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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.

Commissioning Editor - Fest Adelaide
Travel writers
Media Sales Executive (Scotland)


Fest, the biggest free guide to the Edinburgh festivals, is coming back to Australia to report on the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival for the second time.

Radge Media is looking for a commissioning editor to assist in the production of Fest for the 2019 festivals. The commissioning editor will 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 commissioning editor will 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 of the four issues of Fest's printed magazine and for, and creating and managing a review schedule.

The Adelaide festivals are world-renowned, and Fest will be a key reviewing presence. The Fest commissioning editor must therefore act as a figurehead for the magazine in an industry setting. The Fest commissioning 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, particularly in an Australian context
- Impeccable spelling and grammar, with a strong command of local vernacular
- Experience with Google Drive, particularly spreadsheets, or other cloud computing services such as DropBox
- Excellent organisational and scheduling skills, able to work flexibly in a fast-paced environment
- Extensive experience attending and ideally covering the Adelaide Fringe and Festival
- Well-connected and able to maintain good relationships with publicists, particularly in the 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 over the festival period (mid-February to mid-March 2019), and candidates must also be available for remote planning and commissioning November 2018 - January 2019. The fee is AU$3,500.

Please email with your CV and covering letter.

Application deadline midnight (GMT) 30 September 2018.


We’re seeking submissions for our Travel section to run in future editions of The Skinny in print and online. Our approach to travel writing is quite open – we’re interested in stories that come from a place of genuine insight and enthusiasm, which help to open up the world for our readers. We like learning about different cultures and experiences and we’re keen to hear your ideas on different approaches to storytelling.

In addition, our Living Abroad series offers expat guides to starting a life in different cities around the world. If you’ve set yourself up in a city near or far and would like share a few tips on how to do the same, get in touch. You can see where we’ve already covered and get a feel for our approach here.

Fees are agreed on a per-article basis, typically around £40. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share, or a city you’d like to guide us around, email with your pitch and a writing sample.


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

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.