Plus, a special offer on our 2024 magazine.
Apologies in advance, I feel like I’m going to sound like a bit of a stuck record in this newsletter opener. But, for those of you who haven’t spotted, we’ve opened pre-orders for our annual yearbook. This gorgeous 100-page magazine is the one physical product we produce every year, packed with features from our fellows, exercises to help you plan your career in 2024, colour-in achievement badges, and much more.
This year, we need to sell at least 300 copies of the magazine. This goes directly to covering the costs of our work in the tough festive months. No one really buys job adverts in December, so the funds raised from the magazine pay for things like our fellowship, redundancy support sessions, and updates to our website. To achieve our first goal of 100 sales, we need to sell ten copies every day this week. Can you help?
As it was my birthday last week, we’re also running a couple of special offers for the first 100 people to buy — it’s kind of become a bit of a weird birthday tradition for me — trying to work out what we could bolt onto the magazines. This year, the first 100 orders will also get a limited edition reprint of our original pin badges as well as a digital copy of our 2022 and 2023 magazines. And, of course, the printed 2024 magazine, which will drop through your letter box in January.
We’ll share more about what’s in the magazine during the coming weeks — but, in short, you can expect some fascinating features from our fellows and useful tools for anyone at any stage of their journalism career. Check out this video from last year for the vibe. You can grab a one-off copy here, or it also comes included with a Tea and Cake subscription. The latter also includes access to our transcription app, workshops, and much more. Thank you so, so much for your support.
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The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star need a reporter to cover breaking news and dig out “the unusual and interesting” stories in their home patch. It pays £22,000pa.
Pentland Brand has a vacancy for a content creator to work across sports, active, and lifestyle brands. It pays £30–35,000pa and they describe having prior experience as a plus, rather than a necessity. So, we say go for it.
The BBC has a longform investigations researcher gig open at the moment, which can either be done in London or Salford, as well as a music researcher in Inverness. These are Band B roles paying from £23,103pa.
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Scottish Rugby Union is in need of a communications assistant to follow the Glasgow Warriors team. You’ll write articles, film videos, and create social media content to tell the story of the team. It pays £25,000pa.
Unitemps is offering a fixed-term contract with a publisher in the B2B space. It pays £10.44ph and you’ll work as a graduate trainee reporter across news, features, and social media.
Royal Historic Palaces is hiring a digital production assistant to work in the actual Tower of London. You’ll focus on writing, editing, and updating content on their website and the role pays £24,765pa.
CNN’s internship programme is back open and it has a salary for the first time! It pays £28,000pa FTE for six months and there are tonnes of opportunities across current affairs, news, features, and more.
Bloomberg is offering a Level 5 apprenticeship in journalism, where you’ll join their 24-hour channel for 22 months. You’ll get hands-on training and experience and it pays above the National Minimum Wage, rather than the apprentice wage.
Centurian Media in Maidstone is looking for two assistant editors to join them on a range of their B2B brands. It says they’ll consider people looking for their first jobs, and it pays £23,000pa and up.
Pact Coffee has a nice, well-paid gig this week as a content and communications assistant. You’ll take ownership of their social media calendar, send releases to journalists, and presumably drink nice coffee. It pays £30,000pa. H/T MediaBeans.
And, finally, CGP Books — you know, the people who make those textbooks you read during secondary school — need graduate editors to edit content for pupils of all ages. It pays £25,000pa and maybe you’ll also get to write the bad jokes?
This has a pretty high salary, but don’t let that put you off — it’s just US-style wages. Northeastern University, London, is looking for a news reporter to find newsworthy stories across the campus, paying £51–53,000pa.
Tindle Newspapers needs three regional digital editors, based across Surrey, Somerset, or Devon. These are newly created roles focused on editorial strategy and engagement and you’ll be paid up to £40,000pa.
🚨 This time next week the press officer role with Factory International closes, so we advise getting on it now. They’re also the people who run Manchester International Festival, so it’ll be a fun one. It pays £24,000pa.
Our faves at Sifted.eu are on the lookout for a fintech reporter to hunt down scoops, write longer analytical pieces, and quickly turn around news stories. This looks like a really super gig and it pays £30–45,000pa.
🚨 It’s also your last chance to apply for the communications officer role with the Musician’s Union— it closes at 2.30pm tomorrow. You’ll be looking after their website, emails, and social media. It pays £46,795–49,820pa.
🏡 A charity that supports d/Deaf children and young people is looking for a content editor to write, edit, and publish content on their website. It pays £28,334–33,563pa.
Motor Trader, part of EMAP, is hiring a senior reporter/features writer to contribute features and analysis for their online site and monthly magazine. It pays £28–30,000pa depending on your experience.
Mark Allen Group has a vacancy for a reporter at HR Magazine. It’s a fascinating area to delve into and you’ll be paid up to £29,000pa.
🕑 Carbon Copy, a UK charity that inspires local action, has an advert up for a multimedia content producer. You’ll work across their social media videos and their podcast and you’ll be paid £38,000pa FTE.
🕑 MadeforMums is offering a six-month contract as a digital journalist, working for two days a week. They’re paying up to £11,235 for the contract, where you’ll create, edit, and update parenting content.
Homebuilding and Renovating is a magazine that will probably appeal to anyone who watches Grand Designs (shout out to our other director Jack here). It needs an assistant editor to work on its web content and it pays £29–35,000pa.
And, finally, Somerset House Trust is looking for a digital content producer to lead a variety of digital projects. It pays £35–38,000pa.
This is an editorial director role at an independent B2B publisher, though it does look more on the brand side of things. It pays £70–80,000pa, and bizarrely also lists free parking on-site as a top-line benefit.
🏡 News Now is hiring an editor to work across aggregated and curated content and support their staff team. It pays £60,000pa and is fully remote.
Saga is looking for a copywriter to focus on financial products for their audience of over-50s and it pays up to £40,000pa.
This is a senior SEO manager gig, which pays a very decent £65–83,000pa. You’ll be helping to increase search visibility and increase traffic.
And, finally, to wrap things up there are three senior journalist roles at the BBC this week. As Band D roles they pay £36,195–64,688pa, plus an extra £5,164pa weighting for the Jersey one. Join them at Newsbeat, as a politics reporter in Jersey, or at BBC Monitoring.
Metro is looking for a weekend freelance news reporter to join the team. Ideally, they want you to have at least two years of experience.
The US edition of The Sun is on the lookout for a news reporter to work from its London office on a shift basis — but it does look like it could be pretty full-time.
Finixio wants to expand its team of sports news writers through a number of freelance roles. Areas include the Premier League, boxing, UFC, golf, NFL, and other American sports. There is also a freelance role in the iGaming/tech space.
The freelance news reporter role with Digital Spy that we mentioned previously is also still live.
And, final one for shifts today, PinkNews’ Will Stroude is looking for freelance SEO writers throughout December and into 2024.
Kiera Fields of Insider and Business Insider is cutting through the festive noise with a Google Doc full of story ideas to commission before Christmas. At the same publication, but over on their US arm, Debbie Strong is looking for personal essay pitches about work-life balance, career mistakes, and productivity hacks. There’s also this one looking for people who “hard-launched” having kids, without putting an announcement on social media.
Container Magazine, which covers creative technology, is currently open to submissions — you can find out what the team is looking for here.
London-based news and investigations outlet The London Spy is looking for stories centering the people who actually live and work in the city.
In the politics space, Briarpatch Magazine is looking beyond the festive period for pitches for its unthemed May/June issue.
Tara-Michelle is open to pitches with an LGBTQ2S+ hook for Xtra Magazine. These will be published in January 2024.
Rachel Truman wants to commission some travel writers with first-hand experience of Oman for some sponsored content. Details here.
Our pals at The Great Central Gazette are still looking for pitches to cover the gaps over the New Year. They must be themed around Leicester and they’ll pay you £125 a piece.
Chris Brandrick, who I’ve worked with before and is lovely, has some budget for end-of-year features at overkill.wtf. Rates go up to US$130.
Kirsten Grand is now a culture editor at The Telegraph and is open to your pitches.
Sarah Gibbens also wants to remind you that she’s an editor at National Geographic and is always open to pitches about the environment.
Here are Journo Resources, we’re booking our next set of workshops from January onwards. We pay a minimum of £180 per hour-long session, with more on a 50/50 split if more tickets are sold. Send your ideas for practical sessions that our audience might love to email@example.com.
Lastly, VICI needs a freelance sports journalist to cover sports and fitness events, often covering them live. It pays from £1,550 a month.
ASPIRE is a 12-week programme for creative freelancers, which includes filmmakers, photographers, and web developers. There are two cohorts left to run in 2024, offering specialist workshops, mentoring, and mental health support.
Talking Travel Writing’s fourth round of their mentoring scheme is now live. It’s for anyone looking to break into travel writing, whether you’re a recent graduate, someone looking to pivot specialisms, or something else entirely.
The Women in Journalism Mentoring Scheme is also now live — it’s open to members of the organisation and there are two schemes for both new entrants to journalism and those later in their careers.
Not be confused with Women in Journalism Scotland’s Mentoring Scheme, which has also just reopened. They have a huge range of mentors who’ll be able to help you with your 2024 career goals.
🚨 Entries are about to close for the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual prize for cancer journalism. It’s open globally, offers a variety of different categories, and comes with a US$5,000 prize.
Applications are open again for Brixton Finishing School, a free 10-week course for people aged 18–25 who want to land their first role in marketing, advertising, or communications. Assessment evenings will be held from January onwards.
A range of fellowships are now open at The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute for individuals and organisations who want to create innovative projects for community-centred news. Fellows receive a stipend of up to US$100,000.
🚨 Applications close tomorrow for the Yale World Fellows programme. You’ll spend four months at Yale fully funded, where you’ll attend workshops, get personal development support, host events, and expand your network.
🚨 One last fellowship programme — it feels like it’s fellowship season. The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is accepting applications until the end of the week. It’s for rising leaders who want to solve problems in their fields.
🚨 The CatchLight Global Fellowship also closes this week. They’re looking to support innovative leaders in visual storytelling with a US$30,000 grant, personal growth support, and impact strategy support.
🚨 Media companies with a positive social impact have until the end of the week to apply for funding from The Media Development Investment Fund. A total of US$1 million will be distributed to successful companies.
Ever been asked to take on an unpaid edit test to snag a freelance job? Amy Fallon investigates why they’ve become so common — and how to push back.
We Need Ten People Today To Buy A Copy Of Our Magazine
If ten people buy a copy every day this week, we’ll instantly get to our first target of 100 sales. Snag a one-off copy here, or it also comes included with a Tea and Cake subscription. Either way, you’ll be helping us keep supporting journalists throughout our toughest months — and you’ll get a beautiful 100-page magazine, packed with features, resources, and fun to see you through 2024.