Three-and-a-half month paid Editorial Internship
Get hands-on experience in all aspects of running a local multimedia publication including your own bylines during our three-and-a-half-month paid internship at our flagship title Roman Road LDN magazine .
Placements schedule: Autumn (early-September to late December), Winter: (January to mid-April), Spring (mid-April to end of July). Please note: internships cannot be done remotely and start dates cannot be delayed.
Application deadline: We arrange internships about six weeks beforehand. However, due to our August recess, we’ll be interviewing candidates for the Autumn intern in June.
Apply to: Send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com or use the form below, and tell us about yourself and your interest in what we do at Social Streets.
Try everything from pitching, researching, interviewing, writing, photography and creating filming reels.
Be part of a publication that is embedded in the local community and writes meaningful journalism that makes a difference.
Work as part of a close-knit, supportive team and receive one-to-one training and mentoring with plenty of bylines.
About the long internship
This paid internship is designed for emerging creative and media professionals who would like the opportunity to gain real-life experience in news writing and magazine publishing and to use their skills for social action at the same time. Most applicants will have completed journalism training to BA or MA level or be career changers with transferrable skills.
We are a small team with a varied output covering lifestyle, shopping, heritage, culture, human interest and news. Interns will get the opportunity to pitch ideas, have their own bylines, pound the pavements, and gain experience in research, news coverage, interviewing, features, reviews and social media. As a social enterprise, we prioritise personal and professional development in the workplace, and the intern will benefit from our supportive office culture and one-on-one mentoring with Tabitha Stapely.
You will be assisting the Deputy Editor in the following:
- Assisting the editorial team with research, interviewing and writing where necessary
- Writing stories, progressing from event listing, to news stories to feature articles
- Social media management, alternating from being the lead on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
- Analysing data on Google Analytics and social platforms to gather insights and report on performance
- Compiling weekly newsletters and sending them out using Mailchimp
- Processing and optimising images for the website on Photoshop
- Optimising content for the website using the Yoast software (metadata and onpage SEO)
Duration: three-and-half months
Pay: £50 per day
Days: four days per week
Times: 9am to 5.30pm
Location: Bow, East London
Do you offer shorter internships?
Shorter internships of one month are also available. They offer the same benefits as the three-and-a-half month internship with two differences. The duration of this internship is a maximum of one month and cannot be extended. The short internship covers expenses only, at a rate of £10 per day (unless working remotely, in which case no expenses are offered).
Do you offer academic placements for MAs and phd students?
We accept two-week academic placements completed as part of an accredited journalism course. These placements are not paid. Costs are expected to be covered by the university degree course arrangements.
We welcome master’s students for longer placements too, whose courses require that they undertake specific projects, with structured outputs for assessment during their time working in the organisation. These projects are co-designed with the students where the focus is on the students area of interest primarily, but also on the needs of the organisation at the time.
What are you looking for?
When you apply it would be helpful is you could demonstrate the following:
- A willingness to pitch in with everything
- An interest in journalism or media
- An interest in social enterprises
- Good writing skills – links to previous written work is welcomed.
Are you office based?
Yes, we are office based. This is a requirement of the internship as we are reporting on the local community and need to pound the pavements daily. Unless legally required, we do not work remotely.
I started as an intern and then got a full time job at Roman Road LDN in 2019. As an employer Tabitha Stapely has taught me more than I can say, from effective team management to turning passion for the local area and amazing journalistic ability into something that really does good. Thanks to Tabitha it has stuck with me that communication and empathy are everything, either among colleagues or with people from the community. She is always behind you as an employer – to push you to reach your potential, to educate you from the massive library of her skills and expertise, and to support you when you need help.
I wanted to be part of something that does something meaningful, which is a rare thing in starter journalism job. There is a real freedom here – Tabitha encourages her interns to pursue topics that are of interest to them. In my case this was music, which allowed me to talk to the many grime artists in the area. The editorial team is small so the pace of production matches most nationals, which is why it was such a great learning experience. The level of feedback and encouragement is something that I didn’t even experience at my Masters course…and I paid for that! Under Tabitha Stapely’s watchful eye, I got to do the thing I’m passionate about while learning a heap-load, which will stand me in good stead for the future.
It was important for me to work for a publication that shared my values. I loved Roman Road LDN’s innovative take on local journalism. Their human-interest angle, sustainable business model and hyper-local focus were exciting to me. It was a terrific introduction to journalism. I was writing my first story in my second week and able to pursue my own ideas, one of which led to interviewing a local architect whose work I greatly admired. I was taken seriously as part of the team, and wasn’t “just an intern”.’
Initially, I didn’t have much professional confidence. But through thorough feedback from all members of the RomanRoadLDN team my writing noticeably improved and as a result I am now studying Magazine Journalism MA at City University.
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