Food and Shopping Writer

Job Introduction
KentLive and SussexLive have a well-earned reputation for creativity and brilliant storytelling. Due to an internal promotion, the sites are looking for someone to help bring food, drink and shopping stories to life for their readers.

This role exists to find and report on the aspects of life which matter to local readers away from the main news agenda. Areas such as food, drink, and shopping are really important to our audiences. Our websites are here to serve all aspects of our readers needs – and that increasingly is about how people spend their free time. We also know our readers love value for money and it is our job to help them find the best bargains out there.
Successful applicants to this role will be able to inform, indulge and inspire our readers. This role will be home based in Kent or Sussex.
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.
Please note we will be reviewing applications for this role as applications are submitted. Due to this the role may close without notice, so please don’t delay in your application.
Hello, we are Reach! 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.

Role Responsibility
Find and tell stories about local communities which engages as many readers as possible, or stories which will be of interest to local communities
Build communities online and in real life to share stories with once published, and engaged with readers about those stories
Tell stories in many different ways, including (but not limited to) real-time live blogs, article format, video, audio and pictures
Ensure every piece of content is thoroughly researched and balanced prior to publication, in accordance with the Editor’s Code of practice
Act up or cover in other roles as and when required by the business
Uphold Reach’s policy around diversity and inclusion and work to ensure our values around non discrimination are upheld in everything we publish.

The ideal candidate
Digital publishing skills – working a CMS, shooting video, taking pictures
Strong public affairs knowledge
Social media skills – following on social media, track record of building communities on social media
Passion for digital storytelling in local journalism
A valid UK driving licence
NCTJ or equiv qualification or working towards
Strong track record in telling stories, accurately, which engage large audience
Proven track record for digital storytelling

Package Description
Competitive salary
25 days holiday per annum
Homeworking flexibility
Inclusion Networks and Champions, giving all employees a voice

Job Information

Job Reference: 009753_1634219296
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: Kent
Job Types: Permanent
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