Freelance Co-Editor, Left Foot Forward

Location: Home Working
Salary details: £120 day rate
Closes: 30/03/2021
  • Flexible Working
  • Freelance Gig
  • Part-Time

Left Foot Forward is hiring a freelance co-editor. You’ll be working with one of the UK’s leading political news and comment sites – writing, commissioning, and helping to develop and grow the outlet.

The co-editor will join us at an exciting time, with a new Freelance Fund, a refreshed board of directors, and a rise in monthly supporters at LFF. The role offers a great deal of autonomy and scope for shaping a respected independent publication.

Role and Duties:

  • The co-editor post is for between 2 to 2.5 days a week of remote work (8:30am-4:30pm), in liaison with the other co-editor. This can easily fit around other freelance work or a part-time role. The rate is £120 per shift.
  • You will be responsible for finding and writing topical, evidence-based news stories with speed and accuracy. LFF generally features four articles per day, typically evenly split between self-written and externally commissioned
  • Commissioning and sub-editing work from our network of contributors in politics, policy and campaigns
  • Working with LFF’s board to guide the site’s strategy and find new ways of growing our readership
  • Monitoring site metrics
  • Using and building our social media base
  • Writing/sending our daily ‘Look Left’ email on the two full days you are working
  • Working on fundraising appeals and line managing other freelancers

Essential Skills and Characteristics:

  • A track record of producing hard-hitting online journalism. We are looking for demonstrable writing skills, including the ability to write and edit copy with both speed and accuracy
  • A strong working knowledge of British politics and current affairs
  • Commitment to the progressive Purpose and Values of Left Foot Forward
  • Ability to ability to find off-diary, original stories and cultivate sources

Desirable Skills and Characteristics:

  • NCTJ training
  • An understanding of website analytics and growth strategies
  • Experience in fundraising and social media strategy
  • Understanding of media law

We particularly encourage applications from people of colour and those from backgrounds which are under-represented in journalism.

To apply, please send a CV of no more than two pages, including links to some of your work, and a cover letter (no more than 500 words) on why you are right for the role, to josiah@leftfootforward.org. Please include ‘Application’ in the subject. Please mention Journo Resources when applying for this role – it really helps us out.