The Day, Writer

Location
Whitechapel, London
Salary
£ DoE
Posted
23 Jan 2015
Closes
06 Feb 2015
Industry
Journalist
Sector
Online
Discipline
Writer
Job Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Background

The Day (www.theday.co.uk) is the world’s first daily news service for teenagers and a pioneer of explanatory journalism. We aim to analyse important stories in the news, give background and context and encourage serious reflection on the underlying issues. We have over one thousand subscribing schools representing approximately one million students.

Role

We are looking for a hard-working, articulate and omnivorously curious writer to join our small but dedicated editorial team. With an ear for language and an eye for the interesting details that bring a news story to life, you will write daily articles and features on a wide range of topics, from science and politics to pop culture and sport. You will be expected to keep a close eye on current events and to contribute creatively to editorial meetings with intelligent, original ideas.

Skills & qualities

  1. Fluent, lucid written English.
  2. Ability to work rapidly with careful attention to deadlines and word counts.
  3. Wide general knowledge, including politics, history and science.
  4. Keen curiosity about what’s in the news.
  5. Ability to synthesize and summarise complex information and arguments.
  6. Comfortable working in a team.

Experience

If you believe you have the necessary qualities to write for The Day, we welcome your application. However, experience in the following areas would be a definite advantage:

  1. One year’s experience in editorial roles or a good track record of student journalism.
  2. Familiarity with content management systems.
  3. Good record of academic achievement.

Practicalities

  1. Pay is £20,000 to £25,000 per annum, dependent on experience.
  2. Working hours are Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm.
  3. Offices located in Whitechapel, but Sunday is working from home.

Application process

After familiarising yourself with the style of our articles and features, write a brief email to edgar@theday.co.uk with the following attachments:

  1. Your CV.
  2. A brief cover letter explaining your motivation for applying to The Day and suggesting at least one improvement to the site.
  3. A sample news story written in the style of The Day: up to 450 words exploring and explaining a topical issue and concluding with a ‘coda’ that sums up two contrasting perspectives. You should include a headline and introduction but none of the extras such as ‘Activities’, ‘You Decide’ and ‘Q&A’.

The deadline for applications is February 6th. Interviews will take place the following week.

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