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The Telegraph - Social and Religious Affairs Editor: fixed-term contract

The Telegraph
London (Central)
Competitive + excellent benefits
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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The Social and Religious Affairs Editor leads the Daily Telegraph’s coverage of social affairs, and religious events and associated issues. They ensure consistent coverage of the patches. They are required to build and maintain contacts in the relevant sectors. 

They are responsible for finding and writing social and religious affairs stories and are also expected to break exclusives, write analysis, features, and long reads.  They will write stories for The Telegraph app, website and newspaper, with an understanding of how best to present stories online. 

The Social and Religious Affairs Editor will work closely with news editors, other news reporters and specialists, and other journalists across the newspaper.

This is a fixed-term contract position, covering a period of parental leave.

Key responsibilities

  • The Social and Religious Affairs Editor is expected to bring in exclusive, agenda setting news stories. The successful candidate for this role will be confident writing articles which lead the website and front page stories. 
  • They are expected to plan coverage of key events in the religious and social affairs calendars, such as Synod. 
  • They are expected to write accurate, clear and concise news stories in house style.
  • They are expected to meet tight deadlines and to organise their schedule around the deadline demands of the newsroom. 
  • Under pressure, they are expected to identify the best line for a potential story and relay that information to news editors clearly and concisely. 
  • They are responsible for ensuring stories are accurate and legally compliant. 
  • They are expected to have an understanding of the stories which attract readers online and that readers and subscribers to the Telegraph are interested in. Through their articles, they will help the company to reach its goal of attracting and retaining more subscribers online.

Key skills

  • Experience working within the newsroom of a national media organisation or equivalent is essential. A proven track record as a specialist reporter is desirable for this role, as is prior experience within the religious or social affairs sector. It is essential that those with a general reporting background can demonstrate an ability to find exclusive stories and develop contacts.
  • An ability to write clear, accurate copy is essential. 
  • It is desirable for a candidate to be comfortable analysing data. 
  • A proven ability to develop sources and contacts is essential.
  • It is essential that candidates are able to process large amounts of detailed information quickly and accurately. 
  • It is essential to be highly organised and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously while effectively prioritising different tasks.
  • It is essential to be a strong verbal communicator, who is able to explain stories succinctly and clearly to editors. 
  • Knowledge of how best to present stories online is desirable.

Our benefits

The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here by creating a suite of benefits that contribute to lifestyle choices and leisure activities. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and parental leave (six months fully paid maternity leave and enhanced paternity/partner leave), to life assurance and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Training and development

With support from your manager and colleagues, you’ll also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Our commitment to inclusion

At Telegraph Media Group, we foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds. We believe in equality of opportunity and welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.

We are proud to be a Level 3 Disability Confident Leader as part of the government’s Disability Confident Scheme. If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition and would like support in applying for any of our roles or if you require any reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

To find out more about Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Telegraph Media Group, and for more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.


The Telegraph is an award-winning, multimedia news brand synonymous with quality, credibility and authority for more than 160 years. 

We are renowned for the analysis, perspective, opinion and insight our journalism provides to a discerning audience. Every day the content we create sets the news agenda, sparking debate and provoking comment.

Our vision, with quality journalism at the heart, is to pioneer new ways to serve 10 million registered users and 1 million subscribers. We’ll achieve this with a constant focus on our journalism, and by using the data and understanding we have of The Telegraph’s audience to successfully grow our revenue streams from subscriptions to advertising, travel, events, and financial services.
We want to capture diversity of thought through our people, create inclusive working environments that allow everyone to be their authentic selves at work while creating a sense of belonging to ensure we have the highest performing teams.

The Telegraph is proud to be a WORK180 endorsed employer for women in 2021.

For more information on our purpose, beliefs and people values, please visit our website. Visit our careers website to learn more about our people and jobs.

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