Trainee Reporter – The Gazette (Colchester)

The Gazette is looking for a talented reporter to unearth the best breaking news, features, leisure and trending stories on a lively news and sports patch in Essex.

We need a journalist who can help us tell the stories our audiences care about – from crime and court to human interest tales, while also championing our town and the people who live here.

You will be a self-starting, hard-working journalist, full of ideas about how to source and produce the best articles and get the most out of them digitally.

You will be willing to embrace the latest digital techniques, produce live blogs and videos, and immerse yourself in social media to dig out the exclusive stories we seek.

Getting out into the community is essential to developing relationships, attention to detail and the ability to produce accurate and engaging copy for our various online and social platforms are essential requirements of the job.

The role is primarily based at our office in Colchester but with some remote and in-the-field work, including out-of-hours.

It would ideally suit a recently qualified trainee, preferably with gold standard NCTJ preliminary qualifications or equivalent, including 100wpm shorthand.

A driving licence is essential, as is access to a car.

Please apply now and send your CV and a cover letter, explaining why you want to work for the Gazette (Colchester) and associated Essex websites/paid-for weekly papers by clicking Apply now.

The closing date for applications is Friday, March 15, please note that applications will be considered as they are submitted.

Newsquest Media Group is one of the UK’s largest newspaper and website publishers. 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.

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