The Manchester Tab is looking for new writers and we want you!

Our open meeting is next Wednesday via Zoom

Looking to meet new people, create cool content, and be the first to know all the latest news in Manchester? The Manchester Tab is looking for new team members!

The Manchester Tab is written by Manchester students, for Manc students. We will be kicking off with a Zoom open meeting next Wednesday, 3rd March at 4pm. DM us on Instagram to find out more. 

Anyone is welcome to turn up, meet our editors and Assistant Editor from The Tab HQ, and get involved in one of the largest student news sites in the country.

What’s The Tab?

The Tab is a student news site across over 30 UK universities, with over 10 million monthly readers. Writing for The Manchester Tab, we’ll share your stories to our Manchester Tab Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (our Instagram has a whopping 11k followers!)

There is no limit to the range of stories we cover. We’re the first to break stories in Manchester, such as the fences being erected around halls in November and then being torn down; the rent strike and Owens Park Tower occupation.

We talk about mental health and hold the universities and power to account.

Other Manchester news we’ve covered includes student Extinction Rebellion protests and the New Zealand Wines police raid.

We also do fun features, like talking to the MMU student who accidentally posted her dildo on FSG; figuring out which Manchester halls Sex Education characters would live in; and rounding up all the best memes from Parklife (and, of course, keeping you up-to-date with when it’ll finally be back).

Why The Tab?

Why should you write for us? Modern news media is moving away from print, and writing for us means your stories will reach thousands of readers.

The Manchester Tab is a great way to get involved in a range of opportunities. Absolutely no experience is needed – we’ll train you up! There’s no commitment, and you can write as much or as little as you want around your uni studies and deadlines.

We’re looking for:

• Reporters who can fire out quick news pieces or write current and relatable features

• Meme makers and social media supremos who can get involved in our Instagram, creating posts to engage and expand audiences

• Love video? We’re looking for creative and engaging TikTok creators

Our team works with an Assistant Editor, who is based at The Tab HQ in London. They offer training for all our team in reporting news and key insight into writing features that will be read by thousands.

If you’re looking to get into media, look no further for great experience that leads to fantastic opportunities. Tab alumni often go on to work for big name global publications, such as the BBC, VICE, The Times and Vogue. Not looking for a career in media? Writing for The Tab offers experience and skills in a range of areas, no matter what you want to do.

Take it from some of our best Manchester Tab alumni: 

Mollie, freelance journalist and Mind Media Awards nominee – The Manc Tab 2018-19 editor 

“I was editor of The Manchester Tab in my second year after interning at their head office in London over the summer. I was struck by how fun and welcoming everyone was and how many doors it opened for me. It’s totally different from writing for any other student publication – you’re uniquely benefitted by having industry-professional editors only a phone call away for advice and support.

“There’s a lovely community of writers and you’ll get to meet students from loads of different universities at the annual summer and Christmas parties (in post-pandemic times). I had so much fun as a student editor, writing fun features, opinion pieces, breaking exclusive news stories that were picked up by national papers, I even got to interview The Vaccines and Brian Cox and got free tickets to Parklife Festival.

“One Tab article earned me a nomination for Student Journalist of the Year 2019 by Mind Media Awards. It was hard work at times, but at the end of second year, my CV was glittering. Now, I’m a final year and I write freelance for The Manchester Mill and Tribune Magazine, and I have internships secured with The Sunday Times and The Guardian.

“Lottie Tiplady-Bishop, the Manchester Tab editor before me who taught me everything I know and is now not only NCTJ qualified and works for Triangle News Agency but one of my best mates as well. We’re among many other former Tab editors and writers who have had countless career opportunities as direct benefits of working for The Tab. I can’t recommend it enough.”

Grace, Editor-in-Chief of The Tab – founder of The Manc Tab

“I founded The Tab Manchester seven years ago after I applied for a role at the SU paper and got ghosted. I had no clue what I was doing, I’d never written a news story before, and I hadn’t considered a career in journalism. My then-editor at Tab HQ literally taught me on the job, and within months we were getting thousands of views on our stories.

“The Tab Manchester is now is an institution – breaking huge stories that make the national press, and training some of the finest journalists on Fleet Street. But most importantly, it gives a voice to Manchester students – what they love, hate, what their concerns are.

“So whether you’re an aspiring writer or journalist, want to meet a new group of fun people, or just want to just make a change to something on campus, it’s the perfect place to start. And even if you’re a total beginner – we won’t ghost you.”

Tim, Editor of the Manc Tab 2019-2020

“The Tab was really good for me because it opened a whole new circle of friends up, some scattered all the way across the country.”

Join The Manc Tab

If you want to get involved, we have an open meeting next Wednesday, 3rd March at 4pm via Zoom. DM us on Instagram to find out more.

We’re particularly encouraging students from minority backgrounds to sign up. If you feel like journalism isn’t typically accessible for people from your background, please do get in touch via Facebook or Instagram.

No experience is needed, and you’ll have guidance from experienced editors to get you up and running, whether news or features is your thing. The process is simple. You don’t even need to apply – just get drop us a message if you’re interested and we’ll get you writing.

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