AI-Assisted reporter – The Northern Echo (Darlington)

Newsquest is seeking an AI-Assisted Reporter to join our team and help us expand our use of AI technology at The Northern Echo. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of a new era in journalism, utilising AI technology to create national, local, and hyper-local content for our news brands, while also applying their traditional journalism skills. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about journalism and the potential for AI to contribute to the way we produce and consume news, without losing sight of the importance of quality reporting and writing.

As an AI-Assisted Reporter, you will have the opportunity to develop your news and technical skills, including learning how to manage and utilise AI technology effectively.

You will play a key role in ensuring that our articles meet the highest standards of accuracy, information, and compliance with media law, plagiarism, and privacy, utilising your journalistic expertise alongside AI tools.

You will be based at the Northern Echo office in Darlington, however we adopt a hybrid working policy.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Work with an AI system to help write news articles, while also utilising your journalism skills to maintain the quality and authenticity of the content
  • Ensure that all content produced meets legal and ethical standards, including those related to media law, plagiarism, privacy, and accuracy
  • Efficiently upload and manage stories, using time-saving AI tools and techniques to ensure a seamless process without compromising the quality of the content
  • Meet page view targets
  • Contribute to the development of AI technology by monitoring the performance of AI-generated content and identifying areas for improvement
  • Work closely with our existing editorial teams to help integrate selected AI-generated content into a variety of newsrooms
  • Train other reporters in the use of AI technology
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and best practices related to AI and journalism


  • NCTJ diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with strong attention to detail
  • A strong understanding of journalistic principles and practices
  • Excellent working knowledge of relevant media law and adherence to the Editors’ Code of Conduct are vital to fulfilling the functions of the role
  • Creativity and innovation, with a willingness to experiment with new approaches and techniques
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to analyse data and generate insights to inform content decisions


  • Competitive basic salary
  • Hybrid working
  • Structured career progression, ongoing training, and personal performance reviews
  • Ongoing learning opportunities.
  • Contributory pension
  • Perks and discounts
  • Full 25 days of paid holiday, statutory bank holidays, and your birthday off
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Discount vouchers
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Mental health support via Lifeworks
  • Eye test vouchers plus £50 towards new glasses
  • Annual Volunteer Charity Day

Newsquest Media Group and LOCALiQ are equal-opportunity employers, welcoming applications from all community sections. Regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, all applicants are considered equally. The recruitment process is designed to be fair and inclusive, with a commitment to accommodating adjustments that can assist all applicants.

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