Contract Editor (London)

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About Us

The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.

About the Role

We are looking for a switched-on editor with an in-depth knowledge of UK sport, in particular football, to join our expanding operation. Expertise in US sports would be a bonus.

Working on the UK desk, you will be responsible for editing copy to The Athletic’s high standards, writing headlines and working with other departments to project pieces to the widest audience possible.

Our ideal candidate will have experience of working in a busy newsroom, a journalistic qualification and SEO expertise. They will be a good communicator with excellent ideas, a deep understanding of sport and a willingness to work evenings and weekends.

This is a hybrid role and we would ideally like the successful candidate to work from our London office at least three days a week.

This is a contract role through end of year 2024 and will end on December, 31, 2024.


    • Editing stories.
    • Liaising with reporters.
    • Contribute proactively to daily editorial meetings with new ideas.
    • Broad knowledge of a wide variety of men’s and women’s sport.
    • Understanding of social media and data.


    • Relevant qualification with 2+ years of relevant journalistic experience.
    • Ability to operate quickly and communicate information effectively.
    • Experience of working with SEO.
    • Excellent writing skills and an ability to convey information precisely.
    • In-depth knowledge of sport.
    • High-level communication skills and an ability to liaise with senior management.
    • Collaborate with other global offices and work flexibly across different time zones.
    • This is a hybrid role and we would ideally like the successful candidate to work from our London office at least three days a week.
    • This is a contract role through end of year 2024 and will end on December, 31, 2024.
The rate offered for this position may vary based on factors such as education, experience, skills, and location. It may also include non-cash rewards and benefits. The rate is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

The Athletic offers unique perks and benefits to all full-time employees based on their country of residence. Our comprehensive US benefits package includes:

- Highly competitive, employer-contributed medical, dental, vision, basic life and disability insurance plans.
- Savings accounts for medical, wellness, and childcare expenses.
- 401k retirement savings plan and employer match.
- Paid time off including paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, 15 days of accrued vacation to start, and up to 20 weeks of Paid Parental Leave.

For international candidates: Our global benefits packages offer similar benefits and perks, competitive to the local market.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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