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The Maisie Hylton Fellowship

Want to learn about how stories are produced and published? This is an amazing experience for an aspiring production journalist, all in the name of the wonderful, late Maisie Hylton…

The fellowship’s aim is to help aspiring Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic journalists gain insight and experience of editing at the Financial Times and to learn how stories are produced and published in print and online.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.

Maisie Hylton was a much-loved stalwart of the FT’s sub-editing desk, where she enjoyed a long and successful career before her sudden death in 2018. The Maisie Hylton Fellowship is being established in her memory with the aim of promoting greater diversity at the FT, a cause close to Maisie’s heart. She joined the FT in 1998 after a successful career at the Independent. She was valued by colleagues as much for her mentoring capabilities as she was for her sharp eye for detail, calm manner and professionalism in the face of deadlines.


Maisie was a production journalist, which meant working on crucial parts of the paper, including writing headlines and editing copy for the front page and designing newspaper pages. In her spare time, she supported various social causes and she was a prolific community volunteer, serving on school panels and as a school governor.

Here is your chance to emulate Maisie’s successful career by launching yourself at one of the world’s most respected and international news organisations.

Two six-month fellowships are being offered; one from early 2020 to Summer 2020; the second from Summer to end of 2020.


  • You will be embedded within the production/sub-editing teams to experience working on the newspaper and digital publishing
  • Enriching and revising the full range of print content, including page layout and signing off print pages
  • Opportunities to edit and revise online content, writing engaging headlines and captions to help drive traffic and attract readers on FT.com
  • In keeping with Maisie’s community spirit, the successful applicants will dedicate one day during their fellowship to volunteer for a local good cause.


The fellowships are intended for aspiring BAME journalists who can demonstrate an interest in current affairs and financial news and are capable of working amid the pressures of a modern newsroom. It is not necessary to have a degree to apply.

  • Excellent copy-editing skills
  • An idea of what makes an attention-grabbing headline
  • Ensuring the content is accurate and maintains the FT’s gold standard in world-class journalism
  • Be capable of keeping a cool head under intense deadline pressure

The role does not involve video or audio production, nor news writing.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to come to the FT to sit a short editing test and meet the team.


  • Upload a cover letter up to 400 words (addressed to Creative Access) on why you should be one of the fellows with a CV and any work you have had published. Please note, applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted
  • Specify whether you are applying for January, Summer or both Fellowship dates
  • This fellowship is only open to candidates from a BAME background
  • Do not contact the company directly