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ConservativeHome is recruiting an Assistant Editor. This is a rare chance to join an editorial team producing expert news and analysis from the front line of British politics.

The ideal candidate will be keen to develop their knowledge, writing, editing skills and profile in Westminster and nationally. You don’t have to have worked as a journalist to apply – first and foremost, we’re seeking someone with a sharp mind, great knowledge of and interest in politics and the Conservative Party, and the ability to learn and adapt quickly.

The role is open to journalists, of course, but we would also invite applications from candidates currently in other fields who are looking to break into the industry – including but not limited to those with experience as Parliamentary researchers, advisers, speechwriters, campaigners, policy specialists and beyond. The ability to write well is key – if your previous work has been writing someone else’s articles or speeches, rather than under your own byline, that’s all welcome experience too.

As well as providing a front-row seat at a fascinating time in political events, and the chance to learn from our experienced editorial team, the position also offers the opportunity to develop your profile (and freelance income) as a commentator in the wider press and broadcast media. ConservativeHome journalists regularly appear in national newspapers and magazines, and on Sky News, BBC channels, GB News, Times Radio and others, which we encourage.

Salary: £35,000-£38,000 dependent upon experience.

Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing daily news, opinion and analysis articles on the subject of UK politics;
  • Editing articles from outside contributors;
  • Supporting the Editor and Deputy Editor in producing ConservativeHome content, and maintaining quality and consistency in output;
  • Fulfilling Duty Editor shifts – these include the production of a comprehensive round-up of the morning’s newspapers and our morning newsletter for 9am, and require an early start. The Assistant Editor would normally do around three such shifts a week;
  • Chairing ConservativeHome events and providing expert analysis at ConservativeHome events, in-person and online;
  • Representing ConservativeHome in the broadcast media;
  • Managing social media channels.

Key skills, experience and qualities

  • Excellent written English.
  • The ability to prioritise and work under pressure.
  • Political knowledge/experience. You are excited by political events, have a good understanding of the dynamics of Westminster and the Conservative Party, and are keen to develop further. Perhaps you have already worked in a newsroom, campaigning organisation, Parliamentary office, think tank, public affairs team or similar.
  • Writing experience. You’ve written about politics either in your own name or as ghost-writer/researcher/speechwriter for someone else. This might be for established print or online outlets, a personal or organisation’s blog, or similar. You know how to develop an argument in an engaging way, and what is and is not a story.
  • Drive and initiative. You are able to generate ideas for articles, are confident working in a fast-changing environment, and are comfortable following editorial instructions. We mostly work remotely.
  • Keen to develop. You are enthusiastic for a new opportunity which you can grasp and make the most of, and are open to learning new skills.
  • Understanding and experience of social media, particularly Twitter.
  • Sympathy with the values and aims of ConservativeHome.

Desirable skills, experience and qualities

  • Experience of using WordPress.
  • Event chairing/hosting experience, in-person or online.
  • Broadcast media and/or podcasting experience.

Start date and interviews

The role would start as soon as feasibly possible, dependent upon the successful candidate’s availability. Applications close at 6pm on Thursday 6th January, with interviews to take place in London very shortly afterwards.

Applications

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter and a CV to development@conservativehome.com

Links to examples of writing, social media output and broadcast experience are very welcome.