Trainee Features Writer - Stoke-on-Trent

Reach plc
Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England
Competitive plus company benefits
14 Nov 2017
12 Dec 2017
Dale Havers
Contract Type
Full Time

Here at Staffordshire Sentinel News & Media we are looking to recruit a Trainee Features Writer to join our established team in the heart of the city centre. We are looking for someone with a true passion for sourcing, writing and sharing diverse and original stories with our readers. You will be working for publications including The Way We Were and Staffordshire Life as well as writing news articles for The Sentinel and some commercial writing.

Staffordshire Sentinel News & Media is part of Trinity Mirror plc, is one of the UK's largest multimedia publishers. We publish more than 150 newspaper brands, including The Mirror and The Daily Record, as well as iconic market-leading regional and local newspaper titles. Digital growth is at the heart of Trinity Mirror's strategy, with a goal of developing and sustaining strong positions across print and digital channels.


  • Competitive salary
  • 33 days holiday (including Bank Holidays) a year.
  • Chance to develop your career at Trinity Mirror.
  • Competitive pension along with an extensive flexible benefits portfolio.

Main Responsibilities

  • Pro-actively source and write creative and informative features for publications such as The Way We Were and Staffordshire Life.
  • Generate your own ideas for articles as well as following feature briefs and instructions to help put publications together.
  • Stand-in as a news reporter as and when required.
  • Run Facebook lives and share content on social media.
  • Assist with the set-up of Sentinel events as and when required.

Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrate the highest level of reporting skills, initiative and sound judgement in a demanding newspaper environment.
  • Experience of working under pressure and to deadline.
  • You should be both a great news writer and a fantastic feature writer.
  • You will be able to turn your hand to anything, from a moving colour piece on a major story, breaking news, celebrity interviews or real life stories to lifestyle pieces and first person articles packed with humour.
  • Demonstrate the ability to turn complicated facts and events into easy-to-read, informative, well-written stories and features.
  • Display a high level of creativity and originality.
  • Be able to work flexibly - the role will involve some evening and weekend working.
  • Have an entry-level journalism qualification.
  • Have obtained/ be working towards 100wpm in shorthand
  • Have a full UK drivers licence.