12 month fixed term contract
The BMJ is seeking an accomplished journalist to join its features team for a 12-month period to cover for maternity leave. Reporting to the Features and Debates Editor, the editor will be responsible for commissioning, editing, and writing features, a crucial part of the journal’s magazine content, through which we can lead the debate on health and provide readers with topical, compelling and informative content. The core focus of the role is developing and commissioning stories for our large international audience, but he or she is also expected to assist in commissioning our popular ‘Head to Head’ debate articles and the occasional essay from leading names in healthcare.
The successful candidate is likely to be a graduate with a recognised journalism qualification (NCTJ-approved) or equivalent, extensive experience as a section editor on a health and science related weekly or a daily publication, a detailed up to date knowledge of important issues and controversies in medicine, and good contacts both among potential writers and prominent figures in health care. You will have a strong track record in spotting big issues and knowing how to turn them into authoritative and sparkling copy against tight deadlines and within budget. Good negotiating skills and experience of seeing difficult projects through to completion are essential.
This is a part time role, working three days a week at our central London offices.
BMJ takes pride in its people and is committed to being an inclusive employer. As a values driven organisation, we support individuality and welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates. We are open to discussing flexible working options.