Jobs and Opps at Schools Week, Bristol 24/7, The Financial Times, Novara Media and More 🎄
Your penultimate (perhaps) list of things to apply for this year 📝
This could finally be the year I earn £30,000. Not from Journo Resources, of course, but from my freelancing. The tax year doesn’t end until April, but as everyone has been been doing their bit for salary transparency over on Twitter, it felt like a good time to take stock. As long as I can remember, £30,000 has been the number I’ve aimed for. I think the three at the start always made it seem magical. While I saw salaries starting with a one or two when I saw growing up, it was never a three or four.
When my first job at a local TV station offered £18,500, it felt like a flying start. I then went to a politics website (£23,000) and, after some freelancing, a news editor gig (£28,500). I felt like I’d be over the line soon, surely, but after some soul searching felt it was time to leave and concentrate on JR. I was convinced to stay for three days a week at £32,000. The catch is that pro-rata that’s £19,200.
To cut a long story down, this is my first full year as a freelancer after leaving that job in July 2019. It’s a weird balance – I’m finally able to pay myself £500 a month for the 2/3 days a week I run JR, but the other half of the week is furiously filled with well paying gigs to offset the gap and give it time to grow. In short, I’m now up to £22,315pa this year, with three and a bit months to go. I feel like I could do this.
Why am I writing all this? Firstly, I guess I am a bit proud. This year has been a slog for us all, and we need to be kind to ourselves. Secondly, I think it’s really important to talk about money – it isn’t dirty or secretive. I passionately believe that the more we all talk about money the more empowered we all are – it stops us getting short changed. In short, the more we all know about what other people get paid, the better.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to tell the world – it could just be telling the people you work with, or submitting your rates and or your salaries to our databases. Either way, let’s make 2021 the year we start talking about money a bit more.
Novara Media are looking for a part-time social media editor to manage their social media operation. It’s 24 hours a week (which is pleasingly like a full day in my head) and pays £12.50 an hour.
Not sure which ‘industry B2B’ this is, but they’re looking for a junior reporter to join them and write features and news. It pays £22-24,000pa.
🚨 🏡 Cornerstones are one of the UK’s top literary consultancies and have a remote three week internship closing soon. It pays London Living Wage and closes in two days. They say it’s for you if you love reading.
🚨 Applications also close tomorrow for the Financial Times’ Trainee Reporter role with FT Specialist. It’s a 12 month contract at London Living Wage.
The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre are offering a 12 months digital internship. It pays £18,135pa and closes in the New Year.
A 20 hour a week job here with the Army Cadet Force Association. It will pay £12,682.43 (specific, huh) for those 20 hours where you’ll be working on content creation. Worth noting they don’t expect a degree for this gig.
🏡 Aesthetica Magazine is looking for a junior digital content writer. It’s £18,000pa FTE, but it doesn’t say quite how part-time it is, as it says the hours will vary. However, it does look like you’d get to write some fun stuff.
The National Portrait Gallery is looking for a communications assistant for 24 hours a week. It’s £22,568pa FTE, which works out to £13,540pa.
🏡 This is only one day a week, but we wanted to put it up here as it’s very entry level and you should apply Neve are looking for a communications assistant to work on social media, copywriting and admin. Pays £100-125 a day.
Kindred Spirit Magazine are looking for a journalist/editorial assistant to join them to write consumer wellness news and features. Pays £20-22,000pa.
🚨🏡 Crowd Network are looking for a digital content creator to help them grow their podcast communities. They’re based in Manchester but are open to remote work. Pays £32-35,000pa and closes next Tuesday.
We’re not sure who this one is for, it just says an ‘industry B2B’. Either way though, they’re offering £28-30,000pa to join them as a senior reporter.
Schools Week are looking for a senior reporter to join their team and they say it would be a good fit for a regional/local reporter looking for a step up or national news reporter who wants to specialise. It pays £27,500-£33,500pa.
The Country Land and Business Association (or CLA for short) is looking for a digital editor to join the team to help with sending their newsletter, working on social media, and their website. Pays £28-30,000pa.
A luxury hair brand is looking for a content creator to take care of storytelling and comms. Pays £35-40,000pa and we’d like to imagine you get some free hair stuff too?
A bit of a beasty job here as head of external communications for the Ministry of Defence. It looks pretty intense, but pays £71,000pa.
Alaraby Televison Network are looking for a broadcast journalist – again this is one that would start in 2021. There are three gigs on offer, all paying £33,795-56,613pa.
BBC Audio are looking for an assistant producer for their science unit, to work on podcasts and programmes routed in science. It pays £25-49,000pa as it’s a Band C role.
🏡 We mentioned this one before, but just plugging it again before it closes at the start of 2021. This is a journalist/reporter role at a B2B. You’ll be paid £25-31,000pa to produce ten original pieces of tech/HR content a week.
Canvas8 are looking for an insights editor to work across trend reports, case studies, and signals. It pays £25-30,000pa.
TM Forum are looking for an Editor in Chief, who will look after their content portal Inform. You’ll work across blogs, articles, videos, and podcasts – it pays a pretty decent £6-,108-78,044pa.
Final one in this section – Elbi Digital are looking for a social media manager to help build local communities of “bright like-minded people in cities all over the world”. It pays £35-50,000pa.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism are looking for pitches for their Is Work Working Series, in collaboration with The Mirror. If your idea is successful you’ll be paid to go to an Ideas Lab and to develop the story on with their help. This one is open until the new year, so plenty of time.
We mentioned this up top as well, but a if you’re looking for a part-time gig, Novara Media are on the hunt for a social media editor. Pays £12.50 an hour for 24 hours a week.
James Craggs is looking to connect with young and emerging North East film makers, camera ops, photographers, and animators for upcoming paid projects. Get in touch with him over on Twitter.
Bristol 24/7 are looking for a freelance editorial assistant for three days a week in the new year. It doesn’t say anything about location in the ad, but it goes without saying you do need to know Bristol pretty well.
Kew Gardens are looking for someone for a three month contract (full-time) to create 10 pieces of written/audio content and five to seven videos. It pays £26,500-28,583pa FTE.
A freelance copywriter gig that’s just been listed that says it pays £200-250 a day. It’s for two months, with a potential for extension.
Roxanne Gay has a new call for pitches out – it’s specially looking for submissions from people who have fewer than three published pieces. Each essay will be paid $2,000.
Neve are looking for a remote communications assistant for one day a week to help with social, research and copywriting. £100-125 per day.
From up the top, Aesthetica Magazine are looking for a freelance video content creator. It’s remote working and pays £22,000ph remotely. It doesn’t say how many hours they’ll need though – that’s variable.
Mslexia are looking for pitches from women who manage to write despite a particular personal challenge (can be anything). Pays £100 for a 1,000 word piece.
Two freelance gigs here from Molzi, who are looking for a both a Dutch speaking copywriter (£120-180 a day) and a Swedish speaking copywriter (£150-200 a day).
Undark Magazine are again looking for pitches for their podcast. They pay $3,000 for each 25 minutes story which explores science and society.
Lena Felton is now at the Washington Post’s The Lily and wants stories of how millennial women’s live have been affected in the realms of health, politics, work, and relationships.
Social.Inc are looking for a freelance content marketer/editor, for an average of 17 hours a week.
The Kim Wall Memorial Fund has reopened for this year, giving two $5,000 grants to women who embody the spirit of her reporting. This is broadly defined as covering “the undercurrents of rebellion”.
🚨 Our friends at News Associates are running their final workshop of the year, and this time it’s with the wonderful Lucy Dyer and is a general Q&A about getting into journalism. All questions welcomed - it’s tomorrow though so get signed up ASAP.
🚨 Another event from our friends at Empoword Journalism, who have put together a producers panel with the BBC’s Priscilla Ng’ethe and Sky News’ Elly Blake. It’s on Thursday and is also free to attend.
Applications are now open for the Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund. They’re offering £10,000 to the next big thing in talent led docs. So, if you think you’re Nadia Hussain or Louis Theroux in the making get on it.
🚨 The New Media Writing Prize closes at the end of this week. Submit all your final entries of great digital storytelling now – it’s free!
🚨 The Aspiring Professionals Mentoring Programme closes tomorrow – it aims to open up pathways in professionals for pupils in secondary schools.
🚨 The World Teenage Reporting Project closes today, if you know any teenagers who have put together any great profile pieces of journalism.
🚨 A Friday deadline (all the deadlines, sorry, it looks quite aggressive with all the sirens doesn’t it) for the fellowship in Colombia, Missouri at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. You’ll be there for eight months with a stipend, plus housing allowance.
Got a story on environmental crime in developing countries? You can apply for a grant here to fund your reporting. The Grid Arendal Environmental Crime Programme is offering 25,000 NOK – about £2,138.
🚨 A Friday deadline for Earth Network’s Biodiversity Story Grants. There are 10 grants of between $1-2,000 for stories on threats to global biodiversity.
Domestic abuse is one of the least reported crimes in the UK, so much so the Office of National Statistics describe it as a ‘hidden crime’. This practical guide from Evie Muir explains how you can make sure these stories are told within legal guidelines.
This is a must read from The Voices’ Izin Akhabau about the importance of hiring and supporting young journalists from a diverse range of backgrounds.
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