Community news reporters (x2) – Northumberland Gazette/News Post Leader (Northumberland)

Do you care about what goes on around you, wish your community had a louder voice, and want to make a difference?

The Community News Project needs you. A partnership between Meta, local news publishers and the NCTJ, the community news project is creating up to 100 community reporter roles around the UK.

In this area, National World is looking to hire two reporters to join its Northumberland newsroom. One will focus on the Northumberland Gazette’s patch, in the north of the county, and the other will write for the News Post Leader, which serves communities in the south east of the county.

Previous journalism experience or education is not essential. We want people who are passionate about local news, care about their communities and want to make a difference for people living in them.

We’re especially keen to hear from people who believe they can help make our newsrooms more representative of the communities they serve.

Flexible arrangements will be considered for the right candidates.

About the role:

The role will be for an 18-month fixed contract period to ideally begin in September 2022.

Your main role will be to engage with people in specific communities to curate, collate and create both written and video content which is relevant to them. You will build and act as the point of contact for online communities by engaging with and seeking out content either written by you or from members of those communities.

You will also receive industry-leading digital journalism training which you will then share into your newsrooms, as well as gold-standard NCTJ journalism training to become a fully-trained journalist.

You will be mostly home-working rather than office based, when not out in the community covering stories on the ground.

The job is an 18-month fixed contract and the salary will be £19,305 per annum.

About you:

In order to be considered, you need to have at least 5 GCSEs with maths and English at a grade C or above (or equivalent).

Or, you could already be a university student enrolled on a NCTJ journalism course. We are offering two routes into journalism as a result of this scheme:

– For applicants with no previous NCTJ qualifications, we are offering training towards the Diploma in Journalism, the qualification that editors look for when hiring trainee-level journalists. Intensive training will be combined with on-the-job experience, reporting in local communities.

– For applicants who already hold the Diploma in Journalism, there is the option to combine your CNP role with further, advanced training towards the NCTJ’s senior level qualification, the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ), which marks the transition from junior to senior reporter.

How to apply:

If you feel this job is for you, please send a CV and covering letter explaining why you’re the right person for the job to ian.smith1@nationalworld.com by Friday, August 19.

National World is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment as an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. Consideration will be given to flexible working options for all roles.

We will be reviewing applications as they are received, so please don’t delay in submitting yours.

 

National World is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment as an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. Consideration will be given to flexible working options for all roles.

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