News Editor Vacancy @ National Farmers’ Union (Stoneleigh)

Deadline: 22 January 2017

Salary: £29,199 per annum

Contract: Permanent, full-time

We are looking for an experienced, highly driven journalist to lead on creating, sourcing and writing news articles for a farming readership of more than 150,000.


The National Farmers’ Union editorial team is experiencing an exciting time of growth and development as the farming industry adapts to the prospect of a post-Brexit future. As the only organisation that champions farmers and growers in England and Wales the NFU is heard where it counts – locally, nationally and internationally.


The NFU secures positive news coverage in the media by placing proactive news stories and reactive statements in the national and regional press. Working as part of an in-house editorial team, that has recently won the Business Magazine of the Year award at the Independent Publishing Awards, the news editor will be responsible for creating exciting and informative content that is read by more than 55,000 farmers every month in our flagship British Farmer and Grower Magazine. The news editor will work alongside the NFU’s press office to plan editorial content for the NFU’s portfolio of agricultural titles.

This includes Horticulture, NFU Poultry, Student Farmer and Countryside magazines as well as

This in as a unique opportunity for a proactive, creative and adaptable communications professional to shape this new role for the benefit of British farming.


In this dynamic role, we are looking for an experienced journalist who is able to edit, write and commission content for our portfolio of agricultural magazines and websites. Knowledge of farming is desirable but a strong appetite to learn about the British agricultural industry is a must.

To be successful in this role you must have a strong news sense and the proven ability to develop new stories through the news cycle. You must have a proven track record of delivering quality news articles to illustrate key messages for online and print audiences; messages that help to achieve the strategic aims of the communications department. You must have excellent written skills, a proven ability to write about technically complex issues, and you should be a proficient web publisher on websites and social media. A self-starter and competent multitasker, you must also have demonstrable planning and organising skills.

Reporting directly to the deputy editor, you must be a strong team player and networker who can work with colleagues across our policy, food and farming, and regional teams.


If you feel you have the right skills for this exciting role, please click here to apply: