Job opportunity at the New Statesman: Special projects editor (maternity cover)

The New Statesman is looking for an editor to lead the special projects team and produce its award-winning Spotlight supplement. 

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The New Statesman is looking for a journalist skilled in editing, commissioning, writing and production to work on its award-winning Spotlight supplement, alongside other commercial content. This is a temporary maternity cover.  

Spotlight is the New Statesman’s regular policy supplement, featuring leading policymakers and experts on major issues, from climate change to coronavirus.

General responsibilities:

• Writing interviews, features and news. 
• Leading the execution of Spotlight’s digital growth plan, launching new formats to engage our audience of senior policymakers online.  
• Commissioning features and op-eds. 
• Editing and proofreading. 
• Working closely with commercial teams on pitches and leads. 
• Recruiting and training writers. 
• Ensuring all commercial content complies with regulations. 
• Pitching and developing new projects. 
• Appearing at and chairing events, such as panel discussions and one-on-one interviews, mostly virtual at the moment. 
• Pitching and programming editorially led and commercial events.
• Managing a team of writers and an events programmer.  

Skills and experience:

• At least two years’ experience as a section editor or editor, with demonstrable experience of having managed other journalists. 
• A keen interest in policy, business and technology. 
• Expertise in print production, including flatplanning, InDesign and sub-editing 
• Strong contacts in politics and business, or a proven ability to develop contacts in a particular area. 
• A knowledge of media law.
• Huge reserves of ideas and enthusiasm. 

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to by 25 March, as well as a link or pdf to one interview or feature you’ve written that shows your suitability for the role and a short (less than 200 words) pitch for a new supplement, or a subject area Spotlight should cover, with a few suggestions for features/interviewees/writers and commercial opportunities. 

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