Local democracy reporter – Fife Free Press (Fife)

A vacancy exists for a Local Democracy Reporter covering Fife and Clackmannanshire Councils and the region’s health authorities.

The BBC funded post is managed by the Fife Free Press and provides content for all partners across print, broadcast, radio and online.

This is an exciting position for someone with the passion and ability to generate multimedia content which engages the public and which meets standards set by the partnership in terms of quality, consistency and legal accuracy.

You will ensure that matters, decisions and issues relating to the public authorities are covered in a timely, impartial and audience-friendly way. You will be a public ambassador for the project, and become a trusted source of news and information about the public authorities covered.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver strong content in a multimedia way on a daily basis, focusing primarily on text but also providing images, audio and video as and when required
  • Ensure all content is politically neutral and provides a fair reflection of views
  • Ensure agendas for councils and public bodies are scrutinised, identifying issues and stories which need to be brought to the public’s attention.
  • Build strong contacts across both local authorities and health boards
  • Be active on social media to build audiences and communities
  • Deliver live coverage as and when required
  • Provide two-way interviews for broadcast media as and when required

Key Experience / Characteristics:

  • Good writing skills, up-to-date legal knowledge, shorthand proficiency (eg 100 wpm)
  • NCTJ or similar qualification required
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a reporter in a daily news environment and/or working to daily news deadlines
  • Excellent communicator on social media
  • Excellent at working under pressure and identifying priorities
  • Self-starter
  • Be familiar with digital tools and techniques across a range of mobile devices
  • Strong understanding of working and processes within local government
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering great ideas for content
  • Strong contact-building skills
  • Proficiency taking images, shooting video and gathering audio

Please note – trainees approaching senior qualifications will be considered for this role.

To apply please send a CV to:
Allan Crow, Editor, Fife Free Press

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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