Advertisement for Social Streets' journalism graduate scheme at Roman Road LDN.

Fast-track your career in journalism with this 15-month intensive advanced journalism leadership scheme at Roman Road LDN magazine. Start as an Editorial Assistant intern, progress to Deputy Editor and leave as Editor.

Start date: Monday 9th September 2023
Application deadline: Sunday 5th June 2022
How to apply: email or use the contact form below, and tell us about yourself and your interest in what we do at Social Streets.

Local magazine Roman Road LDN

Gain experience in commissioning and editing articles and managing inhouse team members and citizen journalists.

Learn about onpage seo, website optimisation, data analytics and developing a strategy to grow audiences.

Deepen your skills in long-form writing including interviews, opinion, reviews, and long-form research features

About the course

Finding stories

  • Visit a plethora of tiny community groups, many with people with English as a second language and most of whom have no online presence eg email is not an option and stories have to be found in person.
  • Build relationships with local charities, campaigners, pressure groups, and social enterprises to report on their work
  • Pound the pavements to visit local shops, businesses and community centres
  • Speak to strangers on the street to gather public opinion and get the view of the everyday person
  • Immerse yourself in social media – we find a lot of stories on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Next Door

Creating content

  • Interview people, from the local shop owners and ‘local celebrities’, to marginalised people who are sharing personal and sometimes difficult experiences such as mental health, injustice or discrimination
  • Write articles in a range of styles, from factual news to human interest stories and light listicles
  • Edit work from our contributors
  • Manage and build our content calendar ensuring we meet our content strategy and create timely content
  • Source and manage our reader competitions
  • Produce our weekly newsletter using Mailchimp

Social media management

  • Optimise and share our content across social media networks including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Manage our online communities, starting conversations, responding to comments and moderating the Facebook groups we manage
  • Create unique photographic content for social media platform
  • Come up with ideas for and help manage our social media collaborations with other titles/brands/bloggers to extend reach
  • Develop our video and audio content

Optimising content

  • Oversee production and quality control of the website, applying best practice on page SEO
  • Build a network of reciprocated links
  • Help repurpose and refresh evergreen and cornerstone content
  • Use analytical tools to track performance of web content, newsletters and social channels and work with the editor to make improvements and inform strategy
  • Analysise our data to create monthly performance reports for every platform (website and social media platforms)

Skills required

  • A passion for local community! You will be able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and have the drive to seek out stories from hard-to-reach groups
  • A people person – you will need to be a people person, able to strike up conversations with strangers and build trust and empathy with people from diverse backgrounds
  • A head for seo. You will also need to be comfortable dealing with data, optimising content, understanding hashtags, cross-linking, alt tags for images, writing metadata and building powerful URLs
  • An eye for visuals. We create inspiring images that elicit pride and empathy. You’ll have an eye for Instagram worthy posts.
  • Be an ideas person We are helping develop a new model of sustainable community journalism that no wonder else has done. You will need to keep abreast of what others are doing and be willing to try new things.

About the programme

This 15-month programme is designed for people at the beginning of their journalism career who are interested in attaining senior journalism jobs such as Editor.

Months 1-3 The programme starts as a three-month internship that acts as a handover from the previous alumna and an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the area and Social Streets’ systems and workflow. Your title will be Editorial Assistant Intern.

Months 4-10 Following a successful review, you will be promoted to Deputy Editor where you will work closely with Editor-in-Chief Tabitha Stapely on more advanced journalism skills and training including commissioning, editing, SEO, content strategy and reporting.

Month 11 – August break. Offices close for four weeks.

Months 12-15 – On return from our summer break you will be promoted to Editor. During the last three months, you will be responsible for training the next incumbent, providing hands-on experience of managing and nurturing the talents of the new recruit.

Duration: Fifteen months

Pay Structure: The three-month internship is paid at £50 per day. During the following 12 months, you will move onto a PAYE salary and receive the equivalent of £21,500 per annum, £3,000 of which is paid on completion of the programme.

Days: Five days per week. Mondays are worked remotely and an opportunity to review learning.

Times: 9am to 5.30pm

Location: Bow, London


Do you offer other training opportunities?
Yes, we have a fully educational editorial floor including two to four-week unpaid work placements, three-month paid internships and the six-month part-time Digital Editor Trainee Course, which is free to Tower Hamlets residents.

What are you looking for?
When you apply it would be helpful if you could demonstrate the following:

A passion for telling stories
A proven ability to write
A determination to seek out stories that mainstream media overlooks
An interest in local journalism as an industry
An interest in social enterprises

What is the application process?
Round 1 – 15-20 minute video call interview. Opportunity to speak to a previous employee.

Round 2 – Preparation work and meeting in person.

Round 3 – Final interview for the last three candidates.

Are you office based?
Yes, we are office-based. This is a requirement of the programme as we are reporting on the local community and need to pound the pavements daily. The programme will require to work in the office four days a week. Mondays are worked remotely.

How much annual leave do I get?
Six weeks of paid leave. A journalist’s life can lead to burn-out and we think it’s important to have a ‘reset’ every year, which is why we take the whole month of August off, continental style. This is like a mini-sabbatical allowing people to do something amazing whether that’s being with the family or going travelling. The August break accounts for four weeks of your annual leave. Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New’s Year Day and the days in between Christmas and New Year are all paid annual leave amounting to on average seven or eight days of paid leave. Moving onto spring, Good Friday and Easter Monday are both paid leave allowing for a four-day break. This brings us to about six weeks of paid leave. You are required to work through the other bank holidays or take them as unpaid leave. You are not permitted to take further days of unpaid annual leave unless by separate arrangements and these must not amount to more than a day or two.