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HTFP Jobs: Local Democracy Reporters x 20, Various

Local Democracy Reporters x 20

Johnston Press

Based: Various

Posted: Tue 20 Mar 2018 Closing Date: Fri 20 Apr 2018
Employer: Johnston Press
Job Category: Broadcast reporting
Senior reporters
Specialist reporters
Employment Type: Fixed-term contract
Sector: Regional Media

Job Description

In a groundbreaking step to further bolster the power of local reporting the Johnston Press group is recruiting a number of local democracy reporters to join their multi-award winning team.

This exciting and rare opportunity is part of an innovative collaboration between the BBC and regional publishers and is designed to increase coverage and scrutiny of local authorities across the UK and deliver in-depth coverage to regional publishers.

The local democracy reporters will be expected to investigate how public money is spent, analyze the everyday inner workings of local governments and deliver substantial coverage for the Johnston Press group.

Communities want a transparent council and the new reporters will be responsible for bringing essential news to the public’s attention. To do so the local democracy reporters will be expected to have an in depth understanding of the workings of local government and be able to deliver clear, accessible content for readers.

The reporters must have a track record of delivering accurate and original content on strict deadlines, with all content being politically-neutral and balanced. Reporters will be expected to deliver fresh reports on a daily basis, and also provide multimedia content, such as live two-way interviews for broadcast content, when required. The ideal candidates will also have a solid knowledge of social media and understand how to use it to drive audience engagement.

Candidates will also be qualified to NQJ-standard or equivalent with two years experience working to daily deadlines alongside a shorthand proficiency of 100 words per minute.

The local democracy reporters role is for  a two year fixed term contract. As part of this, the successful candidates can look forward to a competitive salary, holiday entitlement, pension scheme plus other benefits available to you as a Johnston Press employee.


The vacancies are based in various local authority regions across the UK

E5 North West Lancashire/Cumbria 2 2 x Cumbria* (CN Group Publications)
E12 Yorkshire Leeds/Wakefield/Bradford/Calderdale/Kirklees 3 1 x Leeds - YEP1 x The Huddersfield Examiner*1 x The Bradford Telegraph & Argus*
E31 Home C Hertfordshire/Luton/Bedford 3 3 x Milton Keynes / Luton

JP Publications: MK Citizen, Hemel Gazette, Biggleswade Chronicle, Leighton Buzzard Observer and the Luton News

S7 Fife Fife/Dundee/Clackmannanshire/Perth/Angus 3 1 x Fife Free Press1 x Perthshire Advertiser*1 x Dunfermline Press*
S9 Edinburgh Falkirk/Edinburgh/Lothians 3 1 x Falkirk Herald1 x West Lothian Courier*1 x East Lothian Courier *
E3 North Yorks York/Darlington/North Yorks 1 Harrogate Advertiser
E4 North East Hartlepool 1 Hartlepool Mail
E32 East Mids Peterborough 1 Peterborough Telegraph
S8 Glasgow Dunbartonshire/Renfrewshire
/N Lanarkshire/Glasgow
1 Cumbernauld News
S10 Borders Ayrshire/Dumfries/ S Lanarkshire/Borders 1 Dumfries and Galloway Standard
E26 Windsor/Oxfordshire/Milton Keynes/Bucks 1 Milton Keynes Citizen

* Vacancies in italic: This role is part of a contract awarded by the BBC to Johnston Press, in partnership with other regional publishers. The successful candidate for this role will be based in another regional publishers newsroom, and be employed by them.

Contact Details

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to or apply via the links  in the table above.  Please ensure you include the application reference and location/publication in your email.


Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Friday 20th April 2018.

Employer Information

Johnston Press

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