What will the apprentice be doing?
The Editorial Assistant role at Muddy Stilettos is wide-ranging, with the successful candidate undertaking feature writing, research, idea generation, image sourcing, office admin, and editor support. The editorial assistant is at the heart of the central editorial team, attending weekly features meetings as well as the HQ team WIP. As a fast-paced, dynamic digital business, we offer our editorial assistants much more practical experience than other publishers - they are at the heart of the business, with daily access to the Editor-in-Chief and ideas that are encouraged and actioned and feel truly part of the team.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
You will gain a National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) and a Senior Journalist Level 7 (MA equivalent) from the Press Association. Training will be one day per week release, a mix of training from PA's London office, on-the-job projects at Muddy and virtual learning set by PA.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
The intention is that you will stay within the company as a full-time employee after your apprenticeship ends. Our two previous editorial assistants were both promoted within the company within two years of starting their roles with us.
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Witty, Insightful Writing, Knowledge of Wordpress, Charming, Friendly, Social media savvy, A keen eye for design, Friendly disposition, Interest in Arts/culture, Hard worker, Open-minded, Keen to learn, Can-do attitude
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade C/ 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade C/ 4 or above) Essential
Other English degree (Grade Grade 2:2 or above) Desired
Other History degree (Grade Grade 2:2 or above) Desired
Other Media/ Journalism degree (Grade Grade 2:2 or above) Desired
Things to consider
This is primarily an editorial role and an ability to write smart, lively copy is vital. An appreciation and understanding of popular culture and the arts and our role in the lives of our readers is also important. A strong interest in the technical side of how the website works, and an understanding of social media. This role is based largely remotely, however you will be required to work in Oxford or London from time to time.