Crime Reporter

A rare opportunity has arisen to join the award-winning Liverpool Echo as a crime reporter. This is a senior role in the newsroom and the perfect next step for an ambitious senior reporter wanting to make a name for themselves in regional journalism.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and passionate journalist with an ability to forge meaningful relationships within the criminal justice service ensuring the Echo remains the leader in delivering trusted breaking news within the Liverpool City Region.

They are also expected to deliver insightful and considered long-form content examining the impact of crime on the lives of our large, loyal and engaged readership.

Our new crime reporter will have a real passion for storytelling, a desire to experiment with new and innovative techniques and the ability to inform and inspire our readers and make a real difference to their lives.

We’re looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives from people from a wide range of backgrounds and candidates who understand the issues that are important to our region’s many different communities.

So, who are we?

We are 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.

Key Responsibilities

What will the role involve?

  • Making meaningful contacts within the police, Crown Prosecution Service and other relevant agencies
  • Building relationships with communities across the Liverpool City Region
  • Leading crime coverage in the Liverpool Echo newsroom
  • Directing breaking news crime coverage
    Using social media to engage our audience and sharing content
  • Taking a lead on customer value strategy initiatives including a dedicated Liverpool Echo newsletter and other group-wide initiatives
  • Acting as an ambassador for the Liverpool Echo
  • Ensure every piece of content is thoroughly researched and balanced prior to publication, in accordance with the Editor’s Code of practice
The Ideal Candidate

Who are we looking for?

  • An NCTJ qualification
  • A good self-starter who finds stories relevant to our audience, makes contacts and knows how to work a patch
  • Ability to build communities and engage proactively with our audience
  • A skilled user of social media to engage audience, source ideas and share content
  • Experience of covering live, breaking news
  • A strong storyteller with a thorough understanding of how to create engaging content
  • The highest personal standards of professionalism and integrity at all times within the framework of current legislation and Reach PLC’s editorial and company policies
  • Maintain a thorough, up-to-date knowledge of media law and IPSO code
  • A good team player who is able to work quickly and willing to learn flexibly
  • Knowledge of SEO or a willingness to learning
    Understanding of analytics
Package Description

What can we offer you?

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

  • 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

Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

Job Information

Job Reference: 011865_1648810244
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: Liverpool, Merseyside
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Reach Plc
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