The Welwyn Hatfield Times, Trainee Reporter

£18,345 to £20,000 
Closing date
7 Feb 2022

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Job Type
Full Time
Regional, News
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The Welwyn Hatfield Times is looking for a talented and ambitious trainee reporter who can hit the ground running as part of our lively news team.  

We want someone who combines sound news judgement and multimedia awareness to build on our reputation for insightful and informative community journalism.

 You'll be expected to have strong local knowledge and forge contacts with key local stakeholders, bring in brilliant stories from our communities and find innovative ways to present your content.  

We are looking for a self-starter with drive and enthusiasm keen to begin their career reporting on life in the diverse borough of Welwyn Hatfield.  

Good communication skills and the ability to write fluent copy are a minimum requirement. You should also be organised and extremely creative, and have a first rate understanding of our audience and marketplace.  

This is a full-time role where you will be working from home, spending a good amount of time in the community and meeting with your own team on a regular basis.    


  • NCTJ in journalism ideally with shorthand  
  • Ability to produce sparkling copy for our newspapers and websites  
  • Strong digital audience awareness for content  
  • Able to produce video and picture content   
  • Excellent news judgement  
  • Great ideas for print and digital platforms  



  • Salary £18,345 to £20,000 
  • Full 25 days paid holiday + statutory bank holidays + your birthday day off !!    
  • Structured career progression, ongoing training and personal performance reviews    
  • Full range of benefits including 
    • Generous sick pay scheme 
    • Discount Vouchers  Discounted Gym membership 
    • Health and wellbeing support (GP appointments) 
    • Cycle to Work scheme 
    • Annual Volunteer work day 
    • Archant Gold – matched charity fundraising 

How do I apply? 
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and covering letter. 

Please note that if you have not been invited in for an interview within two weeks of your application, then you can assume on this occasion that you have been unsuccessful. 

More about Archant: 

We’re transforming local media. At Archant, we do right by our readers and advertisers, connecting our communities to everything they care about.  

 We come in two flavours. As a publisher – of 150+ of Britain’s best-loved local news and lifestyle brands. And an agency – creating knockout solutions for clients large and small.  

  We move fast and work with partners like Google on new innovations to shake things up.  

 And we believe in people, not pigeonholing. You’ll see our commitment to personal training and development right from the off, as we enable our amazing talent to keep on shining. 


Archant is a privately owned media company serving geographical and specialist interest communities with over 140 brands and associated websites.

We have a large portfolio of UK-based regional newspapers with titles in East Anglia, London, Kent and the South West, and publish 1.35 million copies a week in print. Online, websites for our newsbrands reach over 4.8 million readers per month.

Our collection of more than 60 news brands includes the Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk, the East Anglian Daily Times in Suffolk and the Ham & High in London.

Archant is the largest publisher of regional and local lifestyle magazines and associated digital media in the UK, and also owns a range of specialist magazine titles circulating predominantly in the UK and USA.

Our portfolio of 75 magazine titles includes county, specialist interest and wedding magazines as well as client contract magazines through Archant Dialogue. In recent years it has extended its activities into exhibitions, events and digital media focussed on the Weddings and French property markets.

Archant has a broad portfolio of digital media assets and marketing services supporting our more traditional media, and is a prolific publisher of mobile Apps on the Apple and Android platforms in the UK.

Archant was founded in 1845 in Norwich and now employs around 1,500 staff. Most of the back office functions are still located in Norwich and we have frontline staff based in the communities that we serve across the UK.

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Rouen Road
United Kingdom

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