Could you be a new section editor for The F-Word?

Are you a feminist who believes in the power of good media to make change? Does the idea of working with women across the UK to share their views and stories excite you? The F-Word is seeking some new volunteers for the site, so this may be your chance!

The F-Word currently has editors covering comedy, comics, non-fiction books, theatre and visual arts, but we’re seeking new section editors to add to the site. We’d really like to hear from people who are interested in covering music, film and/or TV, but we’d also like to hear from you if you’d like to start a section that The F-Word doesn’t have at the moment. Maybe you’d like to be our podcast editor, our our sports editor or our science editor? Let us know!

For this role, your main duties will be:

  • sourcing ideas for features, reviews and interviews
  • commissioning features and reviews, with a focus on encouraging new voices from a range of backgrounds and diverse perspectives
  • responding to pitches: being able to give constructive feedback to pitches that need some work, and knowing when to say no to pitches that don’t seem right for us
  • working with a broad range of contributors, from those who have never written for a publication to experienced journalists
  • liaising with PR companies and external organisations in order to obtain review tickets, images and so on
  • editing submissions in line with house tone and values, including working with writers on necessary amends
  • posting and sourcing images for posts, with a focus on finding images that represent a diverse range of identities and experiences
  • working with other section editors and The F-Word team, where necessary
  • second-editing pieces from other sections, as per the team’s rota
  • attending Skype meetings every two months and contributing to site-wide decisions.

This is what you will bring:

  • enthusiasm for The F-Word’s mission and values
  • at least a few hours per week (on average) to dedicate to this section, along with regular internet access
  • confidence and sensitivity when giving submissions a critical edit, working hard to engage the author in a constructive way while retaining quality of content
  • ideally, familiarity with WordPress and willingness to learn some basic HTML skills
  • ideas and creativity for how you can develop your part of the site
  • willingness to work as part of a team, alongside other editors
  • commitment to the role for at least six months, with a minimum notice period of one month.

We invite applications from self-identified women/genderqueer people/non-binary people/ those who do not define as male.

Founded in 2001, The F-Word is an online magazine with a rich heritage of discussing key issues and ideas that impact, and are impacted by, contemporary feminisms from the UK and elsewhere. The site has developed alongside various conversations and societal shifts in the last 17 years, and seeks to welcome and share perspectives and experiences from a diverse range of women and non-binary people. This could include older women, disabled women, working class women, sex workers, women of minority ethnicities (including Black, Asian, migrant or refugee women and women of dual or multiple ethnic heritage), trans women, lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer women, and/or socialist feminists.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list – please don’t be put off from emailing us if you’re interested but don’t identify with the perspectives above, particularly if you feel your perspective is currently under-represented in the feminist blogosphere.

Please note that The F-Word is run entirely online by unpaid volunteers. We are aware of current discussions around the politics and ethics of expecting people to work for free, but can unfortunately only offer permanent volunteer roles. The fact nobody involved in the site is paid for their work here means there is no hierarchy or differentiation between paid and unpaid positions.

To apply please email us ([email protected]) with a brief message setting out a) which section you are interested in and why, b) how you would develop this area of the The F-Word’s work and c) any prior relevant experience.

The deadline for applications is 10:00am on Monday 16 September.

Photo by Judita Tamošiūnaitė from Pexels. It shows two women laughing together on a woodland path. They are facing each other. One is using a wheelchair and one is squatting down with her hands spread as if she is making a point.