Digital Sports Journalist

20000.00 - 25000.00 GBP Annual
08 Jul 2021
05 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Digital Sport Journalists

Salary: GBP20k-GBP25k DOE + bonus

Newsquest, the UK's leading local media group are looking for a digital sports journalist to join our newsroom in Taunton.

Every day our online news brands reach millions of people right across the country - almost 80% of the local population - and you'll be joining a team of driven, innovative digital specialists taking our content to the next level.

This role presents an exciting opportunity for a digitally-savvy sports journalist to cover every inch of the major clubs in our communities, unearthing the best breaking news, exclusive features, reaction and fan-centred stories from across the patch.

You'll be delivering the sort of fast, agile and dynamic coverage of sport that our readers expect and deserve in 2021. As well as being at the heart of live coverage, you will be passionate about digital storytelling, with a desire to come up with new and innovative ways of keeping fans and neutrals alike up to date and entertained stories using a vast array of different skills, tools and platforms.

A big part of the job will also be immersing yourself in social media to help you tell your stories, develop relationships in your area and discover what it is that gets the community around your club talking.

Audience analytics will be a big part of the role, and you'll be comfortable with using data to spot what to write next and how to maximise the potential audience for your stories, as well as identifying trends and national talking points that would resonate on a local level.

You won't be stuck at home, but working amid the buzz of our local newsrooms and encouraged to get out into your patch and tell the stories that fans want - be that reaction, transfer gossip, stats-based features, happenings around the club or interviews with players and staff.

This is your chance to create a new content approach for sports coverage - fast-paced, entertaining stories using video, audio, charts and graphics as well as good old fashioned reporting. There is also a massive opportunity to find news audiences through Google and search.

We want to tell the stories our readers care about - everything from what's happening in our clubs, what might happen, putting stats and data into context and delivering the inside story of the people and places that make your clubs tick.

Ideally, you will have:

An NCTJ qualification (including 100wpm shorthand)

A versatile, fresh, and energetic writing style with exceptional attention to detail

The ability to write - and think - quickly under pressure

An adaptable style to produce everything from live blogs and listicles to long-reads and features

Skills with shooting and editing video as well as online tools and apps for producing images and audio

Bags of ideas for how stories can be presented in the best possible way for our audiences

An understanding of what audiences want, and when, along with a good sense of humour

Knowledge of SEO and its importance to digital journalism

Excellent knowledge of relevant media law as it affects sports news

Firm grasp of local and national sports media content and coverage, and what digital sports news looks like in 2021

Excellent social media skills and the ability to spot stories and trending topics

Great people skills and the ability to get on with a wide range of people in the community

A high level of organisation and the ability to manage your own diary out on patch

Collaborative skills to pool ideas with the wider digital reporting team and take on board suggestions

This role can be a mix of home working and being in a newsroom. If this sounds like a role for you then please send your CV and a brief email stating if you are

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