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My News Mag

Based: Hemel Hempstead

Posted: Thu 11 Jun 2020
Closing Date: Thu 6 Aug 2020
Employer: My News
Job Category: Newsdesk
Senior reporters
Specialist reporters
Trainee & junior reporters
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: £18,000.00 to £20,000.00 /year
Sector: Regional Media

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News Reporter

My News Mag

Based: Hemel Hempstead

Posted: Thu 11 Jun 2020
Closing Date: Thu 6 Aug 2020
Employer: My News
Job Category: Newsdesk
Senior reporters
Specialist reporters
Trainee & junior reporters
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: £18,000.00 to £20,000.00 /year
Sector: Regional Media

Job Description

MAIN OBJECTIVES:

  • Sourcing stories and features for the magazines
  • Pitching new editorial ideas to the news editor
  • Proofing my own work to ensure grammar and spelling is correct
  • Proofing the magazines after the news editor & senior reporter and before the magazine is sent to print
  • Writing advertorials for clients
  • Conducting interviews for stories and advertorials both in person and over the phone
  • Adhering to house style and adapting for advertorials
  • Organising my emails from editor and contacts to ensure all strong stories sent to me are covered
  • Managing/creating the news list for the magazines in which I take a lead reporter role
  • Assigning stories to the other reporters for these four 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)
  • Suggesting front cover ideas (headlines and pictures) to the news editor, predominantly for ‘my’ four magazines but also contributing ideas and opinions for the other magazines
  • Talking through the news list for ‘my’ four magazines with the news editor and keeping her up to date with any changes to the list
  • Keeping the news editor informed as to what my ‘strongest’ stories are for each magazine and which have the potential to be leads or double page spreads
  • Informing the news editor/design team of my ideas/visions for the layout and design of particular stories – i.e. DPs and SPS copy
  • Writing catchy headlines and picture captions
  • Liaising with the other 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 my editorial
  • Going out to photograph events/places/people if a suitable image cannot be sent to the office
  • 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 work for our publication
  • Maintaining strong relationships with the local dignitaries and residents of each community
  • Attending council meetings and events
  • Answering the phone and dealing with any requests that I am equipped to answer within my role or passing messages onto other departments/ the editor
  • Uploading stories and images to the website and ensuring that at least one of my stories or press releases is uploaded to the web every day
  • Updating multiple twitter accounts

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • NCTJ Qualified or appropriate experience
  • A passion for writing and publishing
  • Approachable
  • Good news judgement
  • Able to work to strict deadlines
  • Strong work ethic as deadlines are tight
  • Adherence to dress code
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Good people skills
  • Reactive to hard and immediate news and proactive in difficult situations
  • Good time management
  • Strong command of English grammar, spelling and comprehension
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Must be able to multi task and work under pressure

Contact Details

To apply please send your CV to Nik Allen at nik@mynewsmag.co.uk

 

Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Thursday 6th August 2020.

Employer Information

My News
London Road, Hemel Hempstead,
HP3
United Kingdom