Schools Week, Senior Reporter
Are you a determined journalist with a track-record of delivering agenda-setting investigative journalism? Do you want to work on one of England’s fastest-growing trade titles and carry out real investigations that change the lives of children across the country?
Schools Week, a leading digital newspaper for the schools sector, is looking for a senior reporter to join our tight-knit team and continue our proud tradition of producing award-winning journalism.
This role would particularly suit an experienced local newspaper reporter or someone covering general news for the nationals who wants to specialise and become an expert in their field.
Since it launched in 2014, Schools Week has amassed a large, loyal readership of school staff, policy-makers, politicians and others who want to be in the know. That audience is growing, too, with our analytics for the first three months of this year showing a 46 per cent increase in online hits.
As a senior reporter in our team, you will be tasked with getting to the bottom of the various issues facing the schools community. One day you could be rooting through company accounts to investigate financial issues in academy trusts, and the next you could be travelling across the country to report on a speech by the education secretary.
In exchange for a starting salary of up to £31,500, you will be expected to produce cutting-edge investigative pieces for our weekly digital newspaper and clear, concise breaking news stories for our popular website, which averages around half a million hits a month.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced reporter who has a passion for investigative journalism and an impressive portfolio of hard-hitting exclusives.
You will also have a nose for finding your own scoops – be it by asking the tough questions, cultivating great contacts, or trawling through documents to find the details others miss.
You’ll also be able to demonstrate an ability to engage with readers, and source and promote stories via social media. Experience of turning complex data into stories would also be welcome.
You will have an NCTJ or equivalent qualification, including shorthand and an understanding of media law.
Prior experience covering education would be an advantage, but is in no way essential because we expect our reporters to learn and grow on the job. Our only deal-breaker is that you must have two years’ work experience as a journalist for a local or national paper or website.
How to apply:
If you are interested in this opportunity please send a CV and covering letter, including your salary expectations, by completing the application form below.
Closing Date: 17:00 Friday 26 April
Start date: ASAP
Schools Week is published by Learning & Skills Events Consultancy and Training Limited.