Local Democracy Reporter - Manchester
We need an enthusiastic senior journalist passionate about politics and how it affects communities to join the Manchester Evening News, covering council politics as part of the Local Democracy Reporting scheme.
You will be part of one of the country's best regional newsrooms and play a key role in this high-profile scheme backed by the BBC. A good understanding of local government and a track record of delivering great ideas are essential.
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You will be a senior journalist based at the Manchester Evening News working with its award-winning team of digital and print journalists. You will be responsible for covering the business of Trafford Council, working alongside the newsdesk and other specialist reporters. As well as your stories appearing online and in print, they will also be accessible to the BBC and other publications and broadcasters throughout the region, bringing a huge potential audience to your work.
The Ideal Candidate
We need an experienced reporter with a good 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 senior standard or equivalent with two years experience.
You will be a committed reporter with experience of working to tight deadlines alongside a shorthand proficiency of 100wpm.
About the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
This scheme is designed to increase coverage and scrutiny of councils across the UK.
Funded by the BBC and run by media publishers, these reporters provide in-depth coverage of our local authorities which will feature on websites, newspapers and broadcasts across their region.
In addition to competitive salaries, 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), bonus structures (if applicable) and a contributory pension scheme, Reach plc have a wealth of flexible benefits on offer. These include holiday purchase scheme, childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, a technology scheme in conjunction with Curry's PC World, car scheme, health cash plan, employee loans and lots of high street discounts. Our business is fully committed to health and wellbeing in the workplace with an employee assistance programme and trained mental health first aiders across the business.
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