Freelance writers

The Job

You will be working from home, writing news stories for The Day. The normal pattern of work is a phone conference with the editor at 9am to decide the topic and angle. Then a deadline of 5pm for the finished article. The finished article is actually a collection of different elements, including everything that you can observe on a normal news story as published on The Day (headline, caption, standfirst, main body, cross heading, coda, debating topics, activities, glossary and further reading). The work requires no preparation and once it is done, your labours are over. Initial training is offered for all writers. We offer shifts both (i) long-term on regular pre-arranged days of the week or (ii) ad hoc, as preferred.

Payment

The Day’s policy is to treat this as a single journalistic shift of eight hours, and the rate for a shift is £150. Invoices should be sent in at the end of each month. Money is paid to your bank account within 72 hours.

What's required

  • An ability to write in classic style, as a window on the world, aiming for maximum clarity and, thereby, avoiding any need to “write for children”.
  • As a consequence of this, an ability to write without hedging, cliches, excessive abstraction or unnecessary use of the passive voice.
  • An ability to distinguish between writing style and its deep roots in clarity of thought; decisions about story and judgements about what to leave out – and style guides which make rulings on usage conventions.
  • Having said that: a willingness to learn and follow The Day’s style guide.
  • An ability to stick rigidly to The Day’s story structure and character counts.
  • A lively philosophical interest in current affairs and a knack for spotting rewarding talking points for young readers.
  • An understanding of The Day’s vision and mission and a broad alignment of values.

How to apply

Please send an email and a CV to the editor, Richard Addis (richard@theday.co.uk) with “freelance writer application” in the subject line. Replies can only be sent to candidates selected for the next stage — an invitation to try out writing a story on a mutually agreeable day.