Local Democracy Reporter

Reach plc
Bristol, England
12 Oct 2018
09 Nov 2018
Reach plc
Contract Type
Full Time

Local Democracy Reporter - Bristol
Competitive + company benefits
Flexible Working / Job Share considered

As part of a UK-wide ground-breaking initiative between the BBC and regional publishers, we are seeking to recruit a Local Democracy Reporter based across the North West initially for a two year period.

About the Scheme:
This unique scheme is designed to increase coverage and scrutiny of local authorities across the UK. Funded by the BBC and run by media publishers, the reporters will offer in-depth coverage of our local authorities. The key aim will be to ensure deep scrutiny of the way our local government institutions operate, decisions they make and how they spend public money. Successful applicants will play a vital part in launching the scheme and ensuring it is a success, with the aim of expanding it in future years.

Acting as a trusted source of news and ambassador for the scheme, the successful applicant will be adept at identifying issues and stories buried in council agendas which need to be brought to the public's attention. Reporting to the local Editor, this role offers the chance to get involved at the start of a high-profile initiative and help shape the future of the scheme.

The newsroom:
You will be based with the Bristol Post, home to the flagship Bristol Live website and its committed team of digital and print journalists. As well as your work appearing online and in print, it will also be published on the wire of content accessible to the BBC and other publications and broadcasters throughout the region, potentially bringing a huge audience to your stories

Role Responsibility

You will be responsible for covering the business of both Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council and how decisions impact on the lives of people who live and work in these areas.

The ideal candidate
You will be an enthusiastic and capable journalist with experience of working to tight deadlines alongside a shorthand proficiency of 100wpm.
This essential criteria will go hand in hand with your ability to provide outstanding content in text, audio and video format. You will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of local government and a track record of delivering great ideas for content and building contacts. A solid working knowledge of social media and the way it can be used to drive audience and engagement is important too. We are ideally seeking candidates qualified to NCE-standard or equivalent with two years experience but applications from trainees approaching senior qualifications will be considered.

Package Description
In addition to competitive salaries 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.