Trainee Live News Reporter

Reach plc
Cheshire, England
Competitive plus company benefits
05 Jul 2018
23 Jul 2018
Reach plc
Contract Type
Full Time

Reach plc have a fantastic opportunity for a Live News Reporter to join the and become an integral part of the team at Cheshire Live.

You'll be motivated by playing a full part in growing online audiences to ensure Cheshire Live is the must-place to go for anyone wanting to keep up-to-date with news, weather and travel information. Along with this, you will ensure a Ensure a 'right first time' approach is taken to all content generation and help the editorial team and the whole business to continuously innovate and change at the pace we need to be a successful media business.
Hours: 75-hour fortnight, including weekend, early and late working

Hours: 75-hour fortnight, including weekend, early and late working

About the company

Reach plc, with an award-winning portfolio of newspapers, websites and digital products, is one of the UK's largest multimedia companies employing more than 6,000 people across 60-plus locations around the country.

Trusted, relevant, reliable and essential on social, mobile, desktop and in print, our loyal readers and advertisers are attracted by the knowledge, insight and vital services that our iconic brands (Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, Daily Record and the Daily Mirror nationally, to name just a few) provide. None of this would be possible without our dedicated employees driving the business forward.

Role Responsibility

    To create compelling breaking news content that drives outstanding digital engagement for Cheshire Live stories and potential break-out live blogsTo monitor emergency services, social media, PA, and other media outlets to ensure we are first with breaking news, traffic and weatherSource third party content, including blogs, video, audio and pictures, where appropriateTo manage and post into appropriate Facebook groups To keep the content desk and social media teams updated at all times on live breaking newsTo run break-out live blogs when required for big storiesTo develop breaking news stories for the main news feedTo make out-of-hours decisions on setting up break-out liveblogs and to create those live blogsBuild a personal brand on social media and interact with readers/audience accordingly, in line with Reach policiesDevelop a small number of 'patches', identified working with the Content Editor, to source off-diary stories from away from live newsEnsure content is written with strong search engine optimisation in mindEnsure content is correctly tagged following agreed conventions Ensure content is produced with the correct metadata at all timesEnsure all copy is legally and IPSO compliantTo actively contribute in formulating and delivering new ideas and content streamsTo keep up-to-date with all developments in liveblogging and the telling of live news and to share learnings with colleagues
    Undertake company/editorial projects and any other duties from time to time as reasonably requested by management.To show flexibility in role, in terms of shifts and duties when required Maintain the highest personal standards of professionalism and integrity at all times within the framework of current legislation and Reach's editorial and company policies, and ensuring these standards are upheld across the newsroom

The Ideal Candidate

We're looking for someone with at least two years reporting experience, preferably NCTJ qualified (or with equivalent time-served experience or qualifications) and a track-record in digital storytelling. You will be adept at sourcing stories through social media and knowing how to promote your stories too, you'll be as at home in a Facebook group building up your community contacts as you are meeting a councillor for a coffee.

This job description is not exhaustive and merely acts as a guide to the duties to be performed. The job description may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the organisation at any time after discussion with the post-holder.

Package Description

In addition to competitive salaries, bonus structures (if applicable) and a contributory pension scheme, Reach plc offer a whole host of voluntary flexible benefits. These include a car scheme, holiday purchase, childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, staff discounts, season tickets & parking loans and an employee assistance programme.

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