an idea, I cannot urge you enough to send it in — I know so many of the people reading this newsletter have amazing side projects and dreams. I would love to see you supported to make them happen — and I only found this competition through a wonderful friend (who also runs an indy mag shop here). So take this as your sign to give it a go. They also scrapped the age limit this year, so it’s open to everyone.
They have tonnes of advice on their site about how to write a good application (which I devoured last year) and you can also see our winning application and video. You can also compare it to our application the year before which didn’t get shortlisted so you can see the difference — mainly around being open to learning.
As well as getting up to £20,000 in funding for your project, you’ll also get a business mentor, in-kind support from DBACE, a supportive cohort, and escape days to help hone in on how to make your business happen. I can honestly say it’s been the most valuable thing I’ve ever done in my career, and the knock-on effects for Journo Resources have been immense. In short, please apply!
🚨 [EVENT] Managing Your Time Effectively As A Journalist
The wonderful Lateefah Jean-Baptiste returns next week with a rerun of her event on managing your time effectively. This was one of the best workshops we ran last year and I really can’t recommend it enough — whether you’re freelance, staff, or looking to run a side hustle, join us for tips and advice on getting your life together and avoiding overwhelm and burnout.
SWNS, an agency which provides stories to national newspapers and outlets across the globe, is looking for a digital writer to focus on finding stories through social media. It pays £23–30,000 and they specifically say they’re open to people just starting out.
SocialStreets is offering a three-month paid internship with their flagship title RomanRoad LDN. You’ll be paid £50 a day to learn about how to write stories, social media, and use Google Analytics.
BBC Sport is hiring six journalism researchers, on a variety of contracts. All of them will be working on engaging storytelling around some of the biggest sporting events of the year. It’s Band B, paying from £23,103.
There’s also a similar role as a China researcher, looking at stories from the country and supporting colleagues across the BBC. It also pays from £23,103pa.
🚨 Not long left to apply for the reporter role at The Henley Standard. They’re a small, independent team focused on their community in Oxfordshire. They’re paying £18,600–25,000pa plus overtime.
Swindon Advertiser is hiring a crime and court reporter to work with their true crime team and cover courts across the patch. Pays up to £25,000pa.
United Christian Broadcasters has an opening for a trainee broadcast journalist who will write for radio, online, and social media. It pays £22–23,000pa.
Manchester International Festival is looking for an editorial assistant to create fresh content for the Factory International website. It pays £23–25,000pa.
STV News has an opening for a production assistant who will work in the live gallery while the news is happening. You’ll be paid £20–30,000pa and manage running orders, scripts, and programme timings.
The Stoller Hall is looking for a digital marketing assistant who will work on social media content and website content. Pays £19,511pa.
🕑 🏡 The Canary which is now run as a worker’s co-op, is now looking for a part-time staff writer, who will focus on covering ant-Blackness and the issues facing Black working-class communities. Pays £12ph.
🚨 The Scottish Conservative Parliamentary Group needs a press officer to write comments, releases, and comments as needed. It’s based in Edinburgh and pays £26,717–31,800pa.
🚨 Today is the last day to apply for the senior reporter gig with Schools Week, who are paying £30–42,000pa for someone to focus on agenda-setting journalism.
Nursing Times has a vacancy for a senior reporter and claims they’re still actually based around Fleet Street, which is quite cool. Pays £28,000pa.
There are a bunch of senior journalist roles at the BBC open this week, across a couple of different areas. They’re all Band D, which pays £36,195–64,688. There’s one focusing on ‘text formats’, to try and tell news stories in new and interesting ways, another working for the Today Programme, and they also have an online sub-editor role via EXTEND, which is only open to disabled candidates.
Okay, this is the BBC too, but I couldn’t not include these two gigs with actual Blue Peter. There’s a vacancy for an assistant producer to help with short films that will go in the show and another working on forward planning and ideas. Both Band C, so £25,670–50,313pa. No word on a Blue Peter badge though.
Mortgage Strategy and Mortgage Finance Gazette are looking for a deputy group editor — so basically you’ll be looking after both titles, working across both print and digital. It pays £37,500 and you’ll only work two days a week in the office.
🚨 Last call for the roles at SHOW, all working on luxury lifestyle brands, which shut this week. There’s a social media manager gig that pays £36–42,000pa and a managing editor role that pays £42–45,000pa.
FoodBev Media is looking for a deputy editor for The Plant Base, who will work on daily news output. It pays £25–30,000pa.
And, finally, The Woodland Trust is looking for a digital content editor to write content used in various parts of the business. It pays up to £25,000pa.
SAGA is back again this week — do apply, we know subscribers have got jobs here! They’re looking for an editor to look after their home improvement content, writing and commissioning original and inventive DIY content. Pays £45,000pa.
Greenpeace needs an editor for their investigative journalism platform Unearthed. You’ll work on stories around environmental harm linked to fossil fuels and food systems. It pays £58,584–64,932pa.
NBC News Digital is looking for an experienced editor to join their team and curate their homepage, as well as distribute content to partners such as Apple News. It’s freelance, but full-time, paying £40–50,000pa.
Two editorial jobs at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism this week. Firstly, they’re looking for an editor for their Enablers team, which focuses on investigations about corruption and dirty money. Pays £50–55,000pa.
There’s also a second role open of global health editor. Again, this pays £50–55,000pa and it could cover anything from Big Tobacco to drug supply chains.
The World Wildlife Foundation is hiring for a senior media manager, with a focus on news, to work in their press team. Pays £40,739pa.
Skin Deep is now looking for pitches for their next print edition, on the theme of play. They’re looking for submissions from Black creatives across the world and they’re paying between £200–400.
VG247 is open for pitches on Mario for April, anything from weird dev tales to new angles on retro games. Pay starts at £120 a piece.
Insider is always on the lookout for pitches for their science section. Send them stories about things that will fascinate and educate their readers.
🚨 One day left to work as a content strategist for this role via a recruiter. It’s a three-month gig, working on the company intranet, paying up to £460 a day.
Index On Censorship is looking for both reported and comment pieces for their next issue, all centred around free expression.
A traceability tech platform based in Stockholm is looking for experienced freelance writers who can look at fashion traceability and sustainability. It pays £200 per blog post — get in touch with email@example.com.
Photomonitor has put out a call for pitches, and I’m not sure if I’m just tired, or it’s a very over-wordy thread? Either way, send them ideas about photography and they’ll pay you £100–200.
I’m not sure who this is for, but there’s an opp here for a London-based freelance music journalist to write a weekly column about nights out.
Going’s new travel newsletter is looking for food pitches around single dishes and how they represent a place. Pays US$350.
Times Radio is offering shift work around video and social. Training is available for the right people.
Hannah Britt is commissioning for the lifestyle pages of The Express and The Mirror. Get in touch with real-life, first-person, and trend-led ideas.
MailOnline is looking for a freelance picture editor to work on the sports desk and help them select the right shots for their stories.
And, finally, MSP Marketing Edge is looking for a freelance writer to put together pieces around tech. Pays £1,000pm.
The Bloomberg UK Diversity Programme is open for applications until the end of the month. It’s a four-day programme in November to give you an introduction to business journalism, with all costs covered. It’s open to all current university students.
🚨Last chance to join us next Monday for a workshop with Mariam Elsayeh on getting to grips with data journalism. We’ll look at how to incorporate solid data, visualisation, and how to contextualise information.
🚨 Also next week, we’re joined by Lateefah Jean–Baptiste who is rerunning her workshop on how to manage your time as a journalist and avoid burnout. This was one of our stand-out sessions of 2022, so do grab a ticket.
As I said up top, the deadline for DBACE 2023 is fast approaching. Apply to get up to £20,000 in funding for your creative business, as well as mentoring, support, and much more.
For those looking to break into commercial photography, the Lisa Pritchard Agency Futures competition is now open. You’ll get representation for two years, as well as a tonne of prizes to get equipment.
🚨 Climate Arena is running a European Fellowship for people who have ideas for cross-border investigations on climate. You’ll get to go to the Climate Arena conference, receive mentoring and be part of a cohort to create stories.
🚨 The One World Media Fellowship closes tomorrow at 5pm. Apply to receive a £1,000 production grant, career mentorship, and workshops and webinars by industry experts.
🚨 ScreenSkills bursaries also close this week. Anyone over 18 can apply for a cash grant to remove obstacles in the way of progressing in their career. For example, this could be things like training, software, or disability access costs.
Duly Noted 2023 closes at the end of the month. It’s a paid opportunity to learn about editing scripts in the world of drama and comedy television — you’ll spend one week at a boot camp and then 12 on placement, paid the equivalent of £30–40,000pa FTE.
🚨 Finally, WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards also close this week. There are a couple of categories worth entering as journalists, and as well as a fancy block of glass you also get some great career development support.
Next up from our fellows, Sundus Abdi explores islamophobia in the British media and how it’s on all of us to help shape new narratives. Read it here.
Also on the site this week, Mollie Bourke looks at the struggle of juggling babies and bylines, and how to find work-life balance as a new mum.