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Join the Impact Editorial Team

We’re looking for adventurous, sharp-witted students to join Impact 2013/14. This is your chance to shape the future of an award-winning website with 24,000 monthly readers and a print magazine read by 10,000 students. 

Impact alumni have gone on to work for The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Vice, Wired, NME, Film3Sixty, the BBC and ITN.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 26th April. Elections will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, 27th April. Please prepare a short 2 minute speech about why you want the role. The best candidates will come with lots of ideas for their section.

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To apply, please click here.

The following positions are up for grabs:

Editor-in-Chief x 1

The editor-in-chief ties everything in Impact together, while directing a vision for the publication’s future. An appreciation of the dynamic between Impact and our student audience, a desire to experiment, and a willingness to make radical demands of the team are essential. A good candidate will never forget that readers come first.
Previous Impact editorial experience required.

Editor (online) x 1

As our website is now read by 24,000 people a month and holds three times as much content as our magazine this is a position with huge responsibility and potentially massive rewards. The online editor is a commissioning editor and will discuss with sections and the editor-in-chief what’s making the cut for the website each week. The ability to reach out to the editorial team to give (and listen to) advice, ideas and solutions is vital.
Previous Impact editorial experience required.

Editor (print) x 1

Impact is still primarily associated with its print edition and that will be your responsibility. A clear vision for where the magazine is headed is essential. As with the online editor the ability to reach out to the editorial team to give (and listen to) advice, ideas and solutions is also crucial.
Previous Impact editorial experience required.

Associate online editors x 3

The associate online editors work with the editor (online) to publish all content on the website. Good copy-editing skills are essential. This is a great position if you want to work your way up the Impact ladder.

“Had it not been for my experience of student journalism at Nottingham University, I would not be where I am today.” Jeff Randall – Presenter of Jeff Randall Live and editor-at-large of The Telegraph.

Managing editor x 1

The managing editor is in charge of budgets, printing and everything technical while also overseeing publicity, distribution, advertising and events. A good candidate will be keen to find new technology for innovation and to be hands on with the accounts.

Events manager x 1

A new position. You’ll be organising socials, the Impact Media Conference, launch days and elections. This role is perfect for anyone committed to event management as a career.

Advertising manager x 1

We’re looking for someone who has the confidence to go out and find advertisers for the magazine and, come September, our website. As you’ll be working with grad scheme employers, alongside local businesses, this is a brilliant opportunity to build up a network of contacts in the industry.

Publicity and distribution managers x 2

Impact’s publicity is a vital organ of the publication. Without an effective distribution strategy no one can read the magazine. Candidates with a passion for social media promotion (you’ll be in charge of Heard in Hallward and our Facebook page) and publicity stunts will fit the bill perfectly.

Web developer x 1

If you have knowledge of CSS/PHP/HTML and want to work with a professional firm to launch our new website in September, please email:

“Writing and working for the magazine gave me great experience of the journalism world and a great head-start in a hugely competitive field.” Josie Ensor – Reporter for the Daily Telegraph

News editors x 3

News is the lifeblood of a great publication. Candidates must have a hunger for breaking scoops that get everyone on campus talking. Our stories have been picked up by The Huffington Post and the BBC this year, proving that the section is a fantastic platform for launching a career in journalism.

Comment editors x 2

We want incisive and opinionated students to shape this new role. Our revamped comment section is going to be campus-focused so if you have an opinion on the death of Summer Party, the appointment of a pharmaceutical boss as Chancellor, the SU’s referendum on abortion, the presence of a hardline nationalist group on campus or even what should become of the Den, then this is for you. You’ll be working with the news editors to find out what’s hot and you’ll be stirring up campus debate.

Features editors x 3

Features is the flagship of the print edition and has a growing online presence. You’ll have a penchant for hard-hitting investigations and trying something a little different. Creativity and a strong awareness of student-related issues are required as you will be commissioning articles regularly.

Sports editors x 2

Our sports team covers everything from Varsity lacrosse to BUCS football and anything uni-sport related in between. Candidates should have a good sports knowledge and a willingness to travel all over the country to report on big fixtures.

Style editors x 2

Impact is one of a select few student publications to publish a professional-standard, four page style shoot in a glossy magazine every month of the student year. To do it well, a knowledge of current trends and creative flair is key. People also love being featured in Impact so any ideas for using more photos of students online and in print will make candidates stand out.

“Impact allowed me to develop my own journalistic and editorial identity that was fundamental to me having a meaningful voice once I left uni.” Alex Hoban – Freelancer for Vice, The Guardian and NME

‘Pause’ sections:

Music editors x 2, Arts editors x 2, Film editors x 2, Gaming editors x 2

The skill in being a good editor for our cultural sections is in making your content directly relevant to Nottingham students. A knowledge of the local and national scenes is also important as you’ll be spending a lot of time liaising with PR people either in cinemas, venues, record labels, publishers, developers or theatres (depending on your role) in order to get that interview, press pass, album or game. Our culture sections are prolific, often producing a review a day each, so you’ll need excellent time management skills too.

Travel editors x 2

Candidates shouldn’t want to just regurgitate the equivalent of Lonely Planet or Trip Advisor. We’re looking for people who wants to commission articles which explore the myriad of social and political issues unfolding in the world around us. Previous examples include bride kidnapping, bloodsports, and life inside the Israeli military.

Science and technology editors x 2

Science is looking for candidates who are enthusiastic about quirky science and tech news that relates to students. The ability to communicate science interestingly is more important than studying a science degree!

Food editors x 2

We’re not looking for the next Heston Blumenthal but if you’re a foodie with a creative edge this is for you. As the food section is still pretty young you need to be hard working, organised and enthusiastic about food to really make this section flourish.

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These positions will be elected separately, at a later date. Please contact the relevant section for more details.

To apply for a position, please click here.

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