Applications to join The Birmingham Tab’s editorial team are now OPEN
Applications close Sunday 28th May
The Birmingham Tab is now recruiting for our 2023/24 editorial team. From breaking news stories to fun features and vibey quizzes there are lots of things we cover!
The positions available are Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, Features Editor, Social Media Editor and TikTok Editor.
Applications from all students are welcome regardless of previous experience, year or degree, but you do have to attend one of Birmingham’s universities. You’ll have training from experienced editors to get you up and running.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 28th May
You don’t need to have written for The Birmingham Tab before, but, as these are editorial roles, some journalistic experience would certainly help.
Most of all, we are looking for somebody who is enthusiastic about all things Birmingham. We want someone with energy, charisma and all round vibes (the ins and outs can all come later!)
We’re particularly encouraging students from minority backgrounds to apply. If you feel like journalism isn’t typically accessible for people from your background, please do apply.
Editor in Chief
We will be recruiting two Editor in Chief positions.
As Editor in Chief you’ll oversee the entire team of writers and lead the direction of our coverage.
You should be prepared to write your own pieces throughout the year and help the team in breaking the biggest stories on campus. You will also be in charge of ensuring all content both written and social is consistent with The Birmingham Tab’s standard of quality and tone of voice.
You’ll also be the main link to The Tab HQ and be supported by the team at HQ running The Birmingham Tab team.
The role is incredibly rewarding and a great experience to have in leading a large team in a fast-paced and exciting environment. To fit this role you should be friendly and supportive to new and existing writers, thorough in editing articles and have a keen eye for the stories that will make an impact and hit a chord with students across campus.
You’ll be responsible for making sure The Birmingham Tab continues to chase the biggest and most exciting scoops across campus.
This role often involves needing to react to fast-paced and changing stories as they develop on the day. You need to be able to sniff out a good story when you see one. You will also need to contact organisations and people for comment, as well as fact check and provide sources.
You’ll work alongside the Editor-in-Chief to write weekly and edit articles. The roles of section editors are not black and white and you may also be expected to write and edit features articles, not just news.
You’ll be working on stories just like these:
- On average, female staff at the University of Birmingham are paid 18 per cent less than men
- It’s official: This is the poshest Uni of Birmingham halls
- What do students at the University of Birmingham think about the strikes?
As Features Editor you’ll be in charge of writing and editing the most fun and ridiculous feature pieces.
You’ll be able to cover every aspect of student life from nightlife to fashion and food. There’s a lot of room to be creative in this role and we want someone who is witty, opinionated and knows what’s relevant to students. You will be working on pieces that cover current opinions, fun guides and witty commentary on campus life, you will also oversee the quizzes, opinion pieces, guides and other fun stories that we write.
You will also support the Editor in Chief in editing articles and writing every week, coming up with pitches and article commissions and supporting writers. The roles of section editors are not black and white and you may also be expected to regularly write and edit news articles, not just features.
You’ll be working on stories just like these:
- A guide to the best pub golf route in Birmingham
- Only a true Selly Oak resident can get 12/15 on this quiz
- These Birmingham Uni flatmate horror stories will make you wish you still lived at home
- I went to a Freshers’ Week night out as a Birmingham second year and here’s how it went
Social Media Editor
As Social Media Editor you’ll have creative control over our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
You will have an eye for the latest trends, memes and aesthetics as well as coming up with creative ideas to help develop our social platforms.
The Birmingham Tab’s influence and impact across campus is reliant on a top-notch social media game. This role is suited to someone who loves the ins and outs of social media and wants to gain some real experience. This role does not include editing articles, but you are welcome to write as much or as little as you like.
Your role will be to specifically produce Birmingham and student related TikToks on our growing page. You will create content following and engaging with current trends and memes and you must be comfortable showing your face in video content as you will be expected to regularly create vox pops interviewing students on campus or nights out.
You’ll also support the editorial team in keeping an eye out for Birmingham related content and watching for the latest news and campus gossip.
This role is suited to someone who is very outgoing and happy to talk to other students, and loves creating fun TikTok content. This role does not include editing articles, but you are welcome to write as much or as little as you like.
If you think you’ve got what it takes and want to apply for any of the advertised roles, please fill out this Google form. We’d love to hear from all of you and if in doubt, just go for it! Good luck!
Click the link here to fill out the form to be an Editor of The Birmingham Tab, or fill out the form below.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 28th May. Good luck!