Reporter – Southern Daily Echo (Southampton)

The Southern Daily Echo is looking for a trainee reporter to hit the ground running at our busy digital-first newsroom in Southampton.

You will be digitally adept and able to cover breaking news, interview people, and capture images and video.

The ideal candidate will have a gold standard NCTJ, with 100 words per minute shorthand, a full driving licence and their own transport.

You will want to tell the stories our audience cares about. You will also use analytics to help guide you.

This role will include covering court, crime and politics, and you will also help champion the local community through your journalism.

You’ll also ask the questions that hold power to account.

You will be:

  • Ambitious, enthusiastic, and a self-starter always keen to pitch story ideas.
  • 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
  • Driven to succeed using the digital analytics tools at your disposal

You will have:

  • Knowledge of how to best use social media
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant media law
  • 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 reporting team

As part of Newsquest, you will join one of the biggest publishing companies in the UK. There is plenty of opportunity to develop your career across our titles, Cumbria and beyond.

We offer a competitive starting salary and benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays and your birthday day off!
  • Contributory Pension
  • Perks & Discounts at various retail outlets
  • Opportunities for team building and training days
  • 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

To be considered, please send your CV by clicking Apply Now.

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