Local Democracy Reporter – (The Slough Observer) Reading

Local Democracy Reporter 

Slough Observer 

The Slough Observer is searching for an ambitious journalist to join its team as a Local Democracy Reporter.

The BBC-funded local democracy service employs reporters to carry out one of the most important jobs in journalism – holding local government to account.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for politics, will be able to cut through jargon and spin and will be comfortable asking tough questions of those in power.

In return, you will report on Slough Borough Council and neighbouring authorities while receiving top training from the BBC and Newsquest. You will also receive support and coaching to develop your career.

This is an ideal opportunity for a senior reporter looking for a fresh challenge or a newly qualified reporter ready for their first break in journalism.

The post will be based at our office in Reading. Shorthand and a driving licence are essential.

What we offer:

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a great team.  Reading is a brilliant place to live and work. You will never be short of things to write about. This role will give the candidate the chance to learn from the best people in regional news and the BBC.

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

  • Contributory pension
  • Perks and 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. 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.

Please send your CV and 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.

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