Chief Reporter/Assistant Editor – The Somerset County Gazette (Somerset)

The Somerset County Gazette is seeking a talented chief reporter to join our busy and friendly team. We want an ambitious, digitally skilled and versatile journalist to unearth the best breaking news and features on an incredibly lively patch.

The right candidate will be passionate about digital and print storytelling, hard-working, full of ideas and have a desire to come up with innovative ways of presenting stories across various platforms. A big part of the job will also be immersing yourself in social media, developing relationships and understanding what matters to the community.

We want to tell the stories our audiences care about, championing the best of our local communities, telling powerful human-interest stories and covering everything from local politics to crime.  You will be an experienced senior reporter, ideally with knowledge of the county of Somerset.

While this is primarily a reporting role, the successful candidate will assist the Regional Editor as and when required, as the Assistant Editor.

A driving licence is essential, as is access to a car. The successful candidate would be based at our office in Taunton.

You will be:

  • Brimming with ideas on how to help drive the County Gazette forward in print and online
  • A digital native, with digital storytelling at the forefront of all you do
  • Excellent at developing relationships with key contacts to improve coverage
  • Driven to succeed using the digital analytics tools at your disposal
  • A self-starter, brilliant with time management

Please send your CV, along with a cover letter outlining why you’re the best person for the job. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so submit your details as soon as possible.

Newsquest Media Group is one of the UK’s largest newspaper and website publishers.  As well as a competitive salary, we also offer generous benefits including:

  • Contributory Pension
  • Perks & Discounts at various retail outlets
  • Opportunities for team building and training days
  • 25 days paid holiday + statutory bank holidays + your birthday day off.
  • Structured career progression, ongoing training, and personal performance reviews
  • 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 is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. Our recruitment process will consist of various stages and activities, as part of our commitment to fairness to all applicants, we will take into account any adjustments that could help you.

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