Reporter – SomersetLive

Reporter

SomersetLive is looking for a reporter to find and report on the stories and issues which matter to Somerset readers in a way which ensures as many people as possible discover and respond to our work.

We are looking for journalists who are curious to find out what’s going on down their street, who find time to listen to conversations and ask what they can add, and who believe journalism does its best when it is read by as many people as possible. You’ll want to write stories which make people come back to our site time and again, and be as comfortable picking up a breaking live blog as you are spending time off diary on that story which is really worth it.

As a candidate, you should get a buzz from the thrill of covering the biggest and best stories. Those who are social media savvy and able to turn their hand to every type of content will stand a greater chance of success. Above all else, we want imaginative and enthusiastic journalists who are brimming with ideas.

We respond to what our audiences love and we build off-diary time into our reporters’ schedules so they can get out into their communities, talk to people and create meaningful content. Throw into the mix some weekly food reviews and some quirky and weird features about the stuff you never knew about the county and that’s just a snapshot of what your career could look like with us.

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.

So, who are we?

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Find and tell stories which engage as many readers as possible, and stories which will be of interest to local communities
  • Build communities online and in real life to share stories with once published, and engage with readers about those stories
  • Take your own steps to bring people to your stories, via social media and newsletters
  • Tell stories in many different ways, including (but not limited to) real-time live blogs and broadcasts, articles, videos, 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
  • Optimise stories in accordance with the digital SEO strategy.
  • 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

  • NCTJ or equivalent qualification
  • Digital publishing skills – working a CMS, shooting video, taking pictures, presenting to camera
  • You will love all things social media and use these skills to build audiences and communities, ensuring content in shared on social platforms
  • Creative and passionate about quality digital storytelling in local journalism
  • Driving licence is essential
Package Description

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
  • Defined progression pathway
  • Enhanced Maternity, Partner and Shared Parental Leave benefits
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Share save 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.

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: 010098_1635330948
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: Somerset
Job Types: Permanent
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