Court & crime reporter – Newsquest Media Group (Worcester)

We are looking for an exceptional journalist to take the reins of our crime and court reporting in Worcester.

One of the most important roles in the newsroom, we want much more than someone who sits in court – we are looking for exclusive investigations, backgrounders, human interest stories and well-crafted news pieces around the big crime issues of the day, alongside the very best of what’s happening in our courtrooms.

Our nationwide network of court and crime reporters are some of the best-performing journalists in the Newsquest group. This is your chance to join them.

You will be:

  • Confident in getting the best out of the courts and challenging them when necessary with orders and picture requests
  • An experienced qualified reporter with a strong background in court coverage
  • Brimming with ideas on how to tackle the remit and get the most out of it digitally
  • Versatile, and as eager to cover a first appearance at magistrates’ court or join police on a raid as you are providing live coverage of a major crown court trial
  • Fully across what digital readers want from court and crime coverage
  • Clued up on the law and comfortable dealing with people outside of court
  • Excellent at developing relationships with key contacts to improve coverage

Covering crown and magistrates courts, you will be working for titles including the Worcester News, Malvern Gazette and Evesham Journal in what is a very newsy patch.

The successful applicant for this role needs to be an enthusiastic self-starter who can find stories, make contacts and fit in with our hard-working team, writing across print, web and social media.

Applicants should be fully NCTJ qualified – including 100wpm shorthand – and have experience covering the criminal courts.

Candidates must also hold a full, UK driving licence. We will consider candidates looking for part-time hours.

Send your CV by clicking apply now. CVs will be reviewed as soon as they are received so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment

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 community sections regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

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