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Production Editor

Company Description

Our Media is part of the Immediate Media group, named one of theBest Places to Work in the UK 2022by recruitment website Glassdoor. We place huge importance on the wellbeing, support and development of our people, and we are hugely proud of our friendly and open culture.

We aim to provide an environment where all our people feel they belong, can take risks and have a purpose.

Whether you join us in Content, Sales, Account Management, Ad Operations, Production, Subscriptions, Marketing or one of our central teams, you will be joining a company where everyone is passionate about what we do.

Youll see creativity and collaboration in action every day, as well as a commitment to transparency that ensures everyone knows how we are progressing. And we like to have a fun along the way, with a range of social and reward & recognition opportunities taking place throughout the year.


BBC Sky at Night Magazine is the UKs leading astronomy magazine and website. Aimed at readers with an interest in stargazing, space science and spaceflight, its where amateur astronomers come to share in the wonder of space and their love of the night sky.

Every issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine delivers inspirational, authoritative and accessible content. Our monthly Sky Guide is packed with the best targets to see in the night sky for all skill levels, from naked-eye stargazers to experienced astrophotographers. Yet knowledge makes nature more beautiful, and the magazine provides a deeper understanding of the processes behind the stars we see, covering the latest developments in professional astronomy. As well as sharing practical stargazing advice from amateur astronomers and photographers, each issue includes reviews of the latest telescopes and cameras for readers to get the most from their time under the stars.

The Production Editor is a vital role working as part of a small, highly efficient team. It is your responsibility to manage the page production process of the magazine to the highest possible standard and to deadline, maintaining a consistent editorial tone. Excellent editing and writing skills are essential, as is an ability to adapt copy to magazine style, and a keen eye for detail and accuracy. You will have confidence in your abilities, and be a brilliant organiser, a great communicator and a team player.

You must have journalism experience on an editorial team and a keen interest in STEM-related topics. Knowledge of astronomical science and stargazing would be an advantage.

Your role as Production Editor will include:

  • Taking responsibility for page production and driving the page production process by controlling the flow between editorial and art departments
  • Subbing copy and pages to ensure print issues are error-free and consistent in tone and style
  • Writing imaginative and appropriate copy, captions, stand-firsts and call-outs, as well as producing some regular pages
  • Proofreading and checking PDFs of every page
  • Administration tasks, including keeping an organised file system on the server, and maintaining the archive database and house style guide
  • Contributing to team meetings (commissioning and content planning, debrief meetings etc), offering fresh ideas for all aspects of the magazine
  • Maintaining an awareness of key themes within both professional and amateur astronomy, eg new scientific developments, key mission launches, bright visible comets, strong aurora displays
  • Ensuring content is as diverse and inclusive as possible
  • Compiling regular eNewsletters for readers to receive
  • Helping with our social media accounts, creating and scheduling content


We'd like you to have most of the below:

  • A journalism qualification or equivalent experience in an editorial environment, with experience of the magazine production process
  • Excellent command of written English, including the ability to adapt tone to magazine style
  • Excellent subediting, editing and proofreading skills with a keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • Excellent organisational abilities, with experience of putting good process management into practice and prioritising workloads
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office and general Mac skills
  • Preferably educated to degree level
  • Knowledge of astronomy / a personal interest in stargazing, observing or imaging with telescopes in particular
  • Experience of creating online content, eg blog writing and newsletter production
  • Ability to produce engaging content for social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook

Other information

We respect and value differences. We believe that when people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives work together, we can create the most value for our people, readers, customers, and society.

Were striving to create a more diverse and inclusive environment and to ensure our content is representative of all our audiences. We have established five internal D&I network groups to help our people feel supported and included, and to provide an open environment for people to network, mentor and exchange ideas, solutions, and experiences.

We are currently working in a hybrid way, with around 3 days a week spent in our lovely purpose built offices in central Bristol (complete with barista and bike park), and the rest of the week working from home.

South West England, England, UK