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Grey Cardigan: What price ability?

Having just suffered the guilt of taking on an Evening Beast trainee on a salary of £15k (and that’s out in the sticks), I was most interested in the pay on offer for this London-based job advertised by arch-blogger Iain Dale. And it’s not as if they don’t want much!

Staff/Online Writer. Total Politics:

Total Politics is the UK’s leading monthly political lifestyle magazine and in just two years has established itself as the only magazine read at all levels of UK government and across the political spectrum.

Total Politics prides itself on being unremittingly positive about the political process, publishing agenda-setting interviews with the biggest names in British politics, sparking debate with hard-hitting features, and raising standards by informing readers about the latest in political campaign techniques and technology.

Core responsibilities
• Blog and write articles for the Total Politics website, producing timely and proactive content
• Construct special sections to be included in Total Politics magazine, from ideas through to completion
• Be available and willing to contribute to various sections of the magazine when required, producing well-written and accurate features and articles
• Interview leading political figures
• Attend political events
• Work alongside advertising to produce well researched articles that appeal to commercial interests

Essential attributes
• An undergraduate degree of 2:1 or above
• Experience of writing, including features and interviewing
• Excellent spelling and grammar
• Experience of subbing
• Experience of online journalism
• Ability to write in a descriptive but concise style
• A solid knowledge of British politics
• Ability to grasp concepts quickly
• Excellent computer skills
• Good project management skills
• An ability to work quickly against a constantly changing news agenda

Desirable skills
• A post-graduate qualification in journalism
• An ability to understand basic HTML coding

Desirable personal qualities
• Self-motivated and proactive
• Flexible and adaptable
• Good team-worker with ability to work alone
• Hands-on approach to work
• Quick-learner
• Good attention to detail
• Enthusiastic

Are you ready for this?


Go on, have a guess.





Is it just me, or is that crap?




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