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​Freelance role: Children’s print magazine editor – one-off project

​Are you a consumer magazine editor with a passion for print? Experienced in writing for young audiences? We’re looking for a freelance editor to take the lead in developing a one-off print magazine for neurodivergent (ND) girls and non-binary children.


It'll be co-created with them so you'll need heaps of curiosity and an open mind. As well as concept development and setting the direction, you'll also be happy to do the end-to-end editorial tasks needed to make the publication fly.

​Application deadline: 5pm Friday 29 September 2023



We’re creating a vibrant one-off print magazine aimed at - and co-created with - ND girls and non-binary young people aged 8 to 12.

We want it to bring joy to anyone who feels like an outside-the-box sort of person. To connect them with others who have similar passions and interests. To celebrate true-self-ness. And share from other ND people some little ways to take care of yourself. All wrapped up in stories, interviews, facts, celebrity news, quizzes, animal pics and facts, and arts and crafts.

Will you be the person who breathes this vision into bright, joyous life?

We’re looking for an experienced, passionate print magazine editor with an open mind. You’ll be absolutely committed to making the most of this unique opportunity to create a moment of joy for a group of children who often feel misunderstood, isolated and inadequate from a young age. 

There’s a limited budget to work with and a small team, but there are no advertisers or wider commercial agendas that will impact this project. It will be gently steered instead by a team of creative ND children who will share with you the things they like and the things that feel truthful.

The role

As editor you will be responsible not only for concept development and editorial direction but also for all the nitty-gritty editorial work needed to get it off the ground.

This includes planning the content, flatplanning, commissioning, interviewing, writing, copy editing, sourcing/briefing photographers and illustrators, and production. Collaborating with the designer and other editorial freelancers, and with the support of the publisher,  you will:

  • Listen to and incorporate, where appropriate, the ideas and feedback of ND children through creative workshops (led by a facilitator)

  • Collaborate with the designer and publisher to develop and refine the overall concept, initial designs, style, content structure and final layout

  • Interview and commission content from young people and adults

  • Write and edit copy

  • Commission copy writer for additional articles as needed

  • Commission photographer/illustrator as required

  • Oversee sub-editing and proofreading process

  • Sign off printers’ proofs with designer and publisher

  • Ensure the production of the magazine runs as per the schedule and within the budget

Your experience/skills


  • At least 3 years’ experience as editor of a printed consumer magazine, including:

    • Hands-on experience of the end-to-end editorial process, including planning content, collaborating with design, commissioning, writing, editing, interviewing, responsibility for the production schedule and budget, proofreading

    • Responsibility for leading editorial direction and strategy

  • Experience of writing for young audiences

  • Experience of engaging with stakeholders to shape editorial and design approach

  • Ability to organise workload autonomously and prioritise tasks in order to meet deadlines and work within budgets

  • A commitment to collaboration, listening and gathering deep knowledge of your readership

  • A curious, open minded, flexible approach – you’ll be stimulated by learning new things and approaching things in different ways

  • Ability to adapt your style in response to different communication needs

  • Concise verbal and written communication

  • Willingness to learn about and adopt NeonDaisy’s neuro-affirmative approach

  • Have (or willing to get) professional indemnity insurance

  • Right to work in the UK

  • Available to commit to the timeline below


  • Experience of working in an editorial team on a print magazine for young people

  • Experience of leading a magazine/website re-design or new launch

  • Experience of sub-editing magazine layouts on InDesign

  • Knowledge about neurodiversity and neuro-affirmative approaches

More information

This is a freelance role as a one-off project. The day rate is £250; the time commitment for the project will be discussed at the interview.

You’ll be responsible for how you run the project, your own work flow and pattern. You’ll be able to work flexibly and around any family commitments (eg holidays) while meeting the agreed project milestones. We’ll be able to provide reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses. You’ll be supported by NeonDaisy’s publisher throughout as needed so you've got what you need for you and the project to thrive.

The role will be done remotely although there will be some face-to-face meetings, workshops and interviews in the Bristol area.

We particularly welcome applications from neurodivergent people.

​NeonDaisy is a Bristol-based community organisation which connects and inspires ND girls and non-binary young people. This project is funded by the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset NHS Integrated Care Board. 


  • Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 29 September

  • Interviews 2-3rd October

  • Oct 2023 to Jan 2024: Concept development, stakeholder collaboration, editorial, design and final proofs

  • Feb-March: Print and distribution


Please send us your CV and/or links to some of your relevant work, along with an email of max 500 words explaining:

  • Why you’re interested in the role

  • Why you’d be suitable

  • What you’d like to achieve with this project

Please email your application to by 5pm on Friday 29 September.


If you’d like a phone call to discuss the role further, have any problems meeting the application deadline, or need the information in a different format, please do let us know via email.

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