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Local democracy reporters (x2) – Newsquest (Berkshire and Buckinghamshire)

Two fantastic opportunities have come up for local democracy reporters to join our teams to cover local government in the busy news areas of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

This role will see you hold local authorities and politicians to account and stand up for the local people.

As well as covering council meetings and scouring agenda papers for the biggest news affecting the public, you will also go beyond that and produce original journalism about how council services impact people’s lives.

This is for a reporter who wants to make a difference, hold power to account and champion people’s concerns and issues.

Both positions are to cover lively patches, covering areas such as High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Marlow, Aylesbury and South Bucks, and Bracknell and Wokingham in Berkshire.

The Buckinghamshire role will be a mixture of home and office work based at our newsroom in High Wycombe, and the Berkshire role based in Reading town centre.

You will be expected to attend council meetings both virtually and in person, as well as go out to talk to people, so the ability to get around the patch is essential.

The local democracy reporter scheme is funded via the BBC but you will be employed by Newsquest and be a valued part of the news team. Your copy will go out on a wire and be available to various outlets, including the BBC.

This role is suitable for a qualified senior reporter or a trainee who has achieved (or is about to) their gold standard diploma including 100wpm shorthand from the NCTJ.

Applications will be reviewed as they come in so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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