Vacancy: new section editor

Join the Red Pepper team to write and commission content on racism and xenophobia.

September 26, 2016 · 3 min read

*Deadline for applications extended until 5pm Monday 14 November*

Red Pepper is looking for a new section editor with first hand experience of the struggle for black liberation. You will be expected to produce content yourself and commission writers within a limited budget. Editorial support will be available via monthly editorial meetings with the rest of the team plus one-to-one meetings with editors, including advice from Gary Younge.

This is a part-time role over a fixed period of six months, at a freelance rate of around £100 per day, for the equivalent hours of three days per month. Work can be done from home or from our office at Old Street, London. Ease of travel to London for editorial meetings would be beneficial. We particularly welcome applications from women.

Some journalistic or editorial experience is desirable, as well as campaigns experience. Please see the Person Specification below.

Red Pepper is a volunteer-led media project that has been operating on a shoestring budget for over 20 years. Today the co-editors and the majority of writers continue to volunteer their time and skills for free. This paid role was made possible by recent donations to a black journalism fund, (including an online crowdfunder and an event) in an effort to prioritise the diversification of our team and output. We feel it’s an urgent priority to support black and minority activist writers to cover campaigns and creativity in areas such as: the Black Lives Matter movement, black feminism, detention centres, borders, police state, cultural appropriation, afrofuturism, the impacts of climate change and the sharp edge of austerity.

Personal specification

Desirable qualities:

Writing and editing skills with an eye for detail.

Ability to generate content ideas and approach writers.

Campaigns experience and a familiarity with campaign networks, particularly in the struggle for black liberation.

Sympathy with / understanding of, Red Pepper’s political stance: a pluralistic approach to radical social change.

People skills: an ability to guide writers, navigate editorial discussions and chase up deadlines.

How to apply

Apply by sending a covering letter just one or two pages long to jenny@redpepper.org.uk outlining your suitability for the role. In addition you may include an example of your work, should you wish. No CVs or references required at this stage.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 14 November 2016.


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