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Freelance Editor: Contract for services


Freelance responsibilities

The closing date for applications is midnight, 18 February 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview taking place on 28 February 2024 at our central London office.  


RoleEditor - RCR Magazine
Responsible toManaging Editor – RCR Magazine
Time commitment and termsCirca 10 days per quarter
LocationRemote working
Remuneration£4,000 per magazine

We are looking for a Magazine Editor to edit our soon-to-be-relaunched membership magazine. An experienced journalist with deep knowledge of health, you'll keep our Fellows and members abreast of developments and news relevant to the oncology and radiology specialties. From SACT to workforce pressures, you'll work closely with our Officers (volunteer doctors) to shape, commission, write and edit four issues a year.

Reporting into our Managing Editor and working closely with other senior members of the Communications Directorate, this is a freelance position. Salary is £4,000 per issue (for 10 days' work per issue). Hybrid - you'll be expected to come into the office at least one day per quarter for meetings, and there may be travel required for interviews/articles. 

Key tasks include: working with Editorial Board to agree the theme for each issue and key features; commissioning some content; writing news  and features; working with the Managing Editor on the flat plan; ensuring that all copy is strong, audience-led, relevant and engaging; working with our designer and supporting the commissioning of photography/artwork; creating content for our social and digital channels to promote the magazine's articles.

This is a contract position for one year, renewable.


a) Commissioning magazine features

  • Commission around six features per issue, often authored by medical professionals, on subjects agreed upon and directed by the Editorial Board
  • Develop, investigate and write one major journalistic feature per issue (on an issue agreed with the Editorial Board) including case studies and interviews where relevant, along with analysis.
  • Produce promotional content around this feature including social posts, teasers and sometimes video to help support engagement.

b) News writing and editing

  • News sourcing and writing, including finding case studies and interviewees to bring stories to life (2-4 pages per issue).
  • Keep abreast of news and issues affecting Fellows/members and the specialties.

c) Support

  • Enable/support photography arrangements, such as collaborating with trusts to arrange shoots as needed with a photographer.
  • Work alongside the Managing Editor to create a flat plan for each issue.
  • Ensure the timely submission of articles and collaborate with contributors to ensure the editorial brief is met.

d) General 

  • Attend quarterly in-person editorial board meetings, providing relevant information and participating in editorial planning for upcoming issues.

Key working relationships

Internal working relationships

  • RCR Magazine Managing Editor
  • RCR Magazine Editorial Board
  • Communications Director
  • Communications and Brand Manager
  • External Affairs team
  • Marketing and Digital team
  • All teams that deliver member activities across the RCR

External working relationships

  • RCR Fellows and members
  • RCR Officers
  • NHS England and trusts
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Photographers


You will be an experienced health journalist and editor, with a network of contacts across trusts, NHS England and the broader healthcare landscape. You will help us develop an influential and highly valued RCR Magazine that informs, engages and reflects the diverse perspectives of our Fellows and members.

Knowledge, qualifications and experience

Essential (E) or Desirable (D)

Experience in editing a magazine or newsletter


Significant experience as a journalist, particularly as a feature writer


Experience of communicating effectively with external stakeholders


Extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector



Experience of building effective networks and liaising and working collaboratively with colleagues



Skills and abilities


Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritise work with competing demands



Strong written and oral communication skills


Good interpersonal skills with the ability to influence others at all levels.


Flexibility in scheduling (non-fixed days each week, etc)


Accurate use and understanding of English


How to apply

Please submit CV and cover letter addressing why you think you would be a good fit for the opportunity and highlighting any key experience to [email protected].


Please also complete our diversity monitoring form.


You can also submit any pieces of work you’d like us to see (e.g. news/feature articles you have written or edited) but this is not compulsory.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview taking place on 28 February 2024 at our central London office.