Live News Reporter - Hull Live

Reach plc
Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
£Competitive salary + company benefits
17 Jun 2019
15 Jul 2019
Reach plc
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Introduction

We are looking to appoint a Live News Reporter to join the award-winning Hull Live team.

We are looking for a talented reporter who can produce stories in words, pictures, video and sound that engage Hull Live's target audiences. This role is multi-functional and flexible, requiring reporters to cover live stories, develop their own unique communities of interest - or 'patches' - find exclusives and be flexible enough to turn their hand to news, sport and leisure stories.

Hull Live is one of the biggest regional news websites in the country, with millions of people engaging with our content every month, and we have a huge following on social media.

We operate a modern newsroom and we require every member of the team to be audience-focused and flexible. Live stories are at the heart of the operation and, as such, team members will need to have a flexible approach to working patterns and content.

We are Reach because it's what we do.

Every day our newsbrands - national and regional, in print and online - reach millions of people up and down the country. We are the UK's largest news publisher, with influential national newsbrands such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday People, Daily Record, and more than 100 distinguished regional titles.

Our brands have a long heritage of being trusted sources of news and information, with our editorial conviction and high standards of journalism providing audiences with timely information and opinion across multiple platforms.

Last year we sold 620 million newspapers, with 5 million readers of one of our brands each month. Our network of over 70 websites provide 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, with 8 billion page views per year.

We average 21 million mobile visitors - that's 60% of the entire mobile market. Each month we attract over 32 million unique visitors. That's more than our competitors. You will help us further increase our digital audience into 2019.

Key Responsibilities

The key feature to this role is to source, write and share high-quality, original stories, pictures and video for website, app and social media platforms, as directed by the content desk.

You will have full ownership of a 'patch' - a community of interest, a place or an issue - is now central to every writer's role. You will work hard in developing and nurturing an audience of scale around this patch, and create content that drives improving levels of engagement.

Working patterns

The smooth working of Hull Live is driven from a carefully constructed rota that is designed to allocate cover for the right roles and the right times of the day, evening and weekends. To ensure a fair distribution of shifts between the whole team, your role will involve some early, late and weekend working.

The Ideal Candidate
  • Reach plc or equivalent journalist qualification (or relevant time-served experience)
  • Excellent writing skills and experience writing professionally
  • Understanding of digital publishing including SEO
  • Comfortable at getting out and about and making contacts
  • Ability to shoot and edit video and audio
  • Solid understanding of social media and comfortable using social publishing tools
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Energy, enthusiasm and self-motivation
  • Ability to work quickly and effectively under deadline pressure
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Flexible approach to shifts
  • Up-to-date legal and IPSO Code knowledge
  • Full driving licence

Package Description

In addition to competitive salaries, 25 days holiday, bonus structures (if applicable) and a contributory pension scheme, Reach plc have a wealth of flexible benefits on offer. These include holiday purchase up to ten days per year, 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.

Reach plc believe diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation. We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don't delay in submitting your application.