Roles at London Student
Be part of an award-winning student newspaper
London Student is a leading student media co-operative for the digital era, innovative, creative and committed to covering the best stories. Working in London Student puts you at the forefront of campus life, breaking great news and sharing it in an original and creative manner. You’ll be part of a close-knit team of talented journalists, working in a fast-paced environment. All of our roles are intended to fit around university studies.
London Student was relaunched in 2015 by Ben Jackson, who went on to a journalism graduate trainee scheme. James Andrew Smith is our treasurer, Charlie Lawrence-Jones is our chair and Emma Yeomans is our news editor.
London Student editor 2013-2014
Working at London Student was one of the most fun and engaging things I’ve ever done. We made a real impact on student discourse and did our best to hold the university to account. I’d recommend it to anyone
To apply for any role, send a 100-word cover letter to email@example.com.
Some positions are marked as elected positions, and elections for the 2017-2018 academic year will take place in early October. Please apply using the directions above regardless, and we will be in touch with more details of the election process.
London Student is nothing without its writing team. If you’ve got ideas for comment pieces, would like to report on your campus, have impeccable taste and fancy writing us reviews, we’d love to have you. Find more information on writing for us here.
News Editor (elected position)
London Student has a proud tradition of delivering news of real value to students across the city. As news editor, you will be responsible for balancing the need for swift and accurate coverage of breaking news, and our ethical and legal responsibilities. You will be able to create and lead a team of writers, managing a weekly news list, while realising your own personal vision of how a digital student news site should be run.
3 Assistant News Editors (Politics, City and Campus)
Pitches, social media, tip-offs, Freedom of Information requests, eyewitnesses… wherever stories come from, they need someone to look at them and recognise their newsworthy potential. You will be responsible for commissioning stories under your remit and guiding reporters to cover the best news we can.
Politics News Editor: Everything from Parliament to NUS conference, you will be covering the where the political and student spheres collide. Decisions regarding higher education are being made in the halls of Westminster and LS has a responsibility to keep students informed about how they will be affected.
City News Editor: Local London news, student accommodation… all things “news” and “London” that affect students in the capital fall under this section. As a City News Editor you will be working closely with the Politics News Editor, as these stories often overlap, and with campus reporters who will be on the ground.
Campus News Editor: London Student prides itself in offering coverage to all the universities in London. As a Campus News Editor, you will be in charge of ensuring that all the relevant stories are being covered, managing a team of journalists that can respond rapidly to events in different campuses around the city and reporting to the news editor when needed.
Opinion Editor (elected position)
Great opinion pieces can provide fuel for campaigns, change the way people imagine a particular issue, and persuade (student) politicians to take dramatic U-turns. As comment editor, you will be encouraged to deliver on all three points by finding and nurturing excellent columnists who can get to the heart of an issue in 300 words or fewer. The comment section should exist in perfect synchrony with the student news agenda, so communication skills are key.
Features Editor (elected position)
A feature is a curious piece of writing that explores a particular issue, person or culture. You will be expected to lead a team of writers in producing tantalising content with original ideas, capturing imaginations and sparking debate. Not quite comment, not quite news, but features have just as much potential to make waves.
The sub-editing team are the backbone of any publication, acting as the last and most important barrier to poor copy and factual inconsistencies. As chief sub, you will be expected to have a good knowledge of the latest libel laws, a specialism in a topic of your choosing, and excellent editing skills. As an eagle-eyed sub, nothing will get past you. You must be perfect, grammatically, legally, and morally.
Your duties will include sub-editing copy to house style, ensuring it is clear, reads well and looks good on screen. You will be expected to perform legal checks, using your knowledge of libel law and contempt of court, flagging up any issues to the chief sub-editor. You don’t need to be an LLM graduate to do this, but you must familiarise yourself with our advice documents.
Social Media Editor
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram… Snapchat? WhatsApp? LinkedIn?! (eh, maybe). In this day and age, London Student needs a social media strategy that goes beyond the ordinary and captures new and engaged audiences from all corners of the social web. You will be responsible for defining the tone of our social media outreach, planning how to reach new platforms and overseeing our daily social output.
Social Media producers
We need fun and friendly faces to manage the day-to- day running of our social media channels. You would be responsible for managing our presence on specific platforms and trying to get our work in front of the largest audience you can find. Show us how to innovatively reach out to new groups and we’ll let you stick ‘Social Media Warrior’ on your CV.
Our sports section needs revitalising, with an editor passionate about covering student sports. We’re looking for someone who can keep on top of Varsity, takes an interest in boat races, and is also ready to cover any stories emerging from sports and society leadership, from lad culture to embezzlement. As sports editor you will be responsible for managing the sports sections and making decisions about which fixtures can or should be covered, and keeping your eye on London’s athletic scene.
London Student has a strong reputation and needs a distinctive marketing strategy to match. You will be expected to reach out to potential partners in order to create a financially flourishing product. We’re looking for someone who understands the business of advertising, and can build up strong relationships with our advertisers. You will be responsible for marketing London Student to potential business partners, negotiating advertising rates and working with journalists to ensure that our content remains funded, yet fearlessly independent.
London Student always wants to reach our readers in new and innovative ways. As Readers’ Editor, you’d be responsible for managing the relationship we have with our readers, and finding the best ways to engage them. The Readers’ Editor would be responsible for our newsletter, which goes out weekly/fortnightly with a round-up of our best stories, and would also handle comments, queries and complaints. If you’re passionate about marketing, engagement and building relationships, then this could be the role for you.
You will be managing London Students’ review section, covering everything London has to offer in terms of music, theatre, art and food. For our ‘London Unlimited’ section, you will find the best the capital has to offer pn a student budget, so that our readers know where to find the party or the Picassos with nothing but moths in their wallets. Responsibilities would involve: building relationships with venues and organisers directly to arrange press passes for our writers, keeping up with events around London and maintaining a pool of writers willing to cover them.
Music/Theatre/Visual arts editors
As section editors within our arts coverage, you will be responsible for: liaising with press officers to gain access to shows and interviews; reading and editing contributions to ensure articles are clear and interesting to read; and providing constructive advice and encouragement to writers so they are feel welcome and enthused to write more. Writing opportunities are, of course, included! This is a great opportunity for anyone seriously considering a career in arts journalism. Not only will you meet some lovely people and gain experience that will prove crucial when applying for placements and jobs, your own writing will improve by reading over others.
[Live] is our video brand, which exists as a Youtube channel, social video (eg Twitter and Facebook) and video integrated into our site. We’re looking for a camera-savvy individual at any stage of their educational career who can oversee [Live]. You will be filming and editing news and features packages, and commissioning video content from other contributors. You have the freedom to develop our house video style, and collaborate with other editors in order to coordinate brilliant coverage of London stories.
We often come across stories that require more than words to be understood. As our interactive editor, you will be in charge of visually representing the data we collect and analyse, allowing our readers to find their way around it easily. You will be working with our journalists, collaborating with investigations and analyses on a regular basis. Maps, graphics, video… the sky is the limit to what you can do in this position, and we are looking for someone with innovative ideas that can both support and improve our stories. Familiarity with relevant computer processes and some programming ability is a must.
Sometimes a story comes along which requires more than just 800 words. Our investigations have been nominated for awards, got us applause from national journalists and even kick-started careers. As investigations editor you will be in charge of spotting potential leads, assisting reporters and even getting stuck into investigative work yourself, in order to bring the biggest, best and most revealing stories to light. You should be familiar with basic investigative techniques such as FOI, data work and finding contacts, and also have a rudimentary knowledge of the legal and ethical restrictions on investigative journalism.