Main Purpose of Job

Sourcing and writing news to weekly deadlines for The MJ, and to daily deadlines for To produce news to established editorial standards and to represent the magazine and Hemming Group in the local government market.

Key Responsibilities

  • Gathering and generating news
  • Assisting News Editor in establishing the weekly news lists
  • Sourcing news and writing for the web
  • Promoting content through social media
  • Feature writing and using feature content to generate news
  • Ensuring editorial quality of the magazine and web is of a high standard
  • Representing the magazine and other Hemming Group products to the local government market


  • Writing news - from lead stories to briefs
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts within the local government industry
  • Monitoring news sources for stories - from newspapers, magazines, internet, press releases and contacts
  • Passing potential feature leads to Features Editor and feature writing
  • Working with other members of staff to develop the strategy of the magazine
  • Liaising with/assisting News Editor in establishing weekly news list and daily contributions to the website
  • Providing photographs, where possible, to accompany stories
  • Attending events to report and to represent the magazine within the market
  • Maintain and improve the quality and accuracy of editorial
  • Sourcing letters for the letters page
  • Writing/sourcing materials for the people page
  • Operating the web content management system and uploading content from the magazine onto the web

Success Criteria

  • The news content of the magazine and website are of the highest quality
  • The profile and reputation of the magazine and website grows in the market
  • Increased number of ‘off-diary’ and exclusive news stories
  • The magazine is produced weekly within deadlines, and the website is updated regularly by the reporter
  • The competition will tend to follow our initiatives
  • Maintain good working relations with colleagues

Person Specification

  • Ideally, candidates should have previous news reporting experience on either a local newspaper or a weekly trade news title and experience of operating a web content management system.
  • A social care and/or public service background would be advantageous but is not essential. HTML training would also be desirable.

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