Do you care about what goes on around you?

Wish your community had a louder voice, and want to make a difference?

The Community News Project needs you.

A partnership between Meta, local news publishers and the NCTJ, the community news project is creating up to 100 community reporter roles around the UK.

In this area, The News and Star are looking to hire a reporter to work from their North Cumbria newsroom.

Previous journalism experience or education is not essential. We want people who are passionate about local news, care about their communities, and want to make a difference for the people living in them.

We are especially keen to hear from people who believe they can help make our newsrooms more representative of the communities they serve.

Flexible arrangements will be considered for the right candidates.

About the role:

Your main role will be to engage with people in specific communities to curate, collate and create content relevant to them. You will build and act as the point of contact for online communities by engaging with and seeking out content either written by you or from members of those communities.

You will also receive industry-leading digital journalism training which you will then share in your newsrooms, as well as gold-standard NCTJ journalism training to become a fully-trained journalist.

About you:

In order to be considered, you need to have at least five GCSEs with Maths and English at a grade C or above (or equivalent).

We welcome applicants who are currently doing a completely different job and want to make a career change to become a journalist.

We are offering two routes into journalism as a result of this scheme:

For applicants with no previous NCTJ qualifications, we are offering training towards the Diploma in Journalism, the qualification that editors look for when hiring trainee-level journalists. Intensive training will be combined with on-the-job experience, reporting in local communities.

For applicants who already hold the Diploma in Journalism, there is the option to combine your CNP role with further, advanced training towards the NCTJ's senior-level qualification, the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ), which marks the transition from junior to a senior reporter position.

In addition to competitive salaries, a bonus structure and a contributory pension scheme, Newsquest offers a whole host of voluntary flexible benefits. These include holiday purchases, a cycle scheme, staff discounts and an employee assistance programme.

We are committed to equal opportunity for all. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process. We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don't delay in submitting your application.

If you feel this job is for you, please send a CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right person for the job by clicking apply now.

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