Our mission is to tell the untold: digging deep to bring to our audience unreported issues and stories, as well as angles and context that are missed by other media.
We are looking for a full-time professional reporter to join our team in London. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a news agency based in the British capital, where we will give an alternative perspective on the news affecting people’s lives in the UK.
The journalist will comment on developments across the UK; from London and other locations if required by the editors. In addition, the successful candidate will provide timely, expert and authoritative multimedia news coverage and analysis across Sputnik UK outlets.
Reporting on all aspects of political, commercial, economic, social and cultural life in the UK, the journalist will keep abreast of relevant news topics and current and future events. The reporter should alert editors to breaking news and be prepared to file accurate and spontaneous reports.
This role is mainly about researching and writing articles for the Sputnik website, but the reporter will be required to do live reporting and so must be proficient with social media and able to perform Facebook live reporting in an engaging manner and use twitter. The ability to edit videos as well for social media is an asset.
In addition the reporter should be prepared to conduct and present interviews for a radio format and to liaise with the radio team in Edinburgh.
Flexibility is critical to this position as the successful candidate will be required to work on a shift basis, including nights, weekends and public holidays. The ability to work flexibly using a range of multi-media is paramount. The reporter may also be required to travel within the target region for assignments and training.
The Ideal Candidate
In addition to a strong understanding of UK politics and society, the candidate should also demonstrate innovative and creative approaches to bring Sputnik to a wider audience.
The successful candidate will be able to write and broadcast in an engaging manner and demonstrate awareness of the local media market and their listener base. Furthermore, he or she should have the confidence and tenacity to pursue information, overcome obstacles and pitch ideas to senior colleagues.
A real on-air authority, critical ear and an appreciation of what makes compelling, live radio are qualities we are looking for.
Some experience of both live studio production and field reporting is essential, as is the following:
- Educated to degree level or equivalent
- Native or fluent English
- Proficiency in utilizing social media, Facebook live reporting etc
- Other European languages
- Well-developed IT skills
- Ability to utilize social media
- EU citizenship/ right to work in the UK
IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION - Examples of previous reports - audio files