Assistant Editor

This full-time, permanent position based in Manchester city centre would suit an established journalist with one or more years’ worth of experience in the sector and a relevant degree in the subject. The ideal candidate will be NCTJ-qualified, extremely self-motivated and absolutely ready to hit the ground running.

Cognitive Publishing Ltd is a business media publisher. We produce three market-leading titles, associated websites and multimedia content for a combined audience of over 600,000 industry leaders, including politicians, health executives and rail decision-makers.

The Assistant Editor will be responsible for supporting the Editor in commissioning and writing features across all three titles, as well as arranging exclusive interviews, attending events, editing news stories from the Digital Journalists, and proofreading all magazines we produce. You will not be afraid to follow leads, speak to C-level contacts, pitch your own ideas, get creative with your op-eds, and contribute to creative brainstorming with the rest of the team during the magazine production process. 

You will be an absolute self-starter who cultivates rich stories via contacts and has a keen ability to turn hard news into commissioned features or unique, thought-provoking editorial. The ideal candidate will rely very little on management and instruction and instead thrive as a self-starter who can stick to tight deadlines and think on their feet.

Essential skills

  • Excellent grammar, proofreading skills and a keen eye for detail
  • Experience in feature writing, interviewing and transcribing
  • Digital nativity & social media savviness, including live Tweeting
  • Demonstrable experience in journalism, especially in magazine work
  • Professionalism & a natural ability to network with industry leaders
  • A good grasp on government affairs, the NHS and potentially the rail industry
  • Accuracy & reliability
  • A solid, dependable team worker and a can-do attitude

Desirable skills

  • Contacts in public sector, NHS or rail
  • Newsroom experience

As well as focusing on magazine production and editing, there will be an opportunity to attend nationwide events, including major conferences, black-tie networking dinners and awards galas. You will also represent Cognitive at the industry events we are requested to attend, meaning you must be an outgoing person who loves to network and draw in audiences.

An ability to demonstrate an interest in government and public affairs, business and technology is essential, as well as having a good news sense and a portfolio of published journalism, ideally in featuring writing. You must have an interesting writing style, excellent spelling and grammar, and a confident phone manner. Knowledge of media law would be an advantage. Working quickly and calmly under pressure and writing and commissioning to deadline as part of a tight-knit team is a must.

How to apply

Send your CV, covering letter and three or four samples of your journalism to Luana Salles (Editor):

Expected salary: £21,000

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