The Economist, Social Media Fellowship

£2,000 per month
14 Mar 2019
07 Apr 2019
Job Type
Full Time

The Economist was founded as a print newspaper in 1843, but today our analysis reaches over 40m people through social media. More people than ever discover us for the first time on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, perhaps through a video or an eye-opening infographic.

The social media team comprises creative and enthusiastic journalists who join us on one-year fellowships to help shape The Economist’s digital future. We are now recruiting again to that programme.

The role of fellow is the most junior on our team. It suits a recent graduate of a journalism course or someone who has some limited experience in editorial roles and is ready to take on a full-time role for a year.

Applicants should be seeking to establish themselves firmly in an editorial department while learning through doing.

The bulk of the work will be to produce posts for a variety of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for our print and online articles, videos and podcasts.

To do this, the successful candidate will collaborate with section editors and news editors around the world, and colleagues who produce our films, podcasts, Snapchat editions and Instagram Stories.

Are you a diligent writer who can absorb an article and turn out tweets that will shine while linking to it? Are you looking for a role where you can learn, experiment and work with some of the world’s smartest journalists and editors? Are you eager to help shape and improve The Economist’s presence on social and digital platforms?

If you answer yes to these questions, we’d like to hear from you. Send the following items by completing the application form below:

  • CV and cover letter
  • A single ‘portfolio’ document including a 400-word post for The Economist Explains blog on a topic of your choice; two tweets and one Facebook post for your blog post; and a 200-word pitch explaining or illustrating how you’d promote or host a conversation about your explainer blog online

Successful candidates will be hired on one-year contracts and paid £2,000 per month. The deadline for applications is midnight GMT Sunday 7 April. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. Our preferred start date is June.


  • A junior journalist with proven experience in producing content for social media and digital platforms
  • Sharp attention to detail
  • Evidence of successful collaboration with colleagues
  • An understanding of The Economist’s values, tone and audience
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop
  • Awareness of what different publishers are doing on social media


The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.

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