Maisie Hylton Fellowship
Applications for the next Maisie Hylton Fellowship will open in the summer of 2022 for a January 2023 intake.
This six-month fellowship is aimed at aspiring production journalists from under-represented groups in the creative industries, in particular those of black heritage, who can demonstrate an interest in current affairs and financial news and are capable of working amid the pressures of a modern newsroom.
Maisie Hylton was a much-loved stalwart of the FT’s sub-editing desk, where she enjoyed a long and successful career. The Maisie Hylton Fellowship was established in her memory with the aim of promoting greater diversity at the FT, a cause close to Maisie’s heart. She joined the FT in 1998 and was valued by colleagues as much for her mentoring capabilities as she was for her sharp eye for detail and cool-headed professionalism in the face of deadlines.
Maisie was a production journalist who worked on crucial parts of the paper, including writing headlines and editing copy for the front page as well as designing newspaper pages. In her spare time, she supported various social causes and was a prolific community volunteer, serving on school panels and as a school governor.
Here is your chance to emulate Maisie’s successful career by launching yours during a six-month fellowship at one of the world’s most respected international news organisations.
What you will learn
You will be embedded within the production/sub-editing teams to experience working on the newspaper and digital publishing
You will revise and enrich a range of print content, including page layouts and signing off print pages
You will have the opportunity to revise online content, including writing engaging headlines and picture captions to help drive traffic and attract readers on FT.com
In keeping with Maisie’s community spirit, the successful applicant will dedicate one day during their fellowship to volunteer for a local good cause
Knowledge, skills and experience
Be able to demonstrate an interest in current affairs and financial news
Have excellent copy-editing skills
Be aware of what makes an attention-grabbing headline
Ensure all content is accurate and maintains the FT’s gold standard in world-class journalism
Be capable of keeping a cool head under intense deadline pressure
This role does not involve video or audio production, nor news writing
It is not necessary to have a degree to apply
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take a short sub-editing test