The Dorset Echo is recruiting for an ambitious, dynamic journalist who is enthusiastic about delivering the digital stories our audience wants to read.

We are looking for either a recently-qualified trainee or someone already working in the industry who is keen to take the next step on the career ladder.

Based in Weymouth, you will be working in one of the most exciting patches Newsquest has to offer. A growing seaside town rich in history and big events – but with plenty of brilliant stories to tell.

We are based in a state-of-the-art office where you will be perfectly based for breaking news and digging out those exciting stories.

You will work as part of our newsroom team driving our digital-first agenda and growing our audience with the content which matters to the people of south and west Dorset.

Weymouth is perfectly placed on the Jurassic Coast and is a beautiful place to live and work.

You will be:

  • Digitally focused – and know how to deliver proper local news stories in the most engaging way
  • Full of digital ideas and confident on how to make them sing online
  • Someone who lives and breathes digital, understands the needs and pressures of a fast-moving modern newsroom, and can spot news trends and react to them fast
  • Ready to try new ideas and have some fun with them
  • Ready to delve into analytics and know how to use them to maximise digital traffic – and hungry to learn
  • Driven to get the best stories for our audience – and get out there and talk to people
  • Keen to get under the skin of the community you are serving and dig out the exclusives we are looking for
  • A talented trainee willing to work hard and get the best out of a busy patch
  • Keen to develop your SEO skills and have a working knowledge of it
  • You will either be an NCTJ-qualified trainee or have a journalism degree. If your degree is not NCTJ accredited we will provide the relevant additional training for you to become a fully NCTJ qualified journalist
  • Seniors should have the NQJ qualification
  • Salary is dependent on experience
  • You must have access to a car and a clean driving licence

If this sounds like the job for you, click apply to send your CV and a brief covering letter to regional group editor Diarmuid MacDonagh by 10 February.

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