The South Wales Argus is looking for a new trainee reporter to join our busy newsroom at the heart of Newport. This role is suited to a trainee who has completed their NCTJ diploma and is ready to make an immediate impact reporting on a city with big ambitions and bags of potential.

The role will see you become part of a newsroom that also produces weekly titles the Free Press Series, Penarth Times and Barry & District News, and the recently launched The National Wales and you may get the opportunity to work across any or all of these titles during your traineeship.

It is a lively job. You could be doing a Facebook Live report from city centre as the pubs reopen, covering breaking news from across South Wales, reporting on the Senedd elections, and writing a heart-warming community story all on the same shift.

The role will involve weekend work and early and late shifts on a rota basis, once you have established yourself in the team.

We will give you the on-the-job training and support needed to help you become a first-class senior reporter in a lively patch, working for one of the UK's biggest news publishers.

About you

This role suits a trainee who can make an impact, with big ideas and ambitions, an eye for a story and a flair for social media.

You will be expected to make contacts on your patch and find great stories. As a reporter you have to be there at the best and worst times in people's lives and you need to handle both appropriately. You could be talking to business owners about how they have adapted through covid, or talking to people who have suffered bereavement or injustice.

Our reporters are expected to meet audience benchmarks, which means learning how to find a good story, how to tell it across different platforms and how to get it in front of more people through social media and SEO.

We do not expect you to know it all on day one, you will get support and be part of a great team. But you have got to show potential.

About us

The South Wales Argus is the daily newspaper for Newport and the surrounding area, which has developed into a strong digital brand.

As part of Newsquest, you will join one of the biggest publishing companies in the UK during a period of major transformation, in both print and online. There is plenty of opportunity to develop your career across our titles, in Newport and beyond.

If this sounds like the job for you, please apply with your CV, covering letter, examples of your work (ideally published) and three great story ideas you would like to follow up in your first week to editor, no later than Friday 7 May.

Apply to:

Mr Gavin Thompson
The South Wales Argus

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