Digital reporter – The Lancashire Telegraph (Blackburn)

Digital reporter – Lancashire 

Closing date: August 15

Salary: Competitive + bonus 

The Lancashire Telegraph is looking for a top-class reporter who is passionate about digital storytelling, hard-working, full of ideas and has a desire to come up with innovative ways of presenting stories across various platforms.

We are seeking an ambitious, digitally skilled, and versatile journalist to unearth the best breaking news, features, leisure, and trending stories from this exciting patch.

A major part of the job will also be immersing yourself in social media, developing relationships and understanding what matters to the local community.

We want to tell the stories our audiences care about – from covering crime and local politics to informing powerful human interest stories and championing the best of our readers.

You’ll also ask the questions that hold power to account and want to play a part in helping communities build back following the pandemic.

The job will primarily be based at our Blackburn office – but you will be required to get out on patch and we are flexible about home working.

Ideally, you will be a fully-qualified senior reporter or an outstanding trainee with gold standard NCTJ preliminary qualifications and 100wpm.

You will also be:

  • Brimming with ideas on how to tackle the remit and get the most out of it digitally
  • Fully across what digital readers want from local news coverage
  • 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
  • Passionate about social media
  • Have excellent knowledge of relevant media law
  • Have a versatile, fresh, and energetic writing style with exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to write – and think – quickly under pressure
  • An adaptable style to produce everything from live blogs and listicles to long-reads and features
  • Knowledge of SEO and its importance to digital journalism
  • Collaborative skills to pool ideas with the wider digital reporting team and take on board suggestion

A driving licence is essential, as is access to a car. We work on a rota basis with some early and late shifts and some weekend work.

If this sounds like the role for you, email your CV and a brief cover letter by clicking apply now.

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