Senior Reporter, FE Week

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Location: London (Central) and home working
Salary details: £30,000-42,000pa DOE
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Are you a determined journalist with a track record of delivering agenda-setting investigative journalism? Do you want to work on one of England’s fastest-growing trade titles and carry out genuine investigations that change people’s lives across the country? If your answer is yes to these questions, then we’d love you to join our team.

Who we need…

The ideal candidate will be an experienced 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.
You will also have a nose for finding your own scoops – be it by asking the tough questions, cultivating great contacts, or trawling through documents to find the details others miss.
This role would particularly suit an experienced local newspaper reporter or someone covering general news for the nationals who wants to specialise and become an expert in their field.
You’ll also be able to demonstrate an ability to engage with readers and source and promote stories via social media. Experience of turning complex data into stories would also be welcome.
You’ll also have an understating of SEO and will be familiar with social media platforms.
You will have an NCTJ or equivalent qualification, including shorthand and an understanding of media law.

Prior experience covering education would be an advantage, but it is not essential because we expect our reporters to learn and grow on the job. 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 are spent in FE, so our job of holding leaders to account is essential
You’ll be writing about social justice, education and skills reform, 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.
Lsect Ltd, the custodians of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference and the prestigious Festival of Education, publish the newspaper. Lsect also publishes Schools Week, a digital newspaper covering the schools sector.
Our founders, Shane Mann and Nick Linford, are the only shareholders in the company. So there are no loans to pay back. No distant investors to keep happy. The editorial team can concentrate on writing quality news that keeps our community knowledgeable.
We are apolitical: giving an equally tough time to all parties and ideas.

We are a small and social team with regular company get-togethers and social occasions.

Where we are based…

Our office is located in the Liverpool St station area of London. We have a lovely office and environment. We operate a hybrid working model, with team members expected in the office two days per week.

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

Clearly, we think education providers are essential but what you know and can do for our company is more important than where you learned it (or when). Along with your CV please include a include a letter to the editor, Shane Chowen, which includes:

  • What you do currently
  • Why you’d be good at this job (with links to examples of your work)
  • Why you think FE Week would be a good fit for you
  • 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

The closing date is advertised as end of Friday 5 January. However, we will review applications once they are received. Successful applicants will be able to commence the role ASAP.

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