Today is also our sixth birthday, can you believe it!?! 🎉 🥳
Today, Journo Resources turns six. It’s been on my to-do list to write something about this for weeks – I always do every year. But this year I’ve struggled to put my thoughts into a sensible order. I’ve kept putting it off, and now it’s the night before. The truth is, a lot of stuff has changed for us over the last 12 months, and sometimes it’s hard to grapple quite how much. It’s hard to jump off the treadmill for a second.
The last 12 months were the first time I finally moved to working here full-time. We were joined by some incredible young people through Kickstart placements, and also now have an incredible deputy editor and membership manager. It still feels such a joy to be able to share a morning meeting with people who know the deal (and humour my cat pictures).
(Please enjoy this picture of my rescue cat Swirls celebrating our birthday.)
But this birthday also feels more changeful in other ways. As we move further from the strict lockdowns of the past few years, it’s staggering how much we’ve adapted and switched up what we do. The further we go, the more it seems to speed up. The stakes seem higher. As my partner would say, it feels like we’re building the plane while flying it.
Another reason I’m struggling to reflect this year is the growing number of hats I now juggle. Who knew there were so many hats?! I know how to run a pension scheme. I do the payroll on an app. I scour the internet to find the best people to sell job ads too. I pitch the business endlessly, and fail miserably at trying to post regularly to TikTok.
Journo Resources is now the biggest it’s ever been, on one of the smallest teams in the business. It’s difficult to take a breath. We only have one full-time staff member, but last year our resources were used by 200,000 people. We’ve published hundreds of job salaries for the first time. 90 percent of fellows went on to paid work in the media. And we’ve only gotten this far because of you.
It’s down to people like you who’ve believed in us, shared our work, contributed to the community, and trusted us with your donations. We couldn’t do it without you. While I can’t say for sure where we’ll be in a year, it certainly feels like we’re on the tipping point of something big. Now, more than ever, we need your help.
We have some exciting news about the site in a couple of weeks’ time (after my first ever two-week holiday) but in the meantime, please do read and share the full version of this piece online. And, if you can, please consider making a small regular donation on our Steady. It’s the best way we have of ensuring regular income to pay our bills and put money back into the community. Donations start from just £4 a month and include some incredible perks – and there’ll be more on that later…
Until next time – and thank you.💛
The BBC are looking for a journalism researcher to join them at New Broadcasting House to work on news. It’s Band B, so pay starts at £23,103pa and you’ll be working across their broadcast programmes.
🚨 You have until the end of the month to apply for the trainee reporters role at Court News UK, where you’ll cover the courts of national stories. It pays £20,000pa plus a story-based bonus.
🚨It’s also an end of the month deadline for UnHerd’s traineeship. It lasts for six months and you’ll working across editing, writing, podcasts and video. Pays £21,000pa.
🏡 Amateur Photographer are looking for an online writer to join them to put together original content for their website. It pays £23-25,000pa.
Tindle Newspapers are looking for two journos. One is a multimedia role based in beautiful, beach-filled Cornwall and pays £18,200pa. The other is a community news reporter gig in Wales that pays £18,500pa.
Arts Professional are a magazine serving the arts and cultural sector (which now I’ve typed it out, seems somewhat like stating the obvious). They’re looking for a digital content assistant and paying £20-30,000pa.
🏡 The Digital Fix are looking for a staff writer to focus on digital, daily news. They’re paying £25,000pa and you can work anywhere in the UK.
BFBS, aka British Forces Broadcasting Services, are looking for a trainee sports video journalist for a six month contract. It pays the National Living Wage and you’ll cover a huge range of sports at an elite level.
And, finally, The Economist have again opened up their social media fellowship, which runs every year. It pays £26,000p and this time around it will focus on North America, although is based in London.
🚨🏡 You have until the end of the month for the new staff job at upday, the news curator on all Samsung phones. They’re paying £35,000pa and up, and you’ll be finding the best news and video content out there.
A couple more great BBC jobs here. First up, Newsround are looking for journalists to work on news content for six to 12-year-olds. Countryfile are also looking for an investigations assistant producer to work on a range of investigative stories. Both are Band C, so pay £25,670-50,313pa.
🚨 🏡 Last chance to work with Music Business Worldwide, looking into the intricacies of the music world. It’s remote working and pay starts at £30,000pa.
🚨 A short deadline for this News Editor gig at Wonkhe – they cover HE policy and are looking for a news editor to lead their editorial work. They’re offering £35-45,000pa.
🚨 There’s also a very short deadline for this social media writer job at Thought Leadership PR. They’re looking for someone with a journalist background and the salary is £30-38,000pa.
🚨 🏡 More end of the month deadlines! Don’t forget to put your application into be the Yorkshire editor of TheBusinessDesk.com. Pays £35,000pa.
🚨 🏡 DeSmog are looking for a climate researcher, which one to two years of journalism experience to look at the data and write news stories about climate change. They’re paying £28,000pa. Closes next Tuesday.
People Management are looking for a news editor to oversee their output and commission both freelancers and staff writers. Pays £30-32,000pa.
The Lincolnite are looking for an editor to manage the creation and publication of their content, and they’re paying up to £36,760pa.
And, finally, Radio Times are looking for an audience development manager to help grow their audience. Pays £40,000pa.
This is a freelance copywriter gig for a financial service provider, who need someone urgently. They’re paying £325 per day.
Once again, Kya Buller is looking for your first-person pieces and opinion ideas for Metro.co.uk. Pays £100 a piece.
🏡 Nursing Standard are looking for freelance health journalists and sub-editors to work on the tile remotely. Pay is in line with NUJ rates.
The Sun are keen to hear ideas from freelancers for their beauty section. Contact Claire Dunwell this way.
POPSUGAR are looking for writers for their wellness vertical – get in touch with Mirel Zaman by email.
Louisa Clarence-Smith has joined the Telegraph as education editor and is here to hear your stories about schools, universities and further education.
The New Contemporaries Scheme is back open, and they’re looking for early-career writers to send them their ideas.
BBC Reel are looking for pitches from freelance filmmakers and video journalists on digital documentaries or explainers. Get in touch with Florence Craig.
Found via our friends at MediaBeans, the Thompson Reuters Foundation are looking for a freelance social media producer to start in August.
Katie Russell is now the deputy editor of first-person experience essays at Newsweek. Get in touch if you have something this way.
Outsider Magazine are looking for pitches on climate change that aren’t entirely doom and gloom. Send them through to Abigail Wise.
Reiss Smith from PinkNews is on the look out for freelance features journalists who would be up for long and short interviews for their culture section.
For those of you who didn’t make it to our event about migration in the media last week, we’re pleased to be able to say it’s now available to watch back! This was a really great session, so do take five minutes with a cuppa.
🎪 Join us for our next event in just two week’s time – our roundtable on navigating an overwhelmingly white industry has speakers from Black Ballad, The Voice, and Aurelia and will have loads of practical tips.
🎪 Struggling to break into journalism from another industry? Want to switch up your beat? Career pivot coach Winnie Tang will be guiding us through the steps you need to take to achieve your goals.
The Independent’s Robert Cornwell Award is back open – they offer a £5,000 grant to someone with a journalistic project within foreign reporting.
The British Guild of Beer Writers have launched a new diversity grant for people who want to break into beer writing. Apply with an idea for the chance to bag £350.
🚨 Last chance to apply for the Environmental Reporting Collective’s collaborative reporting grants, which offer US$1-3,000 to teams who fill gaps in each other’s reporting. Closes at the end of the month.
🚨 The Society of Authors also have a deadline on July 1 for their grants for work in progress – they’ll fund between £2-3,500pa to help you get your book finished.
🚨Deadlines everywhere! It’s also the last call for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Young Critics Scheme. You’ll get festival access, mentoring, and the chance to build your portfolio.
🚨 The deadline for the BAFTA Breakthrough Scheme is next Monday. If you want to work in TV, they’ll give you unique career development and networking opportunities.
The 2022 Rory Peck Awards for freelance journalists and filmmakers are now back open. Read the full details over this way.
The International News Media Association’s 30 Under 30 Awards are open for anyone working in news and entry is free.
The Free Press Awards are also back open, honouring those who bring news to the public, even in the most difficult circumstances.
🚨 And, finally, time is almost up to apply to be a TED Fellow. You’ll be given tonnes of support and will deliver a short TED talk.
Don’t forget to read our full birthday piece here, where our founder Jem reflects on what we’ve achieved during the last 12 months.
Please Support Us On Our Sixth Birthday – It’s Just £4pm
A small donation of just £4 a month is the biggest thing you can do to make sure Journo Resources keeps publishing and growing. The money goes directly into creating new resources and back into our diverse community – plus, there are some great perks including free access to all of our events, to help supercharge your career.