new!, Acting Deputy True Life Editor

London (Central)
05 Dec 2017
19 Dec 2017
Job Type
Part Time

Status: Maternity Cover, Casual/ Freelance

new! is looking for a dynamic Acting Deputy True Life Editor for at least six months’ maternity cover starting in late February, working part-time, four days a week.

The successful candidate will assist the True Life Editor in running a busy news desk and will be required to fulfil the following duties:

  • Keeping on top of current news, issues, anniversaries, court cases, new releases and important dates
  • Reading the daily papers and sending a list of feature ideas to the editors 
  • Chasing potential interviewees 
  • Interviewing case studies over the phone and face to face 
  • Keeping a log of contact details 
  • Writing engaging, emotive copy to deadline and word count in the typical style of new! magazine
  • Invoicing and budgeting, communicating with the accounts department 
  • Liaising with PRs from charities, publishers and TV channels
  • Working closely with news agencies to commission, edit and finalise relevant copy
  • Working closely with the True Life Editor to plan and schedule features
  • Liaising with picture desk to arrange shoots
  • Sourcing pictures from case studies
  • Representing the magazine at events

The ideal candidate will have at least two years’ experience as a senior writer or higher on a busy magazine or newspaper health or true life desk, and will already have a contacts book bulging with the best freelancer and agency contacts.

They will have a passion for chasing down stories and finding case studies for both hard-hitting and quirky human interest stories, and must be able to work to tight deadlines on breaking news stories. A professional understanding of journalism law is a requirement, and NCTJ qualifications are a bonus. 

If you are interested in this position, please email your CV and covering letter by completing the application form below by close of business on 19 December 2017.

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