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The Sun, Features Writer - 12 Month FTC (Maternity Leave)

The Sun
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Job Type
Full Time
Nationals, Online, News
Features Writer

Job Details

The Sun is the biggest news brand in the UK, publishing hundreds of stories a day and reaching over 170m unique users digitally every month. Its exclusives set the news agenda and its campaigns have changed the lives of many. Delivering news, entertainment, and sports coverage to millions of readers every day. With a rich history spanning decades, we are dedicated to providing accurate, insightful, and engaging content across print and digital platforms.

The Sun has a mass-market audience and aims to appeal to a diverse audience in the UK and beyond.

Our Features team sits at the heart of The Sun, setting the tone of the brand and spearheading agenda setting campaigns across our platforms.  

Your role: We are seeking a talented and dynamic Features Writer to join our vibrant editorial team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for storytelling, an eye for detail, and the ability to produce captivating content across a variety of subjects. You will be responsible for creating feature articles that engage our readers, from human interest stories and celebrity interviews to lifestyle pieces and in-depth investigations.

Day to day you will: 

  • Generate a daily list of quality editorial ideas which will appeal to both our print audience and get strong, engaged traffic for and across our social platforms

  • Have the necessary drive and journalistic skills to turn those, and additional ideas and into great copy which readers will enjoy

  • Be able to write sparkling copy on a variety of subjects and in a range of styles/tones

  • Be able to find unique case studies and identify trends using social media 

  • Understanding of video and and eye for creating visually appealing content

  • Build contacts with PRs and experts

  • Have exceptional writing and interviewing skills, honed through previous experience

  • Have a thorough knowledge of the IPSO Code of Conduct, media law and ethical considerations

  • Being a self-starter is key – and you will need to thrive under the pressure of a busy newsroom 

What we are looking for from you: 

  • Deep understanding of The Sun brand, both print and digital

  • Previous experience of using a digital CMS is desirable

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

  • Proactive and displays a willingness to take on any task

  • Always takes initiative in order to achieve desired results

  • Self-starter, organised and a good problem-solver, able to eliminate obstacles through creative  and adaptive approaches

We are News UK: One of the leading media businesses in the UK and Ireland.  Our newsbrands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS. Our national broadcast brands include talkSPORT, Times Radio, Talk and Virgin Radio UK, and we have market-leading local radio stations across Ireland. Our world-famous brands provide news, analysis, opinion and entertainment to almost 40 million people each month. Spanning print and pixel, audio and video, events and experiences, our multiplatform brands are home to a plurality of opinion, representing the diverse communities we serve. News UK is wholly owned by News Corp.

Life at News

Driven by passion, guided by principles and acting with purpose. We represent, reflect and reach the nation, telling the stories that matter. We inform our audiences so that they can make decisions based on trusted information.

To do this, we believe our employees must represent different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. We strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy, which focuses on three main priorities - attracting talent from a wider, more representative pool, developing equity programmes to drive better representation in our leadership, and ensuring diversity and inclusivity in our workforce as well as the journalism and content we produce. We also currently have 12 employee led networks and groups that support our strategy and connect like minded employees socially.


Some of our benefits include:

  • 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

  • Private medical insurance including coverage for pre-existing conditions

  • Discounted gym memberships, free ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual yoga classes

  • ‘Bikes for Work’ and ‘Electric Car’ scheme

  • Access to exclusive events Up to 60% discount on Harper Collins books and competitions with exciting brands such as talkSPORT, Virgin Radio UK & The Times. Weekly virtual panel chats with top journalists and celebrities

  • Access to wellbeing benefits such as EAP, physio/massage and counselling

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

  • 30 days holiday, plus bank holidays and up to 4 volunteering days per year

We want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to perform to their best when applying for a role. If you would like to receive any information in a different way or for us to do anything differently to support you apply for any of our roles please contact us on


The Sun is Britain's biggest newspaper and an iconic British brand. It is bought by almost 2 million each day, read by 5 million, and reaches millions more online and across social media.

The Sun's journalism sets the news agenda day in, day out. Our content is reproduced daily by rivals who can't match our world class stories and creative ideas.

The Sun therefore attracts the most talented, dedicated and creative people in the industry. The Sun's staff stretch themselves on a daily basis, challenging the status quo to produce the best possible product for our readers.

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

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