This full-time, permanent position based in Manchester city centre would suit a graduate reporter looking to kickstart their career in journalism after completing a relevant degree or diploma course in the subject. The ideal candidate will be NCTJ-qualified, extremely self-motivated and ready to hit the ground running.

Cognitive Publishing Ltd is business media publisher. We produce three market-leading titles, associated websites and multimedia content for a combined audience of over 600,000 industry leaders, including politicians, health executives and rail decision-makers.

The digital journalist will be responsible for producing fresh, original and exciting news stories for all the company’s online brands that can engage our diverse audiences with exclusive, thought-provoking content and analysis. You will be not afraid of following leads, interviewing C-level contacts, pitching your own ideas and getting creative with your news articles.

You will be a self-starter who cultivates rich stories via contacts, events, press conferences, follow-ups of stories in the non-specialist media, FOIs, news releases, and those generated from research undertaken for the print titles. The ideal candidate will rely very little on management and instruction and instead thrive as a self-starter.

Essential skills

  • Fast & interesting writing style
  • Sharp news sense
  • Accuracy & reliability
  • Can-do attitude
  • Digital nativity & social media savviness, including live Tweeting
  • Demonstrable experience in journalism
  • Professionalism & a natural ability to network with industry leaders

Desirable skills

  • Contacts in public sector, NHS or rail
  • Newsroom experience
  • 100wpm shorthand

There will be an opportunity to explore feature writing for our titles and attend nationwide events, including major conferences, black-tie networking dinners and awards galas. You will also represent Cognitive at the many industry events we are requested to attend, meaning you must be a naturally friendly and outgoing person who loves to network and draw in audiences.

An ability to demonstrate an interest in government and public affairs, business and technology is essential, as well as having a good news sense and a portfolio of published journalism. You must have a concise but interesting writing style, excellent spelling and grammar, and a confident phone manner. Knowledge of media law would be an advantage. Working quickly and calmly under pressure and writing to a deadline as part of a tight-knit team is a must.

How to apply

Send your CV, covering letter and two to three samples of your journalism to Luana Salles (Editor):

Expected Salary: In excess of £18,00.

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