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- Full Time
About us: LGCplus.com and LGC magazine are the leading information sources for decision makers in town, city, and county halls nationwide. Our stories, including our disclosure of the size of the financial shortfall local government has faced because of Covid and our revelation of how the government’s towns fund is being disproportionately awarded to marginal constituencies, are frequently picked up by the national press and quoted in parliamentary debates or reports.
Key themes of LGC’s coverage include council finance, the local coronavirus response, central/local political battles, how services can be transformed in response to diminished budgets and the relationships of councils with partner bodies such as the government, NHS, police, and private companies.
LGC has a history stretching back over 160 years. In addition to its journalism, it also runs agenda-setting conferences and events, including the LGC Awards which is the biggest celebration of British local government talent.
About the role: We are seeking a second reporter to join our news team. The role will require coming up with the ideas for, researching and writing high-quality news stories, investigations, analysis pieces and comment. These can be in relation to all aspects of councils’ work including politics, sometimes complicated financial stories and interviewing senior figures in local and central government.
About you: This role is open to all candidates with journalism training, for instance with an NCTJ or an MA qualification, including new starters in the profession. You will need to demonstrate enthusiasm – to both produce quality journalism and with regards to LGC’s subject matter – and personal potential, showing that with our support you can bring in high-quality stories relevant for LGC’s audience. You also need to be a fast worker and have strong people skills.
The chosen candidate will either have a track record of delivering exclusive published stories or be able to demonstrate that they have the ideas, commitment and resourcefulness required to do so.
Knowledge of local government and of data journalism would be a bonus. The chosen candidate needs to be adaptable, for instance by changing priorities as LGC’s news priorities change and demonstrate an ability to work efficiently and develop a strong level of expertise. You should be tenacious, diligent, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
- Reporting on the fast-paced local government world
- Coming up with fresh ideas for content including news stories, investigations, and opinion pieces for LGC’s briefing newsletter
- Writing and researching quickly to meet deadlines
- Excellent writing and grammatical skills, as well as being a stickler for accuracy
- Developing and maintaining high level contacts within the sector
- Attending events in London and around the UK, representing LGC
- Willingness to engage with team to share ideas and mutual support
Benefits: emap is part of the Metropolis Group, together we are committed to providing a happy and healthy place to work, so we offer fantastic benefits and perks to our employees.
25 days of holiday per year (with the option to buy or sell)
- Health plan
- Life insurance cover
- Cycle to work scheme.
- Discounted gym memberships
- Retail discount vouchers and more
How to apply:
Please click 'APPLY NOW' to send your CV and a covering letter including your notice and salary expectations.
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback at the application stage, however if you are successfully shortlisted you will be contacted within 10 working days of the closing date.
Part of Metropolis international Group We are committed to Emap being a happy and healthy place to work, so we offer fantastic benefits and perks to our employees. They include 25 days of holiday per year (with the option to buy or sell), health plan and life insurance cover, Cycle 2 Work scheme, discounted gym memberships, retail discount vouchers and much more!
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.