Features Writer

  • Bristol
  • South West News Service Limited

Features Writer

Employer: SWNS Based: Bristol Job Category: Feature writers, senior reporters, trainee and junior reporters Employment type: Full time, permanent Sector: Agencies

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the features team at SWNS - the UK’s largest and most reputable independent news agency.?

The responsibilities of the role include researching, sourcing and pitching real-life stories to women’s magazines including Take a Break, Closer, Bella and Woman's Own among others, generating and writing newspaper and online exclusives for titles such as The Sun, Sun Online, The Daily Mirror, Mirror Online and The Daily Mail and many more - as well as arranging for interviewees to appear on TV programmes such as This Morning and Good Morning Britain.

The writer will be maximising our existing content, developing their own exclusive material and managing relationships with clients, publishers and broadcasters.

We are looking for a confident, switched-on writer who loves sourcing their own stories and is hungry to land exclusives every day.

The features team works closely with our news team to develop stories which come through our in-house story sourcing websites, as well as other online sources.

We don’t rely on news dropping in our lap, and all our writers will also be willing and able to use social media to find stories and turn them into stories which publications around the world can use.

What we are really after is someone who is social-media savvy with bags of enthusiasm and a desire to write the best stories.

Most of our reporters go on to jobs on national newspapers, websites, TV programmes and women's magazines within a year or two - so we need a journalist with big ambition who can hit the ground running.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a respected agency and work on the biggest and best stories in a highly competitive patch. We offer a competitive salary and unrivalled career prospects.

The role is based in our Bristol headquarters and will initially be office based during training - with the intention of becoming a hybrid of office working and working from home.

All applicants must:

  • Have writing experience
  • Social media content gathering skills
  • Be confident and personable with the ability to quickly strike a rapport with people, particularly over the phone
  • Have a sharp eye for a story and the competitive drive to develop them
  • Be a fast learner with bags of energy who is willing to jump in at the deep end
  • Be organised and able to self-manage


  • NCTJ or similar qualification
  • Shorthand
  • Driving licence and own car

SWNS is a national living wage employer.

SWNS also has a generous and growing list of employee benefits, including:

  • 25 days annual holiday plus eight Bank Holidays
  • Company pension scheme with employer contribution
  • Hybrid working policy
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity packages
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Shopping discount scheme, tech benefit scheme
  • Gym membership discount, Cycle to Work
  • Savings on childcare

Job Types : Full-time, Permanent

Salary : From £21,675.00 per year

Benefits :

  • Bereavement leave
  • Childcare
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Gym membership
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount
  • Work from home


  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Bristol

Application deadline: 13/08/2023