Reporter – My Local News (Apsley, Herts)

An exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced, friendly newsroom reporting on important local issues across Herts, Bucks, London and Essex.

MAIN OBJECTIVES:

  • Sourcing news stories and features for the magazines
  • Proofing my own work to ensure grammar and spelling is correct
  • Proofing other reporters’ magazines
  • Conducting interviews for stories both in person and over the phone
  • Managing/creating news lists
  • Ensuring the magazines have a balance of editorial coverage (news, crime, features)
  • Suggesting front cover ideas (headlines and pictures)
  • Talking through the news list for my magazines with the sub-editor and keeping her up to date with any changes to the list
  • Liaising with the other reporters to keep track of what stories we are working on
  • Ensuring stories are not biased and the relevant people have been contacted in order to create a balanced article
  • Sourcing images to run alongside my articles
  • Maintaining strong relationships with the local dignitaries, e.g. MPs and local councillors, and residents of each community
  • Answering the phone and dealing with any requests that I am equipped to answer within my role or passing messages onto other departments/the editor
  • Uploading stories and images to the website and ensuring that at least one of my stories is uploaded to the web every day
  • Updating Twitter and Facebook accounts daily
  • Creating at least one weekly video on a local story, ensuring a variety of topics are covered, e.g. crime, events, interviews

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • NCTJ qualified or appropriate experience
  • A passion for writing and publishing
  • Approachable
  • Able to work to strict deadlines
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Good people skills
  • Strong command of English grammar, spelling and comprehension
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Must be able to multitask and work under pressure

To apply please send your CV to Nik Allen at nik@mynewsmag.co.uk

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