Freelance Reporter, FE Week

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Location: London (Central) and Remote
Salary details: £150 per day (3-5 days per week, 8 hrs) Temporary until Easter
  • Freelance Gig

Are you a freelance journalist with a track record of delivering agenda-setting investigative journalism? Do you want to contribute to one of England’s fastest-growing trade titles and cover a sector that changes people’s lives across the country? If your answer is yes to these questions, then we’d love to hear from you.

Who we need…

The ideal candidate will be an experienced freelance reporter who has a passion for investigative journalism, an impressive portfolio of hard-hitting exclusives and can demonstrate a strong track record in finding and breaking news stories. This role would particularly suit an experienced local newspaper reporter or someone covering general news for the nationals.

You will need to be available 3-5 days per week (dependent on team needs) up until Easter.

You’ll also be able to quickly get up to speed with the major players and hot topics in FE in order to source and develop your own stories.

You will have an NCTJ or equivalent qualification, including shorthand and an understanding of media law.

Prior experience reporting on education or public services would be an advantage. Our only deal-breaker is that you must have at least two years of work experience as a journalist for a local or national paper or website.

FE Week is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from individuals regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles.

Who we are…

FE Week is the leading digital newspaper covering England’s further education, apprenticeships & skills sector, focusing on investigative education journalism.

The sector is incredibly diverse, from post-16 students studying in public sector colleges to apprenticeships studying with private sector training companies. Billions of pounds of government funding is spent in FE, so our job of holding leaders to account is essential.

Our patch includes prison education, post-16 special educational needs, government procurements and education data analysis.

You’ll be writing about social justice, education reforms, politics and keeping our readers fully informed of what’s going on in the sector.

After eleven years of publishing FE Week, we continue to see healthy growth and maintain our position as the go-to information source in our sector.

EducationScape, the home of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference and the prestigious Festival of Education, publish the newspaper. EducationScape also publishes Schools Week, a digital newspaper covering the schools sector.

We are apolitical: giving an equally tough time to all parties and ideas.

Where we are based…

Our office is located in the Whitechapel area of London and we currently operate a hybrid working model.

You want to apply? Excellent. Here’s how…

Along with your CV please include a include a letter to the editor, Shane Chowen, which includes:

  • Why you’d be good at this job (with links to examples of your work)
  • Provide an example of a FE Week news story you think could be improved and how you’d improve it
  • 2 people, we can call for references (following interview)

If the letter piques our interest, we’ll follow up with an initial phone call and go from there. Our website can be found at

We will review applications as and when they are received. Successful applicants will be able to commence the role ASAP.

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