The Bolton News is looking for two top-class reporters who are passionate about digital storytelling, hard-working, full of ideas and have the desire to come up with innovative ways of presenting stories across various platforms.

We seek ambitious, digitally skilled, versatile journalists to cover breaking news and write stories from this incredibly lively patch.

The right candidates will also be able to report for other titles in the region, including the Bury Times.

A major part of the job will be immersing yourself in social media, developing relationships and understanding what matters to the local community.

We want to tell the stories our audiences care about - from covering crime and local politics to powerful human interest pieces and championing the best of our local communities.

The job will primarily be based at our friendly regional newsroom in Bolton – but you will be required to get out on patch and we are flexible about home working.

Ideally, you will be a fully qualified reporter with gold-standard NCTJ with 100wpm. 

You will also be: 

  • Brimming with ideas on how to tackle the remit and get the most out of it digitally 
  • Fully across what digital readers want from local news coverage 
  • Excellent at developing relationships with key contacts to improve coverage 
  • Driven to succeed using the digital analytics tools at your disposal 
  • A self-starter, brilliant with time management 
  • Passionate about social media  
  • Have an excellent knowledge of relevant media law  
  • Have a versatile, fresh, and energetic writing style with 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  
  • Knowledge of SEO and its importance to digital journalism  
  • Have collaborative skills to pool ideas with the wider digital reporting team and take on board suggestions

A driving licence is preferred, as is access to a car. We work on a rota basis with some early and late shifts as well as some weekend work.

If this sounds like the role for you, email your CV and a brief cover letter by Monday, 24 June. We will be interviewing candidates as and when applications come in so don’t delay in applying.

Newsquest Media Group is one of the UK's largest newspaper and website publishers. As well as a competitive salary, we also offer generous benefits including:

  • Contributory pension  
  • Perks and discounts at various retail outlets  
  • Opportunities for team building and training days  
  • 25 days' paid holiday + statutory bank holidays + your birthday day off. 
  • Structured career progression, ongoing training, and personal performance reviews  
  • Discount vouchers  
  • Discounted gym membership  
  • Cycle to Work scheme  
  • Mental health support via Lifeworks  
  • Eye test vouchers plus £50 towards new glasses
  • Annual Volunteer Charity Day  

Newsquest Media Group is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

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