Newsletter Writer and Local Reporter, The Wimble

Location: Wimbledon, London
Salary details: £20 per hour (£400 per week, includes holiday accrual and pension)
Closes: 25/02/2024
  • Part-Time

What We’re Looking For

We are looking for a great London-based journalist to lead The Wimble, an exciting new local email newsletter covering Wimbledon. The successful candidate will be a versatile and engaging writer who can fill our newsletter each week with fantastic interviews with Wimbledon people, useful local news roundups, snappy segments about new bars and restaurants and interesting trend items about how the area is changing.

Initially, we will need you for 20 hours per week, although that could increase as the newsletter grows. In all likelihood, we will appoint someone who has at least three years of experience writing for a well-known title like the Evening Standard or TimeOut. They will know how to pick an interesting range of stories, how to report accurately and how to bring wit and voice to their writing. We need someone who either lives in Wimbledon or is close enough that they can spend time here every week.

Who We Are

The Wimble is a new title being created by the team behind the Wimbledon Quarter, a new neighbourhood centre in the heart of Wimbledon. The new Quarter is designed to be a meeting place in the heart of the town centre with spaces for all to shop, work, eat, train and more. This includes a Third Space health club, climbing wall, coworking space and virtual golf centre as well as new cafes, restaurants and many shops. While some of our stories will feature events and openings at the Quarter, most of the newsletter will look outwards to the wider Wimbledon community to produce a publication that genuinely serves the local area.

We are partnering with the Mill Media Co, who already run award-winning local media publications in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and Birmingham. Their team – including editors who have written for The Guardian, The Times and The New York Times — will be providing editorial support and advice to help us turn The Wimble into a high-quality publication. Check out a recent edition of The Mill to see the kind of range of topics we might be covering in one Wimble newsletter.

Key Responsibilities

  • Publish a weekly newsletter featuring local news, interviews, recommendations, reviews and features.
  • Write longer-form articles on a monthly basis.
  • Publish an annual printed version during the tennis in the summer.
  • Liaise closely with the Wimbledon Quarter team about events/news etc.

Must Haves

  • At least three years experience as a journalist.
  • A track record of producing accurate reporting and clean, engaging copy.
  • Capable of working independently.
  • Collaborative and curious mindset.
  • Live in Wimbledon or near enough to spend time here every week and quickly get to know the community.

Desirables

  • Experience with email newsletters (Substack is the platform we will be starting on).
  • Experience in online social media advertising.

How To Apply

To apply, please email alexw@romulusuk.com by Sunday, February 25th attaching your CV and including the following things in the body of your email:

  • An explanation of why you are interested in this role (three or four paragraphs max).
  • Links to three examples of your previous writing work.
  • Two ideas for things you think we should cover in The Wimble.

Please do mention Journo Resources when you apply, it really helps us out!

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