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The Times, Assistant News Editor

News UK
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
Sep 4, 2022

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Nationals, News
News Editor, Assistant Editor
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Assistant News Editor

The Times is looking for an assistant news editor to work with our team of award-winning reporters and deliver brilliant news stories for our digital and print platforms.

Applicants must have experience working on a news desk at a national newspaper or major news organisation. You will have precise commissioning and copy-editing skills and the ability to conceive strong story ideas to present at news conference. 

You will be able to demonstrate your ability to work under pressure, to tight deadlines and with rigorous accuracy. You must have an insatiable appetite for news and the skill to spot stories where others might miss them.

Apply with your CV and a covering letter by September 4.


  • Successfully manage productive relationships with the head of news, the news editor and the newsdesk

  • Work with editors, writers and reporters to conceive, commission and edit exclusive agenda-setting news stories for a print and digital audience

  • Use SEO, Inca, Parsley and Google Trends to help guide commissioning and construct headlines

  • Demonstrate an understanding of what works best for digital, offering content that is truly distinctive 

  • Attend news conference as required and present the news list to the editor

  • Forward-plan, working with journalists on long-range projects and big campaigns

  • Use social networking and other digital platforms for content generation and to promote The Times content


Skills and experience

  • Experience working as a news editor for a national newspaper or major news organisation

  • Demonstrable interest in news and current affairs

  • An ability to work under pressure, to tight deadlines and with rigorous accuracy

  • Persuasive presentation skills, well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to problem-solve and negotiate positive outcomes

  • Able to communicate succinctly and effectively

  • Able to use social media platforms to engage current and new audiences for The Times

  • Experience working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams 

  • A strong understanding of editorial compliance and regulatory issues


Life at News: At News UK we believe our people are our heartbeat - they are the driving force behind our brands and we want the ways we work to enable people to thrive.  Some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you would like. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but do provide multiple flexible working options.  Many of us work in a hybrid way between one of the News UK & Ireland offices and remotely.  

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group. 

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support. 

In addition we also offer:

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;

  • 30 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;

  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.  


News UK is a great company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are a company which has journalism at its very heart.

Our newspapers and associated websites are some of the most powerful media brands in the English speaking world, reaching 30 million people each week.

They are very different products with different values and different strengths, but all are united by a commitment to independent journalism that connects with our customers.

News UK is a company which thrives on pace. Our people stretch themselves on a daily basis, challenging the status quo to produce the best service possible to our readers and customers. We embrace creativity and initiative and we have some of the most talented people in the industry.

If you want to work for one of the world's most exciting, challenging and creative media organisations then News UK is the place to build your career.

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