Job Role: Politics Editor
Reporting to: Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (Editor-in-chief)
Job description: Full-time, initial 6 month contract
Enhanced sick leave policy
Monthly wellness sessions
Enrollment into gal-dem’s EMI scheme
gal-dem is an award-winning media company committed to sharing the perspectives of women and non-binary people of colour. We have proven that our journalism and creative work can shape debates, shift discussions, create new ways of thinking and contribute to social movements.
gal-dem is celebrated for content which supports and gives voice to our varied communities – and brings joy to them too. Alongside this, as a platform our aim is to become widely known for original and ambitious investigative reporting and original analysis. Our focus is on the stories of marginalised communities and incorporates anything from social justice and institutional corruption to cultural touchpoints and wellbeing.
As an organisation committed to diversifying the media and creative industries, we are looking for a candidate who shares our values and ambitions. Candidates must be able to empathise with, represent, and authentically speak to gal-dem’s core audience
As an editorial platform:
People come to us for stories and perspectives that they cannot find elsewhere.
We tell people-focused stories which represent the diversity of the human experience and seek out unheard voices.
We always seek the truth and apply journalistic rigour throughout our publishing processes.
We always put quality content over clickbait.
We continue to learn from others in the industry.
We refuse to tolerate discrimination of any kind.
We are not afraid to have fun!
We are looking for a motivated person to join our team as the Politics Editor. You must have an understanding of the lived experiences of women and non-binary people of colour.
You must be committed to journalism which represents the diversity of the human experience, seeking out unheard voices and sharing the perspectives of women and non-binary people of colour.
The Politics editor will:
Be responsible for commissioning, editing, writing and publishing the majority of politics content across the site, with a focus on issues including migration, human rights, gender, local activism, Westminster politics and stories from across the Global South.
Identify the key voices gal-dem should be seeking to platform and find writers and first person experiences from within our communities.
Generate and seek out original stories and content ideas not seen elsewhere.
Keep a close eye on breaking news and the conversations happening within our communities on social media, in the news and in offline spaces.
Acquire and nurture contacts with writers and organisations who may want to publish exclusives with us.
Use analytics and SEO to inform and improve the content we publish.
Commission illustrations to accompany politics content.
Help to manage and contribute to the annual gal-dem print edition.
Forward plan content, formats and features or ‘featurettes’ (eg. #EndDeportations) up to six months in advance
Ability to commission, write and edit work with flair, precision and speed.
Ability to manage long-form investigative work.
Strong communication and collaboration skills with writers, colleagues and managers.
Ability to generate fresh ideas that will keep the team on their toes.
Understanding of SEO and content management systems and processes.
Understanding of media law.
Adherence to commissioning processes and use of spreadsheets.
Truly believes in gal-dem’s values and mission statement.
We believe that our role in media is to give a voice to the people of colour we serve as a platform and respect the diversity within this — including members of the LGBTQI+ community, people from working class backgrounds and disabled people. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities.