JOB VACANCY: Camden New Journal seeks new reporter

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Friday, 8th April

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THE Camden New Journal group is looking to hire a full-time news journalist.

This role would be described by different organisations as a trainee or junior reporter, maybe even a ‘cub’ reporter – but although it is an entry-level position, we want all our staff to feel connected and involved in what goes into the paper each week.

This means the reporter will follow diary jobs and set tasks from the news editor, but they will also be expected to come up with their own ideas for stories of interest and themes that they want to follow. Our existing team will provide guidance to help a reporter at the start of their career to develop skills.

We will be looking for ‘hard’ news stories from the reporter,  but also articles which celebrate the best of the borough.

Applicants should have a working knowledge of our readership areas if possible – although we understand these positions are often good for people moving to London to further their careers in journalism – a good appreciation of current affairs, online skills and a strong news sense. They must have a clear writing style which cuts through the jargon.

The position will be based at our offices in Camden Town, but reporters should not be in front of a screen all day and they must be comfortable with going to events and meeting people face-to-face where and when it is safe to do so, now Covid restrictions have been relaxed.

Being able to confidently interview people with both sensitivity and scrutiny, as required, is a must-have skill.

There is no story quota.

There is some flexible working, but there will be some evening work and occasional weekend duties depending on how different stories develop.

The use of social media is, of course, important and leads to tips and ideas, but we are looking for a reporter who is not content with scraping articles from social media and wire copy, and instead is keen to develop their own original stories and then able to think how their work might be told and shared online.

We highly value imagination and enthusiasm.

CVs and short covering letters with suggestions about what applicants can bring to the role should be sent to the editor Richard Osley,

Please mark all emails ‘Reporter Vacancy’.

Reporters who have applied for a position at the Camden New Journal or Islington Tribune in the last 12 months do not need to send in a new application.

Salary will be competitive with local newspaper industry rates.

We are ideally looking for a reporter who can start work from the middle of/late May, but there may be some flexibility for a preferred candidate; fitting in with the end of courses and pre-booked holiday.

We are also very willing to work around notice periods that candidates may have to serve, and ask candidates not to pressure current employers to let them leave earlier than is fair – as we understand the knock on consequences for them.

A closing date is set for April 22, but – importantly – we will look at applications as they come in and reserve the right to close the process early depending on interest. We may also extend the process if it is felt the Easter holidays have led to a reduced number of applications, but this cannot be guaranteed.

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