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We’re looking for a motivated person to join the Bristol Cable on an early career journalism placement. Come work with us for five months, making content about the issues important to you.

Position: Early Career Journalist
Rate: £9.00 per hour (Please note: Cable coordinators are all paid on a flat rate)
Contract Type: 5 months/ Fixed Term (18 November 2019 - 17 April 2020)
Hours: 30 hrs per week
Location: Bristol Cable office, Stokes Croft
Application closing date: 14 October 2019

Application Form and Full details of the role can be found in documents below.

About us

The Bristol Cable is shaking up local journalism, reporting on the stories behind the headlines and putting Bristolians in charge of their media. We publish stories that matter to the public not big business, uncovering injustice in our city. And we’re committed to amplifying local voices and compelling ideas. 

There are huge issues with diversity in the media, and unpaid internships are part of the problem. Young people who get financial support from their families or can live cheaply in commuting distance from London are at a huge advantage. Meanwhile, people who can’t afford to work unpaid find it harder to get their foot in the door. This has a huge impact on the diversity of journalists in this country and the media produced.

With this in mind, we particularly welcome applicants who are from backgrounds currently under-represented in mainstream media. 

This is why the Bristol Cable is excited to launch a new paid position for people looking to get into journalism.

The Role

We’re after somebody to join our early career journalism placement and work with us for five months in a paid role where you will make original journalism for the Bristol Cable – it could be articles, videos or podcasts, depending on your interests and experience. You will work alongside our small team of journalists to develop your skills, portfolio and networks as part of the Cable - a globally recognised pioneer in local journalism.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get stuck into producing journalism in the public interest. You won’t be expected to produce investigations, but will work towards creating media that is in-depth, challenging and highlights what’s really going on in Bristol.

No qualifications necessary just good ideas, a track record of journalism (be it on a blog/vlog, student newspaper, radio, journal, trade magazine, newspaper or other), and a strong desire to work in journalism.

If this sounds like you, then apply for our Early Career Journalism Placement:

  • You are a creative storyteller who is curious about the world around you.
  • You are fascinated by news, current affairs and/or the state of the world.
  • You love meeting people and sharing people’s stories.
  • You are committed to local journalism that holds the powerful to account 
  • You want to tell original stories about Bristol and its communities

During this five month scheme, you will work alongside our dedicated and supportive media team. This placement will offer you hands-on experience in research, writing and / or publishing multimedia content.

You will also receive some training with the Centre for Investigative Journalism.


  • Pitch and produce original stories for the Bristol Cable (in article, podcast or video format)
  • Assist with journalism research (e.g.interviewing, attending public meetings, social media and data analysis)
  • Participate in editorial meetings
  • Meet publishing deadlines 

The Application Process

The application form will allow you to tell us about your experience, why you want the job, and a story idea for the Cable. If you would prefer to submit a video or audio recording as your application, that’s fine. Simply answer the questions from the application form in your chosen format and email to: or just use the forms linked below.

After the closing date on 14 October 2019, your application will be reviewed. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to an interview.

Access Needs

Let us know if you’d like childcare or similar costs to be covered for your interview or if you require an interview during school hours.

We welcome applications from people with different abilities. We are very keen to hear from you if there’s anything at all we can do to help you apply, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We'll make sure interviews take place in a ground floor venue if you request it. Please do contact Alon to discuss anything you might need to access and take part in an interview process.

If you have any questions about this role or the application, feel free to email: or call Alon at 07533718547


Please complete the Application Form by 23:59, 14 October 2019

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