HertfordshireLive are looking for an ambitious reporter to cover every aspect of the county’s political scene, report important decisions, hold politicians to account and break agenda-setting stories.
You’ll be supported by one of the country’s fastest-growing newsrooms, but also see your stories travel far and wide as part of the BBC’s public journalism service.
A firm grasp of local government, strong digital skills and a track record of great ideas are essential for this role.
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.
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.
This role is home working on patch and we are therefore open to candidates based in Hertfordshire.
What will the role involve?
You will be a trained journalist based at Hertfordshire Live, working with its brilliant team of editors and reporters. Your remit will be to cover district council news across Hertfordshire, 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.
Who are we looking for?
- NCTJ or equivalent journalism degree and knowledge of media law
- 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
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
- We are a FTSE 250 Company, and also a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels
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.