Features Editor

Local Government Chronicle

Local Government faces increasing challenges and an ever-expanding volume of information about policy and performance. LGC provides the best possible insight to help councils transform local government and deliver better local services. Free from political bias, LCG experts investigate and analyse local government’s biggest issues.

Our growing subscriber base enjoys unlimited access to our digital information service LGCplus.com, regular news alerts, jobs, daily briefing and magazine offering insight, commentary, data, best practice inspiration and opinion on the most important issues facing the sector. LGC also brings key local government players together through the sector’s biggest celebration of excellence – the LGC Awards – and events including the Chief Executives’ Summit, roundtables and webinars.

Since 1856 LGC has been the independent voice at the heart of Local Government. Today, LGC’s digital services and networking events focus on most important developments and provide exclusive data and best practice to aid decision-making.

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London, Paul Street

Are you an experienced journalist who is passionate about local services? Do you want your work to influence people in positions of responsibility across the country?

LGCplus.com and Local Government Chronicle magazine are the leading information sources for decision makers in town, city and county halls nationwide.

Key themes of LGC’s coverage include council finance, local government innovation, central/local political battles, how services can be transformed in response to diminished budgets and the relationships of councils with partner bodies such as the NHS, police and private companies.

LGC has a history stretching back over 160 years. In addition to its journalism, it also runs agenda-setting conferences and events, including the LGC Awards, which is the biggest celebration of British local government talent.

The role:

LGC is seeking a features editor with strong content commissioning and editing skills.

We want someone who is keen to engage with senior figures in local government and beyond, is enthusiastic about organising and delivering commercial projects including roundtables and supplements, and is also able to lead our coverage of councils’ multi-billion pound pension investments.

We are looking for a well-organised, self-starter, who is able to adapt to the changing demands of the job as different projects emerge and is able to manage deadlines.

Although we’re advertising this as a single job we would be open to splitting the different elements of the role should appropriate candidates come forward seeking a part-time position or job share.

Key Accountabilities: 
  • Editing, commissioning and writing copy
  • Commissioning articles from leading opinion formers in local government and beyond
  • Identifying and commissioning articles on best practice in local government for LGC’s Idea Exchange
  • Serving as LGC’s editorial lead on commercial projects, including roundtables and sponsored written or filmed content
  • Being the LGC editorial lead on councils’ pension fund investments. This includes liaising with key figures in the industry, attending events, commissioning content for four supplements each year and writing articles
  • Writing or commissioning articles on the most pressing issues in local government
  • Engaging with leading figures in and around local government
  • Graduate journalism qualification preferred
  • Experience of work on trade title desirable
  • A journalistic track-record of delivering commercial projects would be a bonus
  • Able to demonstrate from past career that you can easily grasp appreciation of a complicated subject area – for instance on local government and pension investments
Skills & Competencies: 
  • First-class organisational abilities
  • Strong commissioning and editing skills
  • Ability to deliver commercial projects and engage with commercial partners
  • Track-record of maintaining contact with significant individuals in a sector
  • Ability to maintain a reporting brief of a financial nature
  • Strong at producing high quality, accurate work to detailed deadlines
  • Strong knowledge of public sector, especially councils, is desirable
  • Familiarity with the demands of journalism in the digital age, including social media and openness to the opportunities offered by digital journalism
  • Strong web editor

Please email you CV and Cover Letter to nick.golding@emap.com to apply for this job

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