Local Democracy Reporter (2 Roles)

    Employer Stonebow Media

    Location Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    Industry Media

    Contract Full Time

    Job Type Permanent

    Salary DoE

    Deadline 02/01/2018

    Description

    Stonebow Media, the independent digital publishers of The Lincolnite, Lincolnshire Reporter and Lincolnshire Business, are the Greater Lincolnshire partner for the BBC Local Democracy scheme that will see some 150 journalists deployed across the country to cover local authorities.

    As part of this innovative programme, Stonebow Media is hiring two Local Democracy Reporters based at our offices in Lincoln and any other local partner offices to provide accurate and timely coverage of local democracy issues across Greater Lincolnshire, reporting on the decision-making process, what decisions are made in the public’s name and how they are arrived at.

    The two roles will work jointly to provide impartial coverage of the regular business and workings of local authorities in Greater Lincolnshire, including Lincolnshire County Council, North and North East Lincolnshire unitary authorities, the Lincolnshire district councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner and other relevant democratic institutions. This coverage will be published in both Stonebow Media publications and will also be shared with other media partners including the BBC.

    Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a reporter in a daily news environment and/or working to daily news deadlines and good writing and multimedia skills. If you are a motivated self-starter with a strong understanding of the workings and processes within local government, then we’d like to hear from you.

    Overview of the role

    • To ensure that matters, decisions and issues relating to the public authorities are covered in a timely, impartial and audience-friendly way
    • To generate multimedia content which engages the public and which meets Stonebow Media and the BBC’s standards of quality, consistency and legal accuracy
    • Be a public ambassador for the project, and become a trusted source of news and information about the public authorities covered.

    Key role responsibilities

    • Deliver strong content in a multimedia format on a daily basis, focusing primarily on text but also providing images, audio and video as and when required.
    • Write content in a way which engages and drives audience including through SEO and social media awareness
    • Ensure all content is politically neutral and provides a fair reflection of views
    • Ensure agendas for councils and public bodies are scrutinised, identifying issues and stories which need to be brought to the public’s attention.
    • Working with your content editor, identify which meetings need to be covered and reported
    • Build strong contacts for story-gathering within local communities
    • Be active on social media, in line with editorial policies, to build audiences and communities
    • Deliver live coverage as and when required
    • Provide two – way interviews for broadcast media as and when required

    The ideal candidates will have

    • Good writing skills, up-to-date legal knowledge
    • A journalism or joint university degree
    • A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a reporter in a daily news environment and/or working to daily news deadlines
    • Excellent communicator on social media
    • Excellent at working under pressure and identifying priorities
    • Self – starter
    • Be familiar with digital tools and techniques across a range of mobile devices
    • Strong understanding of working and processes within local government
    • Demonstrable experience of delivering great ideas for content
    • Strong contact-building skills
    • Proficiency taking images, shooting video and gathering audio
    • A full UK driving licence and access to a car for transport purposes

    This job description summarises the main aspect of the job, but it does not cover all the duties that the jobholder may be required to perform.

    For an informal discussion about the role, you can call Managing Editor Daniel Ionescu on 01522 837 219.

    To apply, please send us your CV and link to any of your published work (or portfolio) in the cover letter.