Newsquest, the UK's leading local media group, has announced a major new £1.5 million per annum investment in local journalism with the recruitment of 50 new digital journalist roles across the UK.

As part of this investment we are looking for more top-class digital-only reporters to help lead its unrivalled local online coverage across the UK.

Every day our online news brands reach millions of people right across the country - almost 80 per cent of the local population - and you will be joining a team of driven, innovative digital specialists taking our content to the next level.

This role presents an exciting opportunity for a digitally-savvy journalist to get out and about to unearth the best breaking news, features, human interest, leisure and lifestyle stories from across their patch.

You will be delivering the sort of fast, agile and dynamic coverage that our readers expect and deserve in 2021.

You will be passionate about digital storytelling, with a desire to come up with new and innovative ways of telling those stories using a vast array of different skills, tools and platforms.

A big part of the job will also be immersing yourself in social media to help you tell your stories, develop relationships in your area and discover what it is that gets your community talking.

You will not be stuck at home, but working amid the buzz of our local newsrooms and encouraged to get out into your patch and make a difference. 

We want to tell the stories our communities care about - everything from what is happening on the roads to the latest on crime on our streets, and delivering the inside story of the people and places that make your towns and cities tick.

Key responsibilities

  • Writing high-quality, accurate digital news stories, live blogs and features to deadlines as agreed by news editors
  • Using a range of digital tools and platforms to tell stories, including video, audio, infographics and maps
  • Crafting and posting social media posts to sell your stories and drive engagement
  • Using social media to build contacts and sniff out the best stories from your community
  • Engaging our loyal readers and expanding our reach through bespoke email newsletters and subscription messaging 
  • Being first to report accurate breaking news from your patch to keep readers bang up to date
  • Thinking creatively to come up with new story ideas and ways to deliver them to our audience that suit our digital platforms
  • Building our digital audience and social media following to bring our content to even more people in the community
  • Spotting national/regional content that could resonate in your patch and making it relevant and interesting to our readers
  • Keeping on top of what is happening at court and working with our court reporters to deliver the best stories and live coverage online, as well as getting involved in maximising opportunities of weekly listings/results
  • Developing ideas produced by colleagues and our community content network to drill down into issues locally and adapt them for a digital audience
  • Using your SEO skills to spot trends and opportunities to reach the largest possible audience
  • With guidance from editors, using analytics to identify what our readers like and what they want next from our coverage
  • Building contacts in the community and getting out and about on your patch to see what’s really going on
  • Joining forces with your counterparts across the UK to share ideas, best practice, success stories and skills

Ideally you will have:

  • An NCTJ qualification (including 100wpm shorthand)
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant media law
  • A versatile, fresh and energetic writing style
  • 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
  • Skills with shooting and editing video as well as online tools and apps for producing images and audio
  • A keen news sense
  • Bags of ideas for how stories can be presented in the best possible way for our audiences
  • An understanding of what audiences want, and when
  • A good sense of humour
  • Knowledge of SEO and its importance to digital journalism
  • Excellent social media skills and the ability to spot stories and trending topics
  • Great people skills and the ability to get on with a wide range of people in the community
  • A high level of organisation and the ability to manage your own diary out on patch
  • Collaborative skills to pool ideas with the wider digital reporting team and take on board suggestions

Reporting to the digital audience and content editor, the roles will be based in Glasgow, Mold, Basildon, Colchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Salisbury, Bolton, Blackburn, Darlington, Durham, Bradford, York, Hereford, Newport, Taunton, South London, Brighton, Worcester, Oxford, Swindon, Reading, High Wycombe, Carlisle and Kendal.

They can be a mix of home working and being in a newsroom. If this sounds like a role for you, then please send your CV and a brief email stating which location you are interested in working in to by 31 May 2021.

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