Local Democracy Reporter Leicester

Are you passionate about politics and how it affects communities?

LeicestershireLive is 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.

Key Responsibilities

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.

The Ideal Candidate

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.

Package Description

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: 007629_1647411612
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: Leicester, Leicestershire
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Reach, Reach Plc
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