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Job Vacancy: Trainee community reporter

As part of a campaign to promote the role of local journalism The Chronicle Series has a vacancy for a community reporter role, which offers an excellent opportunity to get on-the-job training. 

The job is one of 18 new journalism roles created after an expansion of Meta’s partnership with the regional press industry.

While the opportunity is open to journalism students, it is also open to those with no previous experience or training, who would like the opportunity to become a journalist.  

In-house training will be provided, and successful candidates will receive NCTJ training to achieve a professional qualification – either the diploma in journalism or the national qualification in journalism depending on experience.

The role itself will see the successful candidate work with the rural communities of East Cheshire to build contacts and write a set number of weekly stories. The successful candidate will use social media to develop stories and to share them. They will be responsible for taking and editing photographs, videos and audio where required, as well as submitting timely and accurate written reports.  

The Meta funding aims to increase the reach of journalism opportunities to those who may otherwise not apply. This could include being unable to afford to go to college or being out of the industry for a long time. People wanting to switch careers can also apply.

For applicants with no previous qualifications, we are offering training towards the diploma in journalism. Intensive training will be combined with on-the-job experience reporting in local communities.

For applicants who already hold the diploma in journalism, there is the option for advanced training towards the NCTJ’s senior level qualification, the National Qualification in Journalism, which marks the transition from junior to senior reporter.

Previous journalism experience or education is not essential, but you must be passionate about local news, care about local communities, and want to make a difference to the people living in them.

Job requirements

Applicants need to have:

  • At least five GCSEs with maths and English at a grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • Evidence of some journalism experience, or an interest in becoming a journalist;
  • The required knowledge, understanding and willingness to carry out the reporting work. Community journalism is locally-focused, professional news-gathering that typically reports on local communities, individuals and groups. In our case we hope to cover the villages that usually miss out on news coverage.

A community news reporter’s primary role is to engage with people in a defined group or geographic area and to curate, collate and create content relevant to them.

The reporter will build and develop community networks in person and online, acting as the point of contact for applicable groups, engaging with them and seeking out journalistic content.

The job involves seeking out diversity in reporting, not only listening to the loudest voices in the community but also those impacted or interested.

Anyone interested should send a CV and covering letter to chronicleseries@aol.com.

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