Jobs and Opps at CNN, Stylist, BBC London, The British Antarctic Survey And Many, Many More 🐧
Plus, join our free event on journalism jobs people don't apply for!
Every week I compile the bottom section of this newsletter. Bar the two weeks we shut down at Christmas, I spend every Tuesday trawling through the internet on a hunt for journalism jobs. In a weird way, I find it quite comforting. It’s a structure and routine that grounds me every week, no matter what else is going on. I start by writing down my mental list of job sites in my notebook, and today’s date. I work through each job site manually, crossing it off in my notepad as I go, before turning to freelancing, where I have a Google Doc of phrases to plug into Twitter’s search bar.
All in all, I tend to list about 50 opportunities each week – the ones that don’t make the final cut get added to our jobs board. It adds up to about 92,000 words a year. For a person who absolutely isn’t looking for a new job, I spend an awful lot of time looking at them. I also spend a lot of time talking about them – I talk with my team about what’s good and what’s bad, I moan about exceptionally egregious listings on Twitter, and I speak to dozens of people who are trying to find their next journo job.
Breaking into journalism and working your way up the ladder can be tough; there’s no two ways about it. Competition can be fierce and, as our new deputy editor Cat wrote last week, it can feel like an endless trek. So, in short, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learnt over the past six years. We’ve been running our jobs board since 2018, which has given us a huge insight into the kind of journalism jobs people look at and apply for – and the ones they don’t. And, as the people who’ve personally sifted through hundreds of applications, as well as made them ourselves, we’ve also collected some tips on how you can make your applications stand out.
Join us tomorrow, for a free session where we’ll be sharing all of our learnings around journalism jobs and applications, as well as taking as many questions as possible. We’ll be talking about trends and data at all levels of the industry, and we really hope to see you there – there’s also an option to get the recording if you’re not about!
[EVENT] Migration In The Media: Telling Authentic Stories
Migration is in the news at lot at the moment, whether because of the war in Ukraine or the ‘Rwanda policy’. But there are many reasons why people move – and our stories should always be about more than where people are from. Join us next week for a free workshop in conjunction with On Road Media which will help you tell stories about migration accurately, sensitively, and with impact. As well as a workshop, you’ll also meet people with lived experience of migration in the live session.
The team at Court News UK are looking for trainee reporters to cover courts and tribunals, with your stories leading national papers. Pay starts at £20,000pa with bonuses based on exclusive stories.
An entry-level gig here looking for someone to write pieces focused on the filmmaking industry. You’ll write daily news, as well as longer magazine features and there’s scope for travel abroad. Pays £25,000pa.
🚨 Last chance for the GlobalData job as a features writer focused on energy. You’ll cover everything from space mining to nuclear power and it pays £23,000pa.
Two gigs here from Media Contacts – one is to cover blockchain and the future of energy and the other looking at how companies should track their social and environmental impact. Both pay £24-30,000pa.
🚨 The Bristol Cable isn’t your average newspaper – it’s owned by the people of Bristol and focuses on original content and investigations. Join them as their next journalist and you’ll be paid £22,584pa and get 36 days of holiday.
🚨 It’s also the last call for the editorial internships at Spiked Online. It’s run on a freelance basis, but pays equivalent to £22-28,000pa and you’ll work either on editorial or their audio podcasts.
🏡 Newsquest are looking for a trending reporter to pick up on stories people across the UK are talking about, and it looks like you can be based anywhere. They’re paying up to £23,000pa.
I’m sorry, but how could we possibly ignore the not one, but two jobs from YachtBuyer, who are looking for a journalist/online writer and a creative writer, both to write about all things yachts. Pays £20-30,000pa.
Sports Betting Community are looking for a business journalist to work across a couple of their websites to write news and features. Pays £21,000pa.
🕑 And, finally, BBC Radio London are looking for two part-time journalism co-ordinanators to help the show run smoothly, as well as a full-time journalism researcher in Inverness. Both are entry-level and Band B, so pay begins at £23,103pa.
Want to get all meta? Campaign, which is a fascinating publication that focuses on the PR and marketing industry are looking for a senior reporter. They’re paying up to £32,000pa.
The CIPD are looking for a content editor to work across all things human resources, writing and producing a range of content for their members. Pays up to £51,000pa.
🚨 The gig for a senior reporter at Schools Weeks is still open and it looks like a really great opportunity for someone to do some original work. Pays up to £37,500pa. You got this gal.
Jungle Creations are looking for a deputy section editor to to focus on the top news and entertainment stories, including exclusives and interviews. Pays £34-37,000pa.
🐧 This is a comms officer gig, but it’s also with the British Antarctic Survey, which sounds incredibly cool and also penguins! It says there’s some overseas travel too, and you’ll work on social and written content.
🏡 The Canmaker is a) a great name and b) hiring for an assistant editor to cover all things about the metal packaging industry (cans, geddit). They’re paying up to £29,000pa.
🚨 It’s your last chance to apply for the senior producer role at UnHerd, putting together their live programmes in Parliament and beyond. Pays £35-45,000pa.
🚨 Also last call for the communications coordinator gig at The London School of Economics, where you’ll work with their Middle East Centre. Pays £31,029-35,635pa.
🚨 GlobalData also have two gigs closing this week. Their senior writer role focuses on a huge range of sectors and pays £28,000pa, while their healthcare reporter gig pays up to £38,000pa.
No, we haven’t missed them! Here’s your round-up of the latest BBC jobs. This week they have journalism roles in Manchester, Nottingham, and as a camera journalist in London. All are Band C, paying £25,670-50,313. They also have some senior gigs in Newcastle, Essex, and Leeds, which are Band D, paying D £36,195-64,688pa.
🚨🏡 It’s the last call for the gig with openDemocracy this week – they’re looking for a digital marketing manager, but the role seems to mainly focus on social content and growing their audiences. Pays £32,150-37,000pa.
I went to see The Killers last week at Norwich City Football Club and now they’re looking for a website and social editor! Kind of like a sign? Maybe? Who knows. They’re paying £28,000pa.
🚨 Finally, it’s the last call for the sub-editor job at DeHavilland, who work on content around political insight. Pays £26-30,000pa.
Travel Chapter are looking for a freelance content writer to write descriptions for holiday cottages until November. It pays £19/per description. Send your CV and portfolio to email@example.com with the subject line: Freelance content writing. Let them know we sent you!
Mattie Lacey-Davidson is urgently looking for pitches around healthcare, specialist clinics, and health and fitness for a Daily Mail supplement.
Behind The Science are looking for an editor with a journalistic background for a long-term freelance gig creating healthcare content. Pays £300-362 per day.
There’s also a freelance content creator gig going here with a skincare brand, who wants someone to shoot and edit social videos and reels. Pays £300 a day.
🏡 PinkNews are looking for a freelance digital sub-editor to make sure their reporters’ copy is the best it can be. Pays a day rate of £175.
Hannah Keegan is looking for a features writer who is able to write a piece around being single. Get in touch this way.
Hyphen are a new publication seeking deeply reported stories about Muslim communities in the UK and Europe.
Are you a games writer who wants to write reviews for NME? They’re paying £120 per piece and keen for people who play sports, racing, and indie games.
Reader’s Digest UK are once again looking for new pitches on music, books, sex and relationships content for the website, as well as the print mgazine.
Vittles is back for season six, with a theme of food and the arts. Check out their full pitching guide this way. Pays about 40p per word.
Next City publish solutions journalism stories around building more equitable and just cities. Aysha Khan is looking for your pitches.
Kveller is looking for pitches and pay US$100 a piece. They’re a Jewish parenting website looking for a huge range of ideas.
Got ideas about journalism? IJNet are always taking ideas on tools, apps and resources and pay freelancers US$200 per piece.
Christmas starts early at the New Scientist. Send them your pitches now for their 2022 holidays issue. See the full pitch guide this way.
And, finally, send gal-dem your travel pitches for their Wanderthirst series.
Our friends at Freelancing for Journalists currently have 30% off their quick guides, making them just £3.50 each. They cover everything from finding and pitching stories to putting together a podcast.
The Young Innovators Awards are now open for 2022/23 offering up to £5,000 in funding for entrepreneurs up to 30, as well as a living allowance.
Applications are now open to become a TED Fellow. They’re looking for people doing bold original work in their field, who’ll be provided with a whole package of support from coaching to media training.
The Youth4Regions Programme is also open again for applications. It’s open to 18-30-year-olds from EU or neighbouring countries and you’ll get training, mentoring, and press visits.
We plugged that this was due to open a little while ago, and now it’s finally open! Substack’s Summer of Sound Programme offers audio creators US$1,000 as well as three to five hours a week of training and discussions.
🚨 Last chance to apply for the Future of Journalism Fellowship from PA Training. They’re offering a free NCTJ course, mentoring and work experience with national outlets to five people from marginalised backgrounds.
The Society of Editors has announced the Media Freedom Awards to recognise campaigning journalism across the UK. While the press release was in March, they say full application details will come out this week.
🚨🆓🎪 This is your very last chance to join us tomorrow as we run through journalism jobs that often get overlooked, and how you can make sure your application stands out. It’s entirely free to join us!
🆓🎪 Don’t forget to also get your tickets for our free session on migration too – looking at how to report on stories around migration accurately, sensitively, and with impact.
🎪 Friend of Journo Resources, Donna Ferguson, is also running an agony aunt session for freelancers in conjunction with Women in Journalism. Sign up here.
Finally, the Grierso DocLab In Focus is now open to aspiring assistant editors, offering tonnes of training and a three month placement at Netflix.
This week, as commemorations of the Falklands War draw to a close, we take a look at what it’s like to be a journalist 8,000 miles from home – and how you can find opportunities there too.
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