The Reading Chronicle is looking for a news reporter who is full of ideas and has the desire to come up with innovative ways of presenting stories across various platforms.
We are seeking an ambitious and versatile journalist to unearth the best breaking news, features, leisure and trending stories from this fantastic news patch.
The role would suit a trainee looking for their first role in a newsroom or a senior journalist looking to play a central role at the biggest newspaper in Reading.
A major part of the job will also be immersing yourself in social media, developing relationships and understanding what matters to the local community.
If you don’t have a strong local connection to Reading, the right candidate will need to throw themselves into the community and get to the heart of the issues our readers care about.
We want to tell the stories our audiences care about – from covering crime and local politics to telling powerful human interest stories and championing the best of our local communities.
You’ll also ask the questions that hold power to account.
The job will primarily be based at our friendly newsroom in Reading – but you will be required to get out on patch and we are flexible about homeworking where appropriate.
Ideally, you will be a qualified trainee with gold-standard NCTJ preliminary qualifications or equivalent.
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 an 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
We work on a rota basis with some early and late shifts as well as some weekend work. A driving licence is essential, as is access to a car.
Newsquest is one of the UK’s biggest newspaper and website publishers. We can offer a competitive salary and 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
If this role matches your skills, experience and motivations then please submit your CV with a cover letter by clicking apply now by August 10. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so please apply now.
Newsquest Media Group is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community 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.