LGC, Features Editor
Are you an experienced journalist who is passionate about local services? Do you want your work to influence people in positions of responsibility across the country?
LGCplus.com and Local Government Chronicle magazine are the leading information sources for decision makers in town, city and county halls nationwide.
Key themes of LGC’s coverage include council finance, local government innovation, central/local political battles, how services can be transformed in response to diminished budgets and the relationships of councils with partner bodies such as the NHS, police and private companies.
LGC has a history stretching back over 160 years. In addition to its journalism, it also runs agenda-setting conferences and events, including the LGC Awards, which is the biggest celebration of British local government talent.
LGC is seeking a features editor with strong content commissioning and editing skills.
We want someone who is keen to engage with senior figures in local government and beyond, is enthusiastic about organising and delivering commercial projects including roundtables and supplements, and is also able to lead our coverage of councils’ multi-billion pound pension investments.
We are looking for a well-organised, self-starter, who is able to adapt to the changing demands of the job as different projects emerge and is able to manage deadlines.
Although we’re advertising this as a single job we would be open to splitting the different elements of the role should appropriate candidates come forward seeking a part-time position or job share.
- Editing, commissioning and writing copy
- Commissioning articles from leading opinion formers in local government and beyond
- Identifying and commissioning articles on best practice in local government for LGC’s Idea Exchange
- Serving as LGC’s editorial lead on commercial projects, including roundtables and sponsored written or filmed content
- Being the LGC editorial lead on councils’ pension fund investments. This includes liaising with key figures in the industry, attending events, commissioning content for four supplements each year and writing articles
- Writing or commissioning articles on the most pressing issues in local government
- Engaging with leading figures in and around local government
Qualifications and Experience:
- Graduate journalism qualification preferred
- Experience of work on trade title desirable
- A journalistic track-record of delivering commercial projects would be a bonus
- Able to demonstrate from past career that you can easily grasp appreciation of a complicated subject area – for instance on local government and pension investments
Skills and Competencies:
- First-class organisational abilities
- Strong commissioning and editing skills
- Ability to deliver commercial projects and engage with commercial partners
- Track-record of maintaining contact with significant individuals in a sector
- Ability to maintain a reporting brief of a financial nature
- Strong at producing high quality, accurate work to detailed deadlines
- Strong knowledge of public sector, especially councils, is desirable
- Familiarity with the demands of journalism in the digital age, including social media and openness to the opportunities offered by digital journalism
- Strong web editor
Permanent, full-time (although potential to split into two part-time roles, depending on candidates emerging).
Send your CV and covering letter by completing the application form below.
Closing date: 26 May 2019 (although some candidates may be contacted and interviewed in advance).