Social Media and Events Editor

The Political Quarterly

Part time - approximately 2 days per week

The Political Quarterly (PQ) is Britain’s leading political journal. Founded in 1930, it publishes analysis, insight and informed opinion on politics and public policy in the UK and globally.

The position is part time (averaging about two days per week) and although it is expected that the person appointed will be based at offices in Bloomsbury and have some fixed hours, we anticipate that a proportion of the time will be flexible.

The key responsibilities of the Social Media and Events Editor will be: to expand and develop PQ’s current social media presence; to assist with the organisation of PQ public events; to assist with the expansion of the blog, gradually taking on responsibility for expanding content, including commissioning and liaising with PQ authors; and to assist with the management of the website.

Background

The Political Quarterly (PQ) is Britain’s leading political journal. Founded in 1930 by Leonard Woolf , it has published articles by a wide range of political thinkers including William Beveridge, Samuel Brittan, Ernest Gellner, Richard Hoggart, John Maynard Keynes, Arthur Koestler, Harold Laski, Bertrand Russell, and Raymond Williams. The first issue stated that:

"The function of The Political Quarterly will be to discuss social and political questions from a progressive point of view. It will act as a clearing-house of ideas and a medium of constructive thought. It will not be tied to any party and will publish contributions from persons of various political affiliations. It will be a journal of opinion, not of propaganda. But it has been planned by a group of writers who hold certain general political ideas in common and it will not be a mere collection of unrelated articles..."[1]

Today, PQ continues this mission. It publishes analysis, insight and informed opinion on politics and public policy in the UK and globally. It aims to provide access to current academic debates and draw on critical intellectual arguments, but its hallmark is the use of plain English, avoiding theoretical and technical jargon. It is run by an independent Editorial Board and currently published by Wiley Blackwell. The editors are Deborah Mabbett and Ben Jackson.

As well as the journal, the Political Quarterly publishes books and a blog, organises political debates and events, and sponsors the prestigious Orwell Prize for political writing. The Political Quarterly is broadly centre-left in outlook, but publishes a wide range of authors and viewpoints. For more information, see http://www.politicalquarterly.org.uk/

Currently the PQ Blog (http://www.pqblog.org.uk/) mainly consists of spin off versions of articles that appear in the journal. As part of the blog’s development, we wish to commission new material and to increase the amount of content and commentary that it carries so that at least two new items per week appear. We want not only to make the blog more current and lively, but also to provide an outlet for new writing; to comment on relevant writing in other blogs including especially think tanks and political commentary on the web; to respond to relevant social media content. PQ social media is currently managed by Emma Anderson, PQ’s Managing Editor, while the editorial team oversee the blog.

The Post

This challenging new post has been created by the Political Quarterly Editorial Board with the aim of expanding PQ’s profile, readership and impact. S/he will work under the guidance and supervision of the editorial team and report to Emma Anderson. The appointment is part time (averaging about two days per week) and, like other staff who work for PQ, the Social Media and Events Editor will work on a freelance basis. Although it is expected that the person appointed will be based at offices in Bloomsbury and have some fixed hours, we anticipate that a proportion of the time will be flexible and that s/he will be available when needed – to Tweet about topical issues, to attend evening events, for example.

The key responsibilities of the Social Media and Events Editor will be: to expand and develop PQ’s current social media presence; to assist with the organisation of PQ public events; to assist with the expansion of the blog, gradually taking on responsibility for expanding content, including commissioning and liaising with PQ authors; and to assist with the management of the PQ website. The successful candidate will undertake initiatives to alert potential readers to articles, blogs and events, making use of contacts provided by the Editorial Board of PQ and the editorial team. S/he will ensure that all articles published in the journal are written up on the blog - either by ghost-writing posts for authors, editing author blog-submissions, or interviewing authors about their articles.

As part of the fulfilment of the responsibilities outlined above, the post holder will be required to attend and publicise PQ events, the annual AGM of the Editorial Board and the quarterly Steering Group meetings, all of which take place in London.

S/he will be a member of the PQ administrative team, which currently consists of the Managing Editor and the Assistant Editor/Company Secretary. As a member of this team, s/he will also need undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time and provide support during busy periods or periods of absence.

The post is for one year (starting date to be mutually agreed) in the first instance, with a two-month probationary period.

Skills, experience and qualifications:

  • A commitment to PQ values and the PQ mission as outlined above.
  • An interest in politics, current affairs, journalism, literature, and media.
  • An understanding of the political environment.
  • Experience of managing social media.
  • Good communication skills – both written and oral. A keen editorial eye for good English prose.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • Some experience of website management.
  • Education to degree level or equivalent.
  • Efficient, good at planning ahead and keeping to deadlines.
  • An innovator who will generate new ideas for blog content, social media strategy, etc.
  • Some experience of design software (such as Adobe InDesign) and design skills would be beneficial but is not essential.

Salary will be dependent on experience but in the range of £12 to £15 per hour.

Applications: A covering letter of application and CV (which should include the names of two referees) should be sent to: emma.anderson@politicalquarterly.org.uk. The closing date for applications is 25 September 2017.

Interviews will take place in London on 9 October 2017. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview by 2 October 2017.