The News is teaming up with Facebook and the NCTJ to hire a reporter as part of The Community News Project

The Community News Project is a project led by Facebook, the National Council for the Training of Journalists and local newsrooms across the country - including The News, Portsmouth
The Community News Project is a project led by Facebook, the National Council for the Training of Journalists and local newsrooms across the country - including The News, Portsmouth
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DO YOU care about what goes on around you, wish your community had a louder voice and want to make a difference? If so, then The Community News Project needs you.

A partnership between Facebook, local news publishers and the National Council for the Training of Journalists is creating 82 new community reporter roles around the UK.

As a result The News is looking to hire a reporter to work at its newsroom. 

Previous journalism experience or education is not essential. We want people who care about their communities and want to make a difference within them. 

We’re especially keen to hear from people who believe they can help make our newsrooms more representative of the communities they serve.

Flexible arrangements will be considered for the right candidates and successful candidates in their final year of journalism study will be able to start at the end of the academic course.

About the role: 

Your main role will be to engage with people in specific communities to curate, collate and create content relevant to them.

You will build and act as the point of contact for online communities by engaging with and seeking out content either written by you or from members of those communities.

You will also receive industry-leading digital journalism training as well as the gold-standard NCTJ journalism training to become a fully-trained journalist.

About you

You do need to have at least five GCSEs with maths and English at a C or above (or equivalent).

We also welcome people who are doing a completely different job – and want to make a career change to become a journalist.

We are offering two routes into journalism as a result of this scheme.

For applicants with no previous journalism experience or education, we are offering journalism apprenticeships, which combine intensive training with on-the-job experience in local communities.

For applicants with previous journalism experience or education, we are offering trainee community reporter roles, where support will be provided to gain the necessary NCTJ qualifications to become a senior reporter.

This position is a two-year fixed contract. In addition to your salary, JPIMedia offer 26 days paid annual leave, along with a number of flexible benefits.

We are committed to equal opportunity for all. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process. We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don't delay in submitting yours.

How to apply:
If you feel this job is for you, please send a CV and a covering letter explaining why you’re the right person for the job to Tom Morton, Head of News, The News, 1000 Lakeside, Western Road, Northarbour, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN, or email tom.morton@thenews.co.uk 

The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 31, 2019.