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HTFP Jobs: News Editor / Senior Reporter, Apsley, Herts

News Editor / Senior Reporter

My Local News

Based: Apsley, Herts

Posted: Fri 28 Jul 2017 Closing Date: Fri 25 Aug 2017
Employer: My Local News
Job Category: Feature writers
Multimedia Journalists
Senior reporters
Specialist reporters
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Competitive salary offered
Sector: Regional Press

Job Description




• To manage a team of journalists by distributing workload and giving guidance as to what stories need to be written and how best to approach them.

• To ensure each magazine has strong relevant news stories specific for each area.

• To maintain, review and update news lists on a regular basis to ensure the magazines are of the highest standard.

• To organise news stories into a relevant order and to design the pages on in-design.

• To organise reporters so a proofing schedule is in place and run efficiently so errors are kept to a minimum.

• To constantly evaluate the performance of reporters and give guidance as to how to improve.

• To contribute/manage in the weekly editorial meetings.

• To work closely with other departments including design, to ensure the smooth production of the magazines.

• To work with sales when dealing with a client and ensuring any planned advertorials are written and included in the magazines.

• To ensure all magazines meet strict deadlines.

• To write stories for your own magazines, features and advertorials where needed.

• To liaise with the Publisher & Creative Director on a regular basis to ensure the magazines are of the expected standard and that production is being run as efficiently as possible.

• Conducting interviews for stories and advertorials both in person and over the phone.

• Adhering to house style and adapting for advertorials.

• Assigning stories to the other reporters for their magazines and keeping up to date with any ideas or contributions they wish to make.

• Ensuring the magazines have a balance of editorial coverage (news, crime, features).

• Coming up with front cover ideas (headlines and pictures) for all magazines.

• Talking through the news list with the reporters and keeping them up to date with any changes to the list.

• Liaising with reporters about their potential leads stories and ensuring they have considered a suitable option for any designed single or double page spreads.

• Informing the design team of my ideas/visions for the layout and design of particular stories.

• Writing catchy headlines and picture captions.

• Liaising with the reporters to keep track of what stories we are working on to avoid duplication and ensure a variety of editorial content.

• Sourcing images to run alongside editorial and advising reporters on image ideas.

• Ensuring the originality of all photographs (copyright issues).

• Keeping on top of the local and national news to ensure topical coverage and to find an angle to current national stories that would be unique for our publication.

• Maintaining strong relationships with the local dignitaries and residents of each community.

• Attending council meetings and events in your own magazine areas.


• NCTJ Qualified
• Appropriate experience
• Good organisational and leadership skills
• A passion for writing and publishing
• Approachable
• Good news judgement
• Able to work to strict deadlines
• Strong work ethic as deadlines are tight
• Able to work as part of a team
• Good communication skills essential
• Reactive to hard and immediate news and proactive in difficult situations
• Good time management
• Good command of English grammar, spelling and comprehension
• Must be able to multi task and work under pressure
• Flexible with time, to ensure deadlines are met and to respond to the situation in the office

Contact Details

To apply please send your CV to Nik Allen at


Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Friday 25th August 2017.

Employer Information

My Local News
London Road, Hemel Hempstead,
United Kingdom

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