A rare opportunity has come up to hire someone in our video and photography team – learning the ropes and getting out with a camera across the West Midlands.
Oh, and you also get to work in one of the country’s most vibrant newsrooms covering the best city in the world.
BirminghamLive one of the regional websites in the country with a huge audience – but we want to get even bigger.
This is a two-year role partnered with an NCTJ-accredited course combining on-the-job training and experience in photo and video journalism with formal journalism training, including in news reporting.
Is this opportunity right for you? Has becoming a photojournalist always been a dream of yours? Are you useful with a camera?
We are passionate about serving our diverse communities better and would love to hear from you. Whether you are finishing up your college course or if you are working in another industry but deep down have always dreamed of becoming a journalist, then please get in touch. We believe that together we can improve how we cover our areas and offer opportunities to people who may not have considered this as a career before.
So, who are we?
BirminghamLive is part of Reach plc. You might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to the UK and Ireland’s most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Mirror, Daily Express and OK!, to our regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more), our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people. We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human. Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too.
What will I be doing as an apprentice photo and video journalist?
- You will be working as part of a team to provide photographs and video footage to supplement digital news
- You will have the opportunity to contribute to live coverage of breaking news
- With training and support, you will be comfortable taking pictures and filming when out on the job
- You will also spend some time interviewing and writing stories
What are we looking for?
- We’re looking for someone who is extremely passionate about photography
- Clean driving licence
- You will have strong local knowledge of Birmingham
- We want you to be passionate about the stories you believe are important from our many diverse communities as we seek to grow new audiences
- You will have at least 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English
What can we offer you?
We are offering fully-funded NCTJ journalism training, a competitive starting salary and benefits including;
- Mentoring and support throughout your apprenticeship
- Help saving for your retirement – join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
- 25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme
- Giving back day – an additional day’s leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
- Enhanced family leave – including maternity, paternity and adoption – and you’ll be eligible after just six months’ employment
- Private Healthcare Cash Plan – free health cash plan so you can claim back cash for a range of medical expenses
- As one of the UK’s top 50 Inclusive Employers everyone’s invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
- Wellbeing support – including a 24/7 assistance programme for you and your nearest and dearest, a free subscription to mindfulness app Headspace and access to free mental health coaching through Sanctus
- Awesome career opportunities – you’ll have support from your line manager and a range of learning & development programmes