Sub-Editor Training Programme, The Times & The Sunday Times

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Location: London
Salary details: £25,000pa
  • Full-Time
  • Starting Out

Job Description

Sub-editor training programme

We are looking for candidates to join our two-year training programme based in London.

Successful applicants will have an insatiable appetite for current affairs and culture. They will be able to demonstrate a passion for words and a keen interest in the mechanics of how stories are published on apps, online and in print.

You will be trained in sub-editing across our digital and print platforms, learning how to produce polished, accurate copy and clear, succinct headlines in house style and to tight deadlines.

You will complete a part-time NCTJ course and receive on-the-job training, mentoring and guidance from our award-winning journalists.

If you are offered a traineeship, you will start work at the end of August 2024.

What we’re looking for from you:

  • Demonstrable passion for words and interest in how to construct a great news story
  • Experience writing or editing for a student publication, local news outlet or similar
  • Strong interest in current affairs, politics and culture
  • An understanding of The Times and The Sunday Times’ aesthetics and readership
  • An ability to build strong relationships and work comfortably in a team on collaborative projects as well as working on solo projects delivered to tight deadlines
  • A positive, flexible attitude to work
  • Able to work on a seven-day rota including evenings and weekends

How to apply:

Please upload

  • A cover letter that explains why you want to join The Times and The Sunday Times as a sub-editing trainee (max 300 words)
  • Your CV

To apply you must have the right to work in the UK.

Applications close at 23:59 on Sunday April 14.

We are News UK: One of the leading media businesses in the UK and Ireland.  Our newsbrands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS. Our national broadcast brands include talkSPORT, Times Radio, TalkTV and Virgin Radio UK, and we have market-leading local radio stations across Ireland. Our world-famous brands provide news, analysis, opinion and entertainment to almost 40 million people each month. Spanning print and pixel, audio and video, events and experiences, our multiplatform brands are home to a plurality of opinion, representing the diverse communities we serve. News UK is wholly owned by News Corp.

Life at News UK

Driven by passion, guided by principles and acting with purpose. We represent, reflect and reach the nation, telling the stories that matter. We inform our audiences so that they can make decisions based on trusted information.

To do this, we believe our employees must represent different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. We strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy, which focuses on three main priorities – attracting talent from a wider, more representative pool, developing equity programmes to drive better representation in our leadership, and ensuring diversity and inclusivity in our workforce as well as the journalism and content we produce. We also currently have 12 employee led networks and groups that support our strategy and connect like minded employees socially.


Some of our benefits include:

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access
  • Private medical insurance including coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • Discounted gym memberships, free ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual yoga classes
  • ‘Bikes for Work’ and ‘Electric Car’ scheme
  • Up to 60% discount on Harper Collins books
  • Access to exclusive events and competitions with exciting brands such as talkSPORT, Virgin Radio UK & The Times. Weekly virtual panel chats with top journalists and celebrities
  • Access to wellbeing benefits such as EAP, physio/massage and counselling
  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%
  • 30 days holiday, plus bank holidays and up to 4 volunteering days per year

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when applying for a role. Please let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.

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