Community Reporters x 3
Do you care about what goes on around you, wish your community had a louder voice, and want to make a difference?
If so, the Community News Project needs you. A partnership between Facebook, local news publishers and the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the CNI is creating 82 new community reporter roles around the UK.
MNA Media, publishers of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star are proud to support this initiative and as a result we are looking for three journalists to join us working from either our Wolverhampton or Ketley offices.
Previous journalism experience or education is not essential. We want people who care about their communities, and want to make a difference in local communities. We are especially keen to hear from people who believe they can help make our newsrooms more representative of the communities they serve. Flexible arrangements will be considered for the right applicants. Successful candidates in their final year of journalism study will be able to start at the end of the academic course.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The successful applicant’s role will be to engage with people in specific communities to curate, collate and create content relevant to them. You will build and act as the point of contact for online communities by engaging with and seeking out content either written by you or from members of those communities.
You will receive industry-leading digital journalism training which you will then share into your newsrooms, as well as the gold-standard NCTJ journalism training to become a fully-trained journalist.
The successful applicants will need to have at least 5 GCSEs with Maths and English at a C or above (or equivalent). We also welcome applications from people who are doing a completely different job and want to make a career change and become a journalist.
We are offering two routes into journalism as a result of this scheme.
For applicants with no previous journalism experience or education, we are offering journalism apprenticeships, which combine intensive training with on-the-job experience in local communities.
For applicants with previous journalism experience or education we are offering trainee community reporter roles, where support will be provided to gain the necessary NCTJ qualifications to become a senior reporter.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
All roles will be offered on a 2-year fixed-term contract with competitive rates of pay on offer in addition to 25 days annual holiday plus statutory holidays, pro-rata entitlements will apply if part-time. Free onsite parking and the successful candidates will also be signed up to the company employee perks programme which offers discounts and savings to redeem at hundreds of supermarkets, shops, days out, destinations and restaurants.
MNA Media are an equal opportunities employer ensuring fair opportunities to both current employees and prospective job applicants. Our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that individuals are treated on their merits and abilities, shortlisting of applicants and interviews are done by more than one person wherever possible. If these roles are of interest to you please send a copy of your current CV and cover letter explaining why you feel you are the right person for the role to:
Closing date: 25 February 2019