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 sport reporters to help lead its unrivalled local online coverage in Glasgow, Bolton and Southampton.

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 sports journalist to cover every inch of the major clubs in our communities, unearthing the best breaking news, exclusive features, reaction and fan-centred stories from across the patch.

You will be delivering the sort of fast, agile and dynamic coverage of sport that our readers expect and deserve in 2021. As well as being at heart of live coverage, you will be passionate about digital storytelling, with a desire to come up with new and innovative ways of keeping fans and neutrals alike up to date and entertained 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 the community around your club talking.

Audience analytics will be a big part of the role, and you will be comfortable with using data to spot what to write next and how to maximise the potential audience for your stories, as well as identifying trends and national talking points that would resonate on a local level.  

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 tell the stories that fans want - be that reaction, transfer gossip, stats-based features, happenings around the club or interviews with players and staff. 

This is your chance to create a new content approach for sports coverage - fast-paced, entertaining stories using video, audio, charts and graphics as well as good old fashioned reporting. There is also a massive opportunity to find news audiences through Google and search. 

We want to tell the stories our readers care about - everything from what is happening in our clubs, what might happen, putting stats and data into context and delivering the inside story of the people and places that make your clubs tick. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Writing high-quality, accurate digital sports stories, live blogs and features to deadlines as agreed by editors
  • Using a range of digital tools and platforms to tell stories, including video, audio, infographics and maps
  • Using your SEO skills to spot trends and opportunities to reach the largest possible audience
  • Crafting and posting social media posts to sell your stories and drive engagement
  • Engaging with fans both in person and on social media and reflecting their views
  • Using social media to build contacts and sniff out the best stories from your clubs and fan communities
  • Engaging our loyal readers and expanding our reach through bespoke email newsletters and subscription messaging 
  • Being first to report accurate breaking sports 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
  • 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
  • An interest in a variety of diverse sports - not just football - and a good knowledge of the UK sports scene is important

Ideally you will have:

  • An NCTJ qualification (including 100wpm shorthand)
  • 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 knowledge of relevant media law as it affects sports news
  • Firm grasp of local and national sports media content and coverage, and what digital sports news looks like in 2021
  • 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 sport editor/editor, this role 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 if you are interested in working in Glasgow, Bolton or Southampton to by 31 May 2021.

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