Well, it looks like my handy guide to getting a job as a cycling journalist is going to be more handy than you thought. Yes, there are jobs up for grabs at Time Inc, publishers of Cycling Weekly and Cycling Active. They want a Fitness Editor and a Fitness Writer, a News Editor, and a Tech Writer.
In case you missed the announcement, this is what they’re after:
Fitness Editor, Cycling Weekly/Cycling Active
This key role involves leading a team of writers to produce brand-centric, media-neutral fitness content tailored to each of our channels. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of heinous recipes involving beetroot, brown rice and lingenberries.
- Proven back-stabbing and arse-covering experience
- Strong knowledge and understanding of all aspects of office politics
- Ability to sub your own copy because we got rid of all the production staff
- Understanding of middle-management report-creation protocols
- Idea generation to initiate, create and develop industry-leading click-bait
- Good planning and organisational skills (you’ll need them to get to Farnborough)
Fitness Writer, Cycling Weekly/Cycling Active
Our fitness writers produce massively complex fitness and training plans that no one will read or follow, across print, online and video. The ideal candidate will need to be able to fill in for the Fitness Editor while he/she develops their TV presenting career prior to moving somewhere less awful than Farnborough.
News Editor, Cycling Weekly
The successful candidate will lead a team of writers to produce breaking, informative, up-to-date news content from around the world (stop sniggering at the back!)
The ideal candidate will be experienced in cutting and pasting from cyclingnews.com and cyclingtips.com, curating the latest press releases from the advertisers, and producing videos that aren’t quite as good as GCN’s.
- Vague understanding of domestic and international cycle sport
- Unwillingness to ask the tough questions
- Understanding of content needs of different advertisers
- Good planning, organisational and butt-kissing skills
- Clean driving licence (Really? What the hell is one of those?)
Tech Writer, Cycling Weekly/Cycling Active
Working as part of our road tech team, our tech writers test bikes and products, report on new launches and provide authoritative buying advice to our readers, visitors and viewers (coz we is brand-centric n media-neutral, innit).
The successful candidate will be passionate and hugely knowledgeable about cycling technology. Strong seplling and grammer is essential, while previous writing experience would be frowned upon.
Our tech writers move effortlessly between
our canteen, the gents and the pub print brands, website and video, developing a strong understanding of how different content types and approaches work across different channels.
- Some knowledge and partial understanding of cycling technology
- Strong spleling and grammer
- Ability to turn stuff in two days after deadline
- Understanding of content needs for different platforms: print, video, mime, interpretive dance
- Idea generation to initiate, create and develop industry-leading vacuous drivel
So there you have it. Jobs for everyone, triples all round! Except, of course, that the jobs are in Farnborough (apparently that’s somewhere near Southampton). I can just picture their sad little faces at the meeting in Leon House: