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The Sun, Assistant News Editor

The Sun
London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Assistant News Editor for The Sun

News UK is a company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are an ambitious and ever-growing organisation with a passion for storytelling, capturing moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world. Our newspapers reach more than 30 million people each week and include The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. News UK is also home to Wireless, a leading UK and Irish media company boasting independent local and national radio stations.

The Team: The Sun is Britain’s biggest biggest-selling newspaper and largest mobile news brand - and still growing - with a talented, diverse team who publish the best news, sport, showbiz and lifestyle coverage in the business.

Your Role: We are looking for a new Assistant News Editor to help grow our award-winning operation. This is a rare opportunity for the right applicant to join The Sun’s news desk.

Day to day: 

  • To help develop The Sun Online's off diary operation and improve the quality and quantity of our original content

  • To manage and run reporters on the ground going after the biggest stories of the day, as well as seeing tips through to finished stories

  • To liaise with agencies and freelancers to make sure our coverage stays ahead of the competition

  • To help train and develop our talented young reporters and get the most out of them

  • To assist the news editor with management of the team

  • To lead the news operation as and when required, including at nights and weekends when necessary


What we’re looking for from you:

  • Have a minimum of two years experience working at national newsdesk level with a track record of delivering exclusives

  • Must have experience of running multiple reporters on the ground at once

  • Must have knowledge of and experience in recognised search tools

  • Must have experience of leading news operations on occasion

  • Solid contacts with agencies and freelancers around the UK and internationally

  • Must have flair and an ability to spot the hidden potential in stories

  • Unflappable under pressure and delivers work at a consistently high standard

  • Positive attitude and good team player

  • Can demonstrate an understanding of the The Sun brand, both print and digital

  • Flexibility to work shift patterns across 7 days 


Life at News

At News UK some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group. 

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support. 

In addition we also offer:

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;

  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;

  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.


We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.  


News UK is a great company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are a company which has journalism at its very heart.

Our newspapers and associated websites are some of the most powerful media brands in the English speaking world, reaching 30 million people each week.

They are very different products with different values and different strengths, but all are united by a commitment to independent journalism that connects with our customers.

News UK is a company which thrives on pace. Our people stretch themselves on a daily basis, challenging the status quo to produce the best service possible to our readers and customers. We embrace creativity and initiative and we have some of the most talented people in the industry.

If you want to work for one of the world's most exciting, challenging and creative media organisations then News UK is the place to build your career.

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