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Production Sub Editor

The Stage Media Company Ltd is a long-established media business based in London Bridge, serving the performing arts and book publishing industries through two distinct brands: The Stage and The Bookseller. Our vision is to be the most authoritative and essential guide for helping people get in touch, get involved and get ahead in these key arts sectors.

We require an eagle-eyed, meticulous sub with strong InDesign and Photoshop skills, and experience of web publishing platforms, to work across web and print, ensuring that quality meets the highest levels of accuracy and house style. 

As a production sub-editor, you will be reporting to The Stage’s production editor. Work will be split evenly across web and print. The role will require a precision for copy editing and a flair for eye-catching headlines, as well as the ability to hook online readers with grabby social media posts. 

Main purpose of the role: 

To sub and publish content across The Stage's web and print publications, ensuring that quality meets the highest levels of accuracy and house style. 

To edit and publish web stories, reviews, features and columns, as well as lay out newspaper pages using Indesign, with both flair and attention to detail. 

 Key responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to editorial production, following quality, house style and speed of delivery requirements 
  • Sub and post copy to the website using The Stage's web publishing platform  
  • Sub and lay out allocated pages for weekly paper using InDesign 

For a full job description, please see available documents for download. 

Applicants must have strong InDesign page-layout skills, experience of using web publishing platforms, eg Wordpress, a keen eye for detail and the ability to work on their own initiative and prioritise tasks. 

A journalism qualification would be advantageous, as would an interest in, and knowledge of, UK theatre. This role would suit a proactive all-rounder who enjoys web publishing as much as print layout work and is keen to develop their sub-editing career as part of a busy and multi-skilled production department.  

(Please note, while the role involves writing tasks including headlines and social media posts, this is not a writing role.) 

Home working is supported, but, circumstances allowing, the role will primarily be based in the office (approx. 3 days a week in the office). 

How to apply:
To apply to this vacancy click the apply button below. You will be asked to register your details. On the following page you should upload: 

  • Your CV 
  • A short covering letter (max 1 page) 
  • A pdf of an example of your own InDesign/sub-editing work 
  • If you are willing, the voluntary equal opportunities form you can download 

Once you have uploaded your items click ‘finish application’. 

Closing Date: October 5, 2021

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom. 

We is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

We will only use the information you provide to process your application. For more about how we use your information, please refer to our attached recruitment privacy policy. Please, read it before submitting any applications.

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Production Sub Editor

The Bookseller, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Production, Communications, Business Development, Social Media, Editorial
Production Sub Editor
Salary description: 
£ 21,000 - £24,000 p.a. depending on experience

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