Based: Leeds / Midlands
|Posted:||Tue 12 Oct 2021|
|Closing Date:||Tue 26 Oct 2021|
Trainee & junior reporters
|Employment Type:||Full time|
|Sector:||News and Content Agencies|
The job: News reporters (Leeds/Midlands)
Who we are:
SWNS proudly brings the heartbeat of Britain to life for our biggest news brands. Every day, hundreds of our stories, images and videos are published and broadcast across the national media.
How do we do it? With a team of dedicated journalists, photographers, videographers and editors based across the UK who are passionate about real, original journalism.
We combine traditional reporting with the best content-gathering techniques for digital and social media to produce a news wire which carries hundreds of media assets every day.
It’s all in there - breaking news, court cases, amazing human interest stories, consumer issues, health studies, scientific breakthroughs, stunning imagery and viral videos.
Our clients are the biggest news publishers in the world – Reach, DMGT, News UK, the BBC, ITN, Yahoo! and USAToday to name a few.
Who we’re looking for:
We're after a new generation of reporters who will learn how to unearth and write the most-talked about stories.
If re-writing press releases and ‘aggregating’ material fills you with dread, then this could be the job for you.
Our reporters get out from behind their desks, speaking to real people on the phone and face-to-face. They also utilise digital tools and social media to source and verify stories.
You won't be doing it alone. You'll be part of one of the most experienced news gathering operations in the UK, surrounded by colleagues who love their jobs.
We want people who are enthusiastic about popular media content, know what makes a great story or viral and are keen to get a broad range of experience in modern journalism.
In return you will get some of the best on-the-job training in the business, see your work published in the biggest titles, and give yourself the best career prospects possible.
We are ideally looking for NCTJ-qualified candidates to join our news operations based in Leeds and the Midlands.
The Leeds’ role will be office-based, but with flexibility to work from home, whilst the Midlands’ reporter will be expected to be based in the region and work from home.
You will be involved in finding, researching and writing national news stories under the guidance or our experienced news editors.
We also carry out commissioned work from clients such as the Sun, Mirror, Daily Mail, Times and Telegraph.
You will be expected to respond quickly to emerging stories in the local media, where we have a network of syndication partners, and generate your own ideas and story leads.
You will be writing for news outlets but should have an awareness of what makes a good feature story for magazines, TV and our own growing social channels.
All applicants will ideally have:
- NCTJ or similar qualification preferred
- Shorthand to 100wpm+ (or 60wpm with view to achieving 100wpm)
- Full driving licence.
- Newswriting experience and the ability to turn around quick, accurate copy
- Be confident and personable with the ability to quickly strike a rapport with people, both in person and on the phone
- Have a sharp eye for a story and the competitive drive to develop them.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with CV and covering letter, making it clear you are applying for either the Leeds role or the Midlands role.
Closing date 26/10/2021
Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Tuesday 26th October 2021.
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