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Community Editor

Salary: From £35k dependent on experience

Location: UK 

Hours: 40 per week, with occasional evening and weekend work.


First Draft is expanding its work supporting journalists, researchers and topic specialists to now engage the wider public in raising awareness and understanding of the challenges presented by online information disorder. As part of this growth, we are seeking a Community Editor to help develop an accessible and relevant online voice and proactively drive daily interactions with a wide range of audiences. A core aspect of this role is to explore strategies that will help First Draft to learn from communities vulnerable to misinformation, testing presentation and dissemination methods, and taking time to build relationships with influential representatives. 

This role is suited to a journalist who is immersed in online culture and who can apply a confident and creative approach to exploring and implementing fresh ideas. Due to the nature of the work, interested candidates must be able to demonstrate an ability to work quickly and independently, and maintain First Draft’s commitment to the highest standards of accuracy and integrity.  The role works closely with our creative, editorial, impact, and partnerships teams, and comes with the opportunity to help shape First Draft’s output and pioneer new formats. 

The role will report to the Creative Director, and be supported by our Social Media and Communications Manager, and other representatives leading on community engagement initiatives. 


  • Work with First Draft’s Creative and Editorial teams to write and coordinate newsletters for public supporters of First Draft’s work.
  • Maintain all First Draft social media channels with daily updates, responses and proactive engagement, and contribute to the overall social media strategy.
  • Contribute to content production and format development that will help to engage new and existing supporters and audiences.
  • Proactively build relationships with influential online voices, with a particular focus on reaching underserved communities and those vulnerable to misinformation.
  • Adapt content and communications to meet the expectations and needs of existing partners, supporters and beneficiaries, including journalists, academics, students, non-profit organizations and funders. 
  • Develop an inclusive, accessible and effective tone of voice and explore and implement strategies for encouraging regular interaction with a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Work to continuously grow and improve First Draft online communications and promote First Draft’s work around the world.

Essential skills and experience

  • A minimum of two years working as a journalist, with a focus on internet culture and/or misinformation
  • Demonstrable ability to grow and engage an audience via social media channels.
  • A keen interest in global news and the complex online information environment relating to democracy, health, climate, migration and technology. 
  • Ability to articulate the nuances and challenges presented by information disorder
  • Expert social media monitoring skills, and the ability to use social listening and analytics tools to inform strategy and output.
  • Strong journalistic instincts to ensure First Draft responds quickly and maintains a relevant and appropriate online presence during critical news events.
  • Awareness of responsible reporting and the risks of unintended amplification when reporting misinformation.
  • Exemplary grammar (writing in US english) and editing skills, with a fastidious attention to detail and compelling, accessible and succinct writing style.
  • Awareness of best practices around online security and prevention and protection from harassment.
  • Some experience in public speaking and effective methods of online presentation is desirable.
  • Knowledge of digital content production software and workflows is desirable.

How to apply – Please email CV, cover letter and any examples of social media campaigns or projects you have been involved in to  Lorraine Mclarty, HR Manager at [email protected] Please indicate ‘Community Editor application’ in the subject of your email and also include information relating to your current citizenship and employment status, if not currently living and working in the UK. 

The closing date for this role is: Wednesday 23rd September 2020.

Recruitment Policy

First Draft is working hard to build a diverse and inclusive team in each of our locations. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, age, disability, religion, identity or lifestyle. We actively encourage applications from individuals who may traditionally face barriers to entering the fields of journalism, research, product design and training, such as access to education or work experience.

Successful applicants will be offered a position based on their demonstrable knowledge, skills and interest in our work and overall mission. All First Draft employees will be expected to take an active role in maintaining a positive and supportive work environment, as part of a proud, unified, considerate and respectful team. Examples of this are a willingness to support and encourage the professional development of colleagues alongside your own, and an openness to listen to and accept suggestions and criticism in an often challenging and high-pressure environment.

First Draft prioritises the welfare of its staff and actively promotes the awareness and prevention of vicarious trauma and other mental and physical illness associated with researching distressing content, and the long term impact of sedentary or solitary working.