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    Editor of the Margate Mercury

    As our current Editor is stepping down in December, we are looking for an ambitious and creative individual to be the new Editor of the Margate Mercury - celebrating its fifth anniversary next year! The Margate Mercury is published by Brightside Publishing that also publishes two other magazines in Thanet, The Ramsgate Recorder and The Broadstairs Beacon. The ideal candidate will be full of ideas and able to shape the publication and make it their own. The post holder should live in Margate and have editorial experience, preferably for a local magazine. They will need to be comfortable becoming ‘the face’ of the magazine and in forming and maintaining strong, positive connections within the Margate community.

     

    This is a part-time, freelance role, with a set fee paid per issue. Duties include managing an editorial team and running meetings, deciding and commissioning content and working with a designer to see the magazine through to publication. It is estimated that the role requires 30 to 40 hours of work per issue, spanning three months, with the month before the issue is published being the busiest and requiring the highest number of hours. It is essential that the postholder is able to organize their workload alongside other commitments. The wider team, including the directors, designer, social media manager etc., work together on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a workspace in Cliftonville, and the Editor is welcome to join them or use it as a meeting space where appropriate.

     

    The role will commence on 1 December 2020, so the Spring 2021 issue (published in March 2021) will be their first issue as Editor. The successful candidate should also be available from the last week September / start of October, to shadow the current Editor on the winter 2020/2021 issue, so as to ensure a smooth handover. Dates and arrangements for handover meetings will be agreed with the successful applicant.

     

    For a copy of the job description and person specification or to find out more about the role please click here. To apply for the position, send your CV and a letter of application (no longer than a single side of A4) to Clare on clare@margatemercury.com. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 11 September, and interviews will be held in the week commencing 14 September.

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