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Contract Type:Fixed
Salary or training bursary: £2,000 per month
12 months
Company:The Economist
Location:London (remote currently)
Open to all
Apply by:08/11/2020 - 23:59
Start date:Late January or early February 2021

Social Media Fellow

Are you looking for a role where you can learn, experiment and work with some of the world’s smartest journalists and editors? Help shape the future of The Economist's digital presence...

The Economist was founded as a print newspaper in 1843, but today they have a growing digital operation and 50m followers on their social media accounts. Even more people are encountering their journalism for the first time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

The social media team comprises creative and enterprising journalists, some of whom join them on one-year fellowships to help shape The Economist’s digital future. They are now recruiting a new fellow to work alongside colleagues from our London newsroom. For now, this role will be remote, but candidates should be prepared to attend their London office as required.

The position would suit a graduate of a journalism course or someone who has some limited experience in editorial roles and is ready to take on a full-time role for a year. Applicants should be seeking to establish themselves firmly in an editorial department while learning through doing.


  • Produce posts for a variety of social media platforms, promoting the best of The Economist's journalism
  • Collaborating with section editors and news editors in London and around the world, as well as colleagues who produce The Economist's films, podcasts and Instagram Stories
  • Work on audience engagement, assisting in their push alert and newsletter strategy

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • A journalist with proven experience in producing content for social media and digital platforms
  • Sharp attention to detail
  • Evidence of successful collaboration with colleagues
  • An understanding of The Economist’s values, tone and audience
  • Awareness of what different publishers are doing on social media, push alerts and newsletters
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, would be an advantage

What to submit as part of your application

  • A CV and cover letter
  • A 400-word post for The Economist explains blog, on a topic of your choice
  • Two tweets and one Facebook post to promote your article
  • A 200-word pitch with a novel idea to promote your article on any social and/or digital platform

Your blog, posts and pitch are the most important part of the application and The Economist will read these blind (ie. without seeing names or where people are from). Only if what is written matches what they are looking for will they examine the accompanying CV and cover letter.

Fill out the form below to submit your application to The Economist.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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