Local Democracy Reporter

Local Democracy Reporter

£Competitive + excellent company benefits
Job Introduction

Chronicle Live and its sister brand Northumberland Live requires a Journalist to cover public interest news as part of the Local Democracy Reporting scheme.

We are committed to reporting on the stories and issues which matter most to readers in this historic part of England, setting the local news agenda and getting politicians to take notice.

We are looking for people who are curious about what’s happening n in communities, who enjoy holding decision makers to account, and who want to write stories that make a difference.

Not only will you be joining one of the most dynamic newsrooms in the UK media, you’ll play a pivotal role in the BBC-backed public journalism service.

A firm grasp of local government, strong digital skills and a track record of great ideas are essential for this role.

This is a flexible working positions, not only will you have the flexibility of working between home and hub, we can look at condensed hours also.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will be a trained Journalist based at Chronicle Live, working with its brilliant team of Editors and Reporters.
  • You will be responsible for covering Northumberland County Council and its districts, ensuring meetings and key decisions are reported as well as building contacts and breaking exclusive lines, coordinating closely with LDR colleagues across the region.
  • 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.
The Ideal Candidate

  • We are looking for an experienced Reporter with formal training (including shorthand and media law) and with two years experience – although in some cases exceptional newly-qualified Journalists may be considered.
  • Good knowledge of social media and the way it can be used to drive audience and engagement are also an advantage.
  • 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.

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
  • Flexibility – In this role, you’ll be fully remote-working (UK based) giving you more flexibility to balance home and life. We’ll support you with your home set-up
  • 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
  • We are a FTSE 250 Company, and also a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity

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: 010729_1639668869
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: Northumberland
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Breaking News, Content, Correspondent, Editor, journalism, media, Media Law, NCTJ, Reporter, SEO, Writer, Writing
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