Write For Broadway Baby

Broadway Baby is one of the leading arts publications in the UK. Our coverage started in reviewing and we have since expanded into interview and feature coverage.

Our reviewers are first and foremost experienced in the subject matter. To write for Broadway Baby you need to have some practical experience in arts performance; be that actor, comedian, writer, director or dancer. For instance, to really understand whether a show at the Edinburgh Fringe is good, it helps if you've been through it yourself. Appreciating the peculiar challenges of a festival and the audience expectations means you're ideally qualified to comment on whether it's worth the ticket price. The second most important quality of a Broadway Baby is the ability to write interesting and insightful copy about a show you'll probably only see once. And then be able to do that three or four times a day.

We use a sophisticated custom-written solution called Thistle to manage our operation. This not only allows us to manage the scheduling of thousands of shows, it also allows us to manage our team. Professionalism is paramount at Broadway Baby, and if we accept a press ticket we are duty-bound to provide the coverage we have promised. As such, first time reviewers with Broadway Baby go through a probationary period to ensure they meet the stringent standards of our style guide and – importantly – can be trusted to attend the shows they say they will.

All positions below are voluntary. If you're looking to get rich, you picked the wrong career in arts journalism – but we do offer genuine experience working to a style guide and deadlines that will prove valuable if you're planning to advance in this field. We also offer useful perks, particularly at the festivals where we will arrange full media accreditation for you and provide partner discount cards to make your experience just that little more affordable.

Below are the opportunities available. Click the name of the section to expand. Initially you should only apply for one position. After your probationary period is completed you'll be able to select new sections without re-applying.

3rd – 27th Aug 2018 Applications Close: 20th Jul 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018

The Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world by some margin. Our coverage includes the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Book Festival and International Festival as well as some of the emerging events including the Cocktail Festival.

As a writer for Broadway Baby you gain a number of valuable perks, apart from the free tickets to shows you are writing about. We have partner deals with some of the leading venues in Edinburgh which give you food and drink discounts and in some cases free standby access to shows while you're not working. We also organise full accreditation with the press office for all our contributors.

We manage our schedule through a custom-written tool called Thistle which matches your preferences to the thousands of shows available for features or review.

In exchange we ask for professional commitment and if you accept and allocation to see a show, you submit the copy we've requested within 24 hours. You'll also agree that if you take a ticket in Broadway Baby's name that the copy is submitted exclusively to us.

General Requirements

You should be available for at least one week of the festival.

Positions Available
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Reviewer

Reviewers are the lifeblood of the Broadway Baby operation. During August in Edinburgh our reviewing team is on average 100 in number, making it the largest fully-accredited reviewing team at the festival by a factor of at least three.

New reviewers to the Broadway Baby team will initially go through a probationary period. You will be allocated an initial show for review and once that has been delivered and accepted by the editor you will have access to more shows through our scheduling system, Thistle.

Requirements

As a Broadway Baby reviewer you are expected to deliver a professionally-written review of a show within 24 hours of the show performance.

There is no word limit to reviews, but we expect a minimum of around three hundred words.

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Feature Writer

Feature writers find the stories at the festival. You'll be speaking to venues, producers, directors and actors to unearth what makes their stories interesting.

Unlike the rigid structure of reviewing, our feature writers have more scope to research an article. Our Features Editor will decide what needs coverage, but you'll have more free reign in the shape of the final copy. We may suggest something like a feature on solo shows at the festival and then it's up to you to find the spin on that topic.

Requirements

As a Broadway Baby feature writer you are expected to deliver professionally-written copy on any subject commissioned by the Features Editor.

If you accept a press ticket as part of your research then you are expected to give that show reasonable coverage in your copy.

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Section Editor

Our Section Editors manage a particular genre in the programme. They have control over scheduling reviews and ensuring the final copy that is published on the site is of acceptable standard. Part of the role is ensuring fair and balanced reviewing so that our critiques are neither unfairly harsh or overly gushing without a good reason.

Requirements

Section Editors are typically former reviewers with some experience of the Broadway Baby system.

Whilst being in Edinburgh during the festival may be a benefit, there is no hard-and-fast rule that says you can't achieve this role remotely.

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Sub Editor

Sub Editors perform a vital role for Broadway Baby in ensuring all copy follows our style guidelines and is of acceptable quality.

Requirements

Sub Editing is a flexible role which is perfect for someone unable to attend the festival, but still wants real experience of arts journalism as all tasks can be performed remotely.

3rd – 27th Aug 2018 Applications Close: 31st Jul 2018

Edinburgh International Festival 2018

General Requirements Positions Available
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Reviewer

New reviewers to the Broadway Baby team will initially go through a probationary period. You will be allocated an initial show for review and once that has been delivered and accepted by the editor you will have access to more shows through our scheduling system, Thistle.

Requirements

As a Broadway Baby reviewer you are expected to deliver a professionally-written review of a show within 24 hours of the show performance.

There is no word limit to reviews, but we expect a minimum of around three hundred words.

19th – 29th Jul 2018 Applications Close: 18th Jul 2018

Great Yorkshire Fringe 2018

The Great Yorkshire Fringe is now in its fourth year and Broadway Baby have been there since the start. Taking over the centre of York on Parliament Street, it's a mixture of Comedy, Theatre, Cabaret, Music and Kids shows, with a bit of a bias on stand up.

General Requirements

There are no minimum requirements in the number of shows you should cover or minimum availability. 

Positions Available
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Reviewer

Reviewers are the lifeblood of the Broadway Baby operation. At the Great Yorkshire Fringe we cover everything from stand up to kid's show.

New reviewers to the Broadway Baby team will initially go through a probationary period. You will be allocated an initial show for review and once that has been delivered and accepted by the editor you will have access to more shows through our scheduling system, Thistle.

Requirements

As a Broadway Baby reviewer you are expected to deliver a professionally-written review of a show within 24 hours of the show performance.

There is no word limit to reviews, but we expect a minimum of around three hundred words.

Ongoing Recruitment

London

London's theatre scene is as diverse as it is vast. As a Broadway Baby reviewer you'll get to see everything from edgy Shakespeare to the annual Panto.

General Requirements

Our London reviewers should expect to see a minimum of one show a month, but as many as you want to select from Thistle.

Positions Available
You've already applied for this position

Reviewer

Reviewers are the lifeblood of the Broadway Baby operation. In London we cover everything from the smallest fringe shows to full scale West End productions.

New reviewers to the Broadway Baby team will initially go through a probationary period. You will be allocated an initial show for review and once that has been delivered and accepted by the editor you will have access to more shows through our scheduling system, Thistle.

As London is a large area, please let us know which part(s) of London you are able to cover in the notes.

Requirements

As a Broadway Baby reviewer you are expected to deliver a professionally-written review of a show within 24 hours of the show performance.

There is no word limit to reviews, but we expect a minimum of around three hundred words.