Work for The Skinny

The Skinny is an independent, creative company that seeks to connect curious readers with interesting artists and events.  We have 21 employees and up to 350 freelance contributors at any one time. We aim to offer freedom within your role to work towards our company goals and business vision.

Editor, Fest Australia
Writers, Fest Australia
Media Sales Executive, Fest Australia
Books Editor
Media Sales Executive (Scotland)
Venues Editors (Glasgow)

Editor, Fest Australia

Fest, the biggest free guide to the Edinburgh festivals, is coming to Australia to take on the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival.

Radge Media is looking for an editor to lead the production of Fest for the 2018 festivals. The editor must communicate a vision of Fest under their editorship, reflecting the relevant cultural areas in an open and accessible tone which engages with a local audience. The editor must recruit and manage a team of contributors to ensure coverage of the Adelaide Fringe and Festival is as exhaustive as possible. This requires planning and commissioning all content for each issue of the four issues of Fest print magazine and for, and creating and managing a review schedule alongside an overall production schedule for all editions.

The Adelaide festivals are world-renowned, and Fest will be a key reviewing presence. The Fest editor must therefore act as a figurehead for the magazine in an industry setting. The Fest editor must also work closely with the Director to explore means to develop the Fest brand in Adelaide and beyond.

The successful candidate will be dynamic, sociable, and able to work effectively under pressure. The candidate will be able to meet the changing demands of the festival environment, all while maintaining Fest’s leading position in the marketplace.

Key skills and experience

  • *Well versed in the performing arts
    *Impeccable spelling and grammar, with a strong command of local vernacular
    *Comfortable with magazine publishing formats and procedures
    *Familiarity with design conventions, particularly typesetting
    *Experience editing large amounts of copy to a high standard and to tight deadlines
    *Experience working with style guides – and enforcing them
    *Experience with CMSs and other bespoke software
    *Knowledgeable about SEO practices and online publishing
    *Experience with Google Drive, particularly spreadsheets, or other cloud computing services such as DropBox
    *Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Photoshop
    *Experience sourcing and selecting press photography, and arranging bespoke photoshoots where required
    *Extensive experience attending and ideally covering the Adelaide Fringe and Festival
    *Experience establishing good relationships with publicists, particularly in an arts festival environment
    *Able to balance the editorial vision of the publication with the commercial needs of the company
    *Experience managing editorial budgets and working with freelancers

This is a fixed term contract: full time in February, and part-time until mid March 2018. Candidates must also be available for planning and commissioning November 2017 - January 2018. The fee is AU$4,000.

Please email with your CV and covering letter.

*Application deadline midnight (GMT) Sunday 22 October.* (Mon 23 October @ 9:30am, SA time)

Writers, Fest Australia

We're looking for passionate, informed freelance critics to review shows and write features for Fest at the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival.

We want writers who are engaged and engaging, capable of analysing performance and communicating their opinions succinctly and vividly. We need expertise in comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus, music and beyond. Fest publishes writing that is knowledgeable yet accessible, geared towards attracting a diverse local readership.

We work to tight deadlines with a high bar of quality and criticism. We expect a quick turnaround on reviews, and a high level of integrity in our contributors.

Fest has a strong journalistic reputation back in Edinburgh and it's important for us to maintain that quality in our new home in Adelaide. We can't do that without talented, driven writers who know the Australian arts festival scene (ideally with prior experience at the Adelaide festivals).

If you're interested, please send a CV, some examples of your writing and a feature pitch for this year's Adelaide festivals to

Per-article payment is offered.

*Application deadline 10am (GMT) Monday 6 November*

Media Sales Executive, Fest Australia

Looking to make a bit of extra cash this festival season? Passionate about the arts, particularly during the madness of the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival? Fest Magazine is looking for a driven, enthusiastic media sales executive on a fixed term contract over January and February 2018.

Fest has occupied a leading position in the Edinburgh festival marketplace for 16 years, and now it is time for us to support the Adelaide festivals. We need someone who is knowledgeable about local and national promoters, producers and publicists during Mad March. The ideal candidate will be able to speak confidently about the magazine’s print and digital marketing opportunities, and the benefits they can bring to artists, brands and local businesses.

The role will involve:

*Navigating the Fringe programme and other promotional materials to identify new business opportunities
*Cold calling and emailing
*Managing your own diary to get out and about to meetings and client networking events - outside normal working hours when needed
*Presenting and introducing Fest and its platforms both on the phone, via email and in person
*Maintaining a well organised and up to date CRM on a daily basis
*Writing proposals and quoting bespoke packages
*Negotiating rates and commitment deals
*Working to targets

Essential Skills and Experience:

*Experience in selling and negotiating
*Proficient computer literacy, with good working knowledge of Google Drive and Gmail
*Knowledge of the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival or other multi-arts festivals

Desirable Skills and Experience:
*Experience in professional media sales
*Experience using a CRM system
*Experience with online advert servers (Doubleclick For Publishers) and print pageplans would be a bonus
*Use of own laptop would also be a bonus

Personal Criteria:
*A good team player, with strong relationship building skills
*Self starter
*Positive and friendly attitude
*Comfortable with speaking on the phone and at meetings
*Experienced in problem solving, with the ability to handle complex client requests at first point of contact
*Determined to grow Fest’s brand and target driven
*Able to work well under pressure and to deadline

Hours: The role is full time, 8 weeks, 3 Jan - 2 Mar, working remotely.

Salary: $18.29/hour, 8 weeks fixed contract, plus commission

To apply: Send a cover letter and CV to along with five examples of clients you would approach for Fest’s back covers.

*Deadline for applications: midnight GMT Sunday 29 October* (Mon 30 October @ 9:30am, SA time)


The Skinny, Scotland’s largest culture and listings magazine is well established as the voice of Scottish culture to the 18-35 year old market across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee for the past eleven years.

To complement the core team and further expand our client base focusing on the Scottish cultural industries, we are looking to grow our sales team and are on the hunt for a talented sales executive based in Edinburgh. The role will primarily be based in Edinburgh, but we are open to an outstanding candidate based in Glasgow, working from Edinburgh 2 days per week.

The role will involve:

  1. *Cold calling and proactively sourcing new business leads.
  2. *Keeping up to date with cultural events and openings in the region to identify sales leads.
  3. *Managing existing client relationships to identify sales opportunities, including upselling on a regular basis.
  4. *Managing your own diary to get out and about to meetings and client networking events. Outside normal working hours when needed.
  5. *Presenting and introducing The Skinny and its platforms both on the phone and in person
  6. *Maintaining a well organised and up to date CRM on a daily basis.
  7. *Writing proposals and quoting bespoke packages in The Skinny,, The Skinny ZAP! and our other publications including annual Student Handbook, Fest and ad hoc projects.
  8. *Negotiating rates and commitment deals.
  9. *Identifying and developing long term media partnerships.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • *Extensive experience in professional media sales within the past 3 years, with a minimum one year's accountable track record across print and digital media platforms
  • *Experience using a CRM system
  • *Experience working with media buying agencies
  • *A strong understanding of the media environment in the UK, especially that which targets trend-setting audiences
  • *Proficient computer literacy, with good working knowledge of Google Drive and Gmail
  • *New business and account management experience with the ability to approach and understand the marketing needs of a wide range of clients

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • *Experience with online advert servers (Doubleclick For Publishers) and print pageplans would be a bonus
  • *Existing regional advertising contacts and relationships

Personal Criteria:

  • *A good team player, with strong relationship building skills
  • *Self starter
  • *Positive and friendly attitude
  • *Comfortable with speaking on the phone, at meetings and larger presentations
  • *Experienced in problem solving, with the ability to handle complex client requests at first point of contact
  • *Determined to grow The Skinny’s brand and target driven
  • *Able to work well under pressure and to deadline
  • *Have a keen sense of culture with an awareness of events in Scotland and beyond

The Skinny prides itself on being forward thinking, supporting emerging talent and developing strong relations across Scotland.

If you think you have what it takes to join Scotland’s leading culture and listings magazine, are keen to make the role your own, and become part of an ever expanding team and a strong creative community then we would love to hear from you.

To apply please send us your CV with a cover letter outlining how you meet the role description and person specification via email to:

Salary: c.£20k+ OTE


The Skinny is looking for a selection of new venues editors to oversee the writing and creation of venue profiles on our website, for our Glasgow city section in Scotland. We need people who are confident and accurate writers, with an engaging style, and a wide knowledge of the venues in their specialist city.

The successful applicants will be expected to generate profiles quickly, in an informative – but not overly-opinionated – way, ensuring that each profile provides useful information for readers looking for somewhere to eat, drink and be merry. There will also be occasional opportunities to compile articles about local venues and events. Applicants should have an awareness of The Skinny's house style and be comfortable carrying out research, and communicating with venues directly to source information and imagery where appropriate. 

This is a voluntary position. We would expect our venues editors to be producing around 5-10 venue profiles of 150 words each per month. 

Sound like something you’d like to do? Email a CV and some samples of writing to (Scotland).

CONTRIBUTORS (Writers, Illustrators, Photographers)

The Skinny is your magazine: a collaborative effort, it’s put together by people who love their region and its culture, for people who love their region and its culture – and our contributors are known for having something new to say as well as a passion for their areas of expertise.

We are looking for writers, illustrators and photographers on an ongoing basis to help make The Skinny an informed, inspiring, witty and opinionated collection of the voices and talents that makes Scotland such an exciting place to be.

With 35,000+ copies distributed to more than 650 venues, The Skinny gives writers a platform to get their voice heard, and illustrators and photographers an opportunity to showcase their work and build their portfolio.

If you’re a writer: Please introduce yourself to the relevant section editor – see contact details here – and send them two or three samples of your work.

If you’re an illustrator or photographer: Please email with the subject line 'Contributor: illustrator' or 'Contributor: photographer' and let us know your area of expertise/interest (e.g. perhaps you’re a fashion photographer, or would like to try more live music photography) – and please link us to your portfolio where possible rather than attaching large files.