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Wanted: online news editor for The Spectator

19 November 2015

12:56 PM

19 November 2015

12:56 PM

The Spectator is creating a new position, fusing together the work of print, digital and broadcast journalism. We’re looking for someone who can write, loves language and loves intelligent debate – but the emphasis, for this job, will be on audio and video.

It’s a great time to join Britain’s  most influential magazine. We recently celebrated the highest sales in our 185-year history; both print and digital are rising, our website is now read by two million people a month. But the staff team is small; there are only about a dozen of us. There is growing demand for our video and podcasts, and we need someone to help us meet that demand – while being able to write for Coffee House with the speed, accuracy and élan that our readers have come to expect.

Duties will include:

  • Being across the news agenda, spotting issues and making sure that we’re on top of the main ones. We need the relevant video and audio to accompany our blogs.
  • Grabbing, uploading and embedding relevant audio and video clips.
  • Producing (but not necessarily presenting) our weekly podcast, which is now listened to by more people than buy the magazine. This involves setting up discussions and interviewees. We envisage launching more podcasts next year.
  • Having a well-developed sense of the absurd. This isn’t a straight news editing job; it’s about applying the Spectator’s timeless formula to digital and broadcast. You’ll be working for our readers (and listeners): the best-read, best-humoured cohort of people in the world.

The closest job title is ‘News Editor,’ but like many jobs here it will bear little resemblance to jobs on Fleet St. It means keeping an eye not so much on the news agenda, but the views agenda – spotting emerging arguments.

If you’re a print journalist with little experience in audio, that’s not an issue: training will be given. Above all, we’re looking for versatility and the ability to keep up with our fast-evolving industry and the opportunity it is creating.

We have a no-CV policy at The Spectator, so please don’t send yours. In journalism, all that matters is whether you can do it – so we instead ask applicants to sit an aptitude test.

Please send a brief covering letter to, with thoughts on what you could bring to the role, together with details of your current salary (where appropriate) and any notice period. 

We won’t be able to respond to everyone, but if you’re being invited for an interview you’ll hear back from us by no later than 11 December with details of the next step.

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