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Staff Writer, Steam Railway

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

As part of Bauer Media’s hobbies portfolio, Steam Railway is the best-selling railway magazine on the shelves – backed up by the latest industry-standard ABC results. Its combination of comprehensive news, high quality photography and fascinating in-depth features has secured this coveted position in a competitive sector.

Role Responsibility

Reporting into the deputy editor and editor, this role is an integral one within the Steam Railway team. You will be expected to be able to write news and features, as well as assist the wider team with news gathering, feature commissioning and ideas generation. Training will be available, both on and off the job, via Bauer’s award-winning Academy programme. What we can’t teach you is genuine knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject – both of which are essential in this role. 

In addition to writing about steam and the nostalgia surrounding this popular hobby, you will also be asked to liaise with photographers and occasionally even take some of your own images – these need to be of a high enough standard for publication (we’re not expecting professional ability though that would be advantageous).  

The 30k+ Steam Railway audience is highly engaged and that means you will also be expected to monitor our email inbox and social media messages. As well as the ‘office’ role, at the editor’s discretion, you will be asked to travel to preserved railways and functions or to guest ride on charters, during which time you will be expected to represent the magazine in a professional manner. 

The Ideal Candidate

What you will bring:

A passion for preserved steam locos, carriages, buildings and the period when steam was at its height. It’s not all about looking back and we also want to look forward to the challenges and rewards that come from being a part of today’s preservation movement.

More practically, you need to have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Teams and Mail and have a high level of literacy. Evidence of good writing skills must be shown.

This role is an entry-level one but there is potential for the right candidate to progress to a senior writer and even further in due course.

Package Description

Rewards packages at Bauer Media offer a range of salary sacrifice Benefits, such as our pension scheme and flexible holidays, as well as exclusive Perks like great deals and discounts for everyday life.

Flexible Working

We want to make sure that we find the right people to work in our teams, and we know that the traditional 9-5, five days a week doesn’t suit everyone. So, we would love to hear from you if you feel you’re a great fit for this role and would like to work flexibly. If you are the right person for this role, we’ll find the right working approach for you. 


About the Company

About Bauer Media Group

Bauer Media Group has become an enduringly successful media corporation by focusing on creating content that matters most to millions of people around the world: from print and online publishing to radio and money-helper services for consumers, as well as sales and marketing services for SMB. Family-owned in the 5th generation, Bauer focuses on the long term, with a consumer-first mindset that guides us across our increasingly diverse portfolio. Our workforce of 15,000 shares a passion – to deliver content and services that are popular with, and helpful to, our customers and partners.

As the UK’s biggest selling magazine publisher, we create iconic and influential magazine media brands, digital properties and associated consumer and B2B live events for diverse, passionate audiences.  We reach 25 million consumers through our portfolio, which includes heat, Grazia, Closer, Empire, Motor Cycle News, Parkers, Mother& Baby, TV Choice, Take a Break, Bella, Yours, Garden News and Country Walking.  Our scale, coupled with the breadth of our portfolio, gives us an advantage over pure play magazine competitors. It also gives us a huge responsibility - our brands become the lens through which our audiences see the world, and for this reason, we take our responsibilities as a media outlet very seriously, recognising that we are responsible for shaping perceptions in the wider world.

Belonging at Bauer Mission statement

People are at the heart of everything we do. Inclusivity is part of who we are. We celebrate diversity in all its forms, and encourage authenticity, knowing that our differences are celebrated.

What we will offer you

Quite simply, our promise to you is that Bauer Media is a great place to do great work with great people. Our people take an enormous amount of pride in the brands they support. They like their team members, and they feel supported by their managers. We all take collective responsibility for our culture, because we know it has a ripple effect out across our brands. That’s why our culture of inclusion at work, Belonging at Bauer, is at the heart of everything we do. Belonging at Bauer is about our dual goals of being as representative as we can of the audiences we serve, and about creating a working environment where all our people feel able to bring their whole selves to work every day. It’s part of everything we do, and everyone who works here is responsible. If you join us, you’ll be an important part of this as well.

Our mental health at work

We’re proud to be the driving force behind the “Where’s your head at?” campaign, which is working to put Mental Health First Aiders on an equal footing with traditional workplace First Aiders. This is a priority for all of us that work at Bauer and we now have fully trained Mental Health First Aiders supporting and working across all of our UK locations.

Bauer Core Values

Creativity - We create unique, high quality content that delights our audiences.

Ambition - We think big and bold, pushing boundaries and embracing change.

Passion - We approach every day with curiosity, commitment and a lively positive mindset.

Teamwork - We learn from each other and take the time to understand both challenges and opportunities, working together to find the right solution.

Trust - We are open, respectful and honest.

Inclusivity - We encourage different points of view and perspectives and value all contributions.

Responsibility - We make measured and thoughtful decisions that support the business vision.

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