Advert / Media / Entertainment

Trainee Life Writer

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Job Introduction
It is a really exciting time to join the Reach family. Due to our sustained growth and our ambitious future growth plans, we are now looking for a Trainee Life Writer to join us as part of our network of Live brands across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

This role exists to find and report on the aspects of life which matter to local readers away from the main news agenda. Areas such as shopping, parenting and entertainment. People in this role will provide articles and content which informs, indulges, inspires and involves readers, and makes us more part of readers’ lives beyond the regular news agenda.

This role will be home based. Due to the nature of the position this candidate will need to live in the local area.

So, who are we?

Hello, we are Reach! You might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to the UK and Ireland’s most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Mirror, Daily Express and OK!, to our regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more), our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people.

We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human. Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too.

Key Responsibilities

  • Find and tell stories about local communities which engages as many readers as possible, or stories which will be of interest to local communities
  • Build communities online and in real life to share stories with once published, and engaged with readers about those stories
  • Tell stories in many different ways, including (but not limited to) real-time live blogs, article format, video, audio and pictures
  • Ensure every piece of content is thoroughly researched and balanced prior to publication, in accordance with the Editor’s Code of practice
  • Act up or cover in other roles as and when required by the business
  • Uphold Reach’s policy around diversity and inclusion and work to ensure our values around non discrimination are upheld in everything we publish.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Digital publishing skills – working a CMS, shooting video, taking pictures
  • Strong public affairs knowledge
  • Social media skills – following on social media, track record of building communities on social media
  • Passion for digital storytelling in local journalism
  • A valid UK driving licence
  • NCTJ or equiv qualification or working towards
  • Strong track record in telling stories, accurately, which engage large audience
  • Proven track record for digital storytelling

Package Description

  • 25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Giving back day– an additional day’s leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
  • Flexibility – In this role, you’ll be fully remote-working (UK based) giving you more flexibility to balance home and life.
  • Enhanced family leave– including maternity, paternity and adoption – and you’ll be eligible after just six months’ employment
  • Private Healthcare Cash Plan – free health cash plan so you can claim back cash for a range of medical expenses
  • As one of the UK’s top 50 Inclusive Employers everyone’s invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
  • Wellbeing support – including a 24/7 assistance programme for you and your nearest and dearest, a free subscription to mindfulness app Headspace and access to free mental health coaching through Sanctus
  • Awesome career opportunities – you’ll have support from your line manager and a range of learning & development programmes
  • We are a FTSE 250 Company, and also a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels.

Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

Employment Type Permanent

Advertiser Type Agency