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Daily Star cuts retailers' margin

Retailers will reduce retailers' margins by 1.21p for every copy sold.

The Daily Star, owned by Richard Desmond, is to pay retailers on the basis of a standard cover price of 20p across the UK, instead of the current 25p.

The move will reduce multiple and independent retailers' margins by an extra 1.21p for every copy of the paper sold.

According to MediaWeek, the Daily Star - which has a circulation of 820,000 in the UK - had reduced the cover price from 35p to 25p in November 2008. It further reduced the price to 20p this year.

Accordingly, retailers' margin fell from 8.47p to 6.05p in November 2008, and further slid to 4.84p this year.

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has condemned the move by the Daily Star, which is expected to further reduce its cover price to 10p in July.

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We're hiring! Join the New Statesman as an editorial assistant

The NS is looking for a new recruit.

The New Statesman is hiring an editorial assistant, who will work across the website and magazine to help the office run smoothly. The ideal candidate will have excellent language skills, a passion for journalism, and the ability to work quickly and confidently under pressure.

The job is a broad one – you will need to understand the requirements of both halves of the magazine (politics and culture) as well as having an interest in the technical requirements of magazine and website production. Experience with podcasts and social media would be helpful.

The right person will have omnivorous reading habits and the ability to assimilate new topics at speed. You will be expected to help out with administration tasks around the office, so you must be willing to take direction and get involved with unglamorous tasks. There will be opportunities to write, but this will not form the main part of the job. (Our current editorial assistant is now moving on to a writing post.)

This is a full-time paid job, which would suit a recent graduate or someone who is looking for an entry into journalism. On the job training and help with career development will be offered.

Please apply with an email to Stephen Bush (Stephen. Bush @ with the subject line ‘Editorial Assistant application’.  

In your covering letter, please include a 300-word analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the New Statesman. Please also include 500 words on what you consider to be the most interesting trend in British politics, and your CV as a Word document. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12th October.