Local Democracy Reporter
Are you passionate about politics and how it affects communities?
LeicestershireLive are looking for two Journalists to boost our political coverage as part of the Local Democracy Reporting scheme.
Our highly-respected politics team have stood at the forefront of our coronavirus coverage, challenging government ministers, breaking important new lines and providing vital insight into decisions by local political and health leaders.
But there’s huge scope for us to do even more.
As well as working within a dynamic, digital newsroom, you will play a pivotal role in the BBC-backed public journalism service – ensuring an even greater degree of scrutiny on local decisions across Leicestershire.
A firm grasp of local government, strong digital skills and a track record of great ideas are essential for this role.
This is a home based opportunity however due to the nature of the role this person will need to be based in the area.
We believe in offering you ways to work which give you a good work/life balance – and you’ll never be on your own. Our new way of working keeps our journalists in the communities we serve, ensuring our coverage reflects real life, every day. You’ll be part of a team where everyone wants to see their colleagues succeed, with regular in-person meet ups, and constant training and development opportunities. You can play a role in helping to shape the future of journalism.
You will be a trained Journalist based at LeicestershireLive, working with its brilliant team of dedicated and enthusiastic journalists. You will be responsible for covering Leicestershire County Council and its seven district councils, ensuring meetings and key decisions are reported as well as building contacts and breaking exclusive lines.
As well as your stories appearing online and in print, they will also be accessible to the BBC and other publications and broadcasters throughout the region, bringing a huge potential audience to your work.
We are looking for Reporters with good knowledge of social media and the way it can be used to drive audience and engagement. We are seeking candidates with formal journalist training (including shorthand and media law) and with two years experience – although in some cases newly-qualified journalists may be considered.
You must be able to work to tight, daily deadlines and have a shorthand proficiency of 100wpm.
About the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
This scheme is designed to increase coverage and scrutiny of councils across the UK.
Funded by the BBC and run by media publishers, reporters who join this service provide in-depth coverage of local authorities which will feature on websites, newspapers and broadcasts across their region.
This is a high-profile job – where your reports can feature on websites, print, regional TV, radio and even the BBC homepage.
You can find out more about life as a local democracy reporter here.
What can we offer you?
We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;
- 25 days holiday per annum when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave
- Enhanced Maternity, Partner and Shared Parental Leave benefits
- Contributory pension scheme
- Simply Health Cash Plan
- A brilliant induction and learning hub
- Holiday purchase scheme
- Technology purchase scheme
- Car purchase scheme
- Discounted gym membership
- Lots of high street discounts
- Huge focus on Diversity & Inclusion. We have launched 6 networks to drive diversity at work and an inclusive environment, and to give you a voice. We hold panel events with internal and external guest speakers, and provide some really useful resources.
- Huge focus on your wellbeing. Free wellbeing apps and confidential coaching support, with access to free healthcare advice and counselling (available to your and your immediate family members who live in the same household). Some services are available 24/7 via call and live chat.
- We are a FTSE 250 Company.
- We are a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels.
- Many of the commercial roles are home based (when not visiting clients) which offers additional flexibility
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.