Local Democracy Reporter

01 Nov 2019
29 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Local Democracy Reporter, Harrogate
Local Democracy Reporter

Holding those in power to account is at the very core of journalism.

You don't need to look far to see the power of effective local journalism either. Our exclusive reporting has exposed the full scale of County Lines drug gangs in Harrogate, the struggle for funding at county council level and given our readers a glimpse of the future with our in-depth coverage of the district's draft Local Plan, putting the Harrogate Advertiser newsroom in a stronger position than ever before.

To continue to bolster the power of local reporting in Harrogate, the Harrogate Advertiser is recruiting a Local Democracy Reporter who will investigate, scrutinise and report on our local government.

How many houses are going to be built in Harrogate? What's happening with the sale of the old council offices? What are the waiting hours like at Harrogate Hospital? Analysing how public money is spent will be key to this role and new reporters will be expected to examine the everyday inner workings of local government.

The LDR will tell the stories that really matter to our local communities. Communities want a transparent council and the new reporter will be responsible for bringing essential news to the public's attention.

The Local Democracy Reporter will have an in depth understanding of the workings of local government and be able to deliver clear, accessible content for our readers.

The LDR must have a track record of delivering accurate and original content on strict deadlines, with all content being politically-neutral and balanced. Reporters will be expected to deliver fresh reports on a daily basis, and also provide multimedia content, such as live two-way interviews for broadcast content, when required. The ideal candidates will also have a solid knowledge of social media and understand how to use it to drive audience engagement.

Candidates will also be qualified to NCE-standard or equivalent with two years experience working to daily deadlines alongside a shorthand proficiency of 100 words per minute.

This exciting and rare opportunity is part of an innovative collaboration between the BBC and regional publishers. This role is for a fixed term contract until December 31st 2020.

The successful candidates can look forward to a competitive salary, holiday entitlement, pension scheme plus other benefits available to you as a JPIMedia employee.

Deadline for applications is Monday November 18th.

Vacancy: Local Democracy Reporter
Location: Harrogate
Salary: Competitive


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