LGC, Senior Reporter

Telephone House, 69 - 77 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NQ 
06 Dec 2018
05 Jan 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Are you an experienced journalist who is passionate about local services? Do you want your stories to influence people in positions of responsibility across the country?

LGCplus.com and LGC magazine are the leading information sources for decision makers in town, city and county halls nationwide.

Our stories, including those on Northamptonshire CC’s financial collapse and councils’ commercial investments, are frequently picked up by the national press and quoted in parliamentary debates or reports.

Key themes of LGC’s coverage include council finance, 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 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.

The role

LGC is seeking a reporter with strong investigative and analytical skills to join our agenda-setting news team, based in central London. As a senior reporter you will have responsibility for a number of beats covering some of the most pressing public policy issues of the day.

Key accountabilities

  • Reporting on the fast-paced local government world
  • Developing and maintaining high level contacts within the sector
  • Staying on top of developments within your beats as well as generating exclusive news stories
  • Attending events in London and around the UK

Qualifications and experience

  • Graduate journalism qualification
  • Shorthand preferred
  • Experience of work on trade title would be an asset
  • This role could also suit an experienced local reporter looking to move to a national publication

Skills and attributes

  • Ability to maintain reporting brief, including developing and maintaining contacts
  • Strong writing and analytical skills and ability to produce high quality, accurate work to deadline
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • A portfolio demonstrating how you have come up with ideas for journalistic investigations and undertaken them
  • Familiarity with the demands of journalism in the digital age, including social media
  • Ability to analyse data to produce news stories, including using Excel
  • Ability to understand the complicated structure and systems of local government
  • Strong knowledge of public sector, especially councils, is desirable
  • Tenacious, diligent, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment

We’re 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!

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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

Please email your CV and cover letter by completing the application form below.

Closing date: 5 January (although some candidates may be contacted and interviewed in advance)

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