The Tab is hiring an Assistant Editor to join its HQ – here’s how to apply

Applications close Thursday 27th June


We’re hiring an Assistant Editor to join The Tab’s head office. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join one of the most young and innovative media companies in the UK.

Assistant Editors have one of the most varied and rewarding jobs in journalism – working with students to break stories and helping to build a new kind of news network. It is a role for ambitious young journalists who work hard, are capable of building brilliant working relationships with writers, and who care about original stories.

The Tab is a site covering youth and student culture – reaching over five million people every month. We believe young people are overlooked, and we exist to give them a voice. Our coverage includes fighting discrimination and holding authority to account, while at the same time telling you which Netflix shows you should be binging.

We are run by young journalists who like being first – our storytelling is brave, original and entertaining. The Tab is part of Digitalbox Plc – the growing media company behind Entertainment Daily!, The Poke and The Daily Mash. At The Tab we put young people in charge; the average age is 25 and many staff go on to run their own team within three years.

Some of The Tab HQ team

We are also hiring for a Staff Writer with a focus on news – see here

What you’ll be doing:

Day to day you’ll be working alongside eight other editorial staff, where you will be working with local university Tab teams to break big stories and publish entertaining features. You’ll be teaching student journalists the fundamentals of journalism, social media, building up The Tab’s Facebook, Instagram and TikTok networks so our stories reach their student audience, and recruiting new reporters so The Tab has the most talented writers in its network.

Assistant Editors also regularly write for The Tab UK site, and are expected to pitch in with ideas our audience will care about – whether that’s a hard-hitting investigation into universities, a Greggs quiz, a hot take on a Netflix show everyone’s watching, or trying out the latest TikTok trend for yourself.

Key responsibilities:

• Managing and editing teams of student journalists around the UK

• Finding scoops on university campuses

• Running and growing Facebook, Instagram and TikTok platforms alongside our student journalists

• Writing news, features, trends, entertainment, and investigations for The Tab UK

• Recruiting and training new student reporters

You’ll be working on stories just like these:

Cardiff University rugby team caught in huge brawl with local residents during pub social

Student repeatedly punched in face by bouncer at York Uni ball after headbutting him

Imposter who did not study at the uni snuck into LSE graduation in attempt to fake degree

Statues, merch and a murder confession: Everything that’s happened in the year since we lost Long Boi

Cambridge had the fewest applications of all Russell Group universities last year

Nottingham Trent student fell to her death after sliding down bannisters at pre-drinks

Knee-deep flooding causes chaos in Exeter for students trying to move into their uni house

Cardiff Uni rugby team allegedly banned from playing in league after ‘wife beater’ social

Lancaster students put in headlock and dragged by security after interrupting senior meeting

Durham Uni investigating after student had ‘curry muncher’ written on face at club social

Cambridge college apologises for targeting Chinese students over mess in toilets

Glasgow University ‘last minute’ makes online final exams in person over AI concerns

Students wearing blue shirts and chinos banned from Cardiff SU after ‘dangerous’ behaviour

Bristol Uni’s History Society rejects university crest due to slave trade links

Here’s why you should apply:

• You’ll receive £22,000 a year, with pay review after the first year

• 9 am-6 pm on weekdays (with the option to start at 8 am and finish at 5 pm)

• 4.30pm finishes on a Friday

• You’ll get 25 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays)

• An extra day off on your birthday

• Your own company MacBook

• Flexible home/remote working options

• Access to our plant-filled office in Spitalfields, East London, which has perks like free yoga classes and cake

• You’ll be working in a young, sociable and ambitious team

• 24/7 access to doctors via the private WeCare app – for your physical or mental health

• Company-wide parties, away days, and retreats every year

What you’ll need:

A 2:1 degree from a British university and writing experience for student media with a keen interest in a career in journalism or writing. A proven track record of breaking news and editing great stories and a proven ability to create strong working relationships. Ideally you will be located in or close to London and be able to join us in our London HQ where we work from two days a week.

How to apply:

To apply, email Senior Assistant Editor Phoebe Kowhai ([email protected]) with your CV, along with the following:

• Three links to stories you are proud of – and for each briefly explain why

• A description of two outstanding working relationships you have built

• 100 words describing something The Tab should be doing better

• 200 words about why you think you are suitable for this role

The deadline for applications is 23:59, Thursday 27th June.

Candidates must be available to start by September.