FE Week, Senior Reporter

Recruiter
Lsect Ltd
Location
London
Salary
£25,000 - £31,500 D.O.E
Posted
20 Aug 2019
Closes
20 Sep 2019
Ref
SWFEWSR
Industry
Journalist
Job Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

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 people across the country?

Who are we?

FE Week is the leading newspaper covering the further education & skills sector in England.

FE Week is a print newspaper covering the further education and skills sector, with a focus on investigative journalism. Launched in September 2011, the newspaper rapidly became the leading newspaper for the sector.

After eight years the newspaper and website continues to see healthy audience growth reaching an average of 375,000 hits per month, up 17% on the previous 12 months.

The newspaper is a trusted and well-respected news outlet for fellow news outlets. Our stories regularly make national news, featuring on Radio 4 Today, BBC TV and radio, and across all major national newspapers – including the front pages.

Our founders, Shane Mann and Nick Linford, are the only shareholders in the company. So there are no loans to pay back. No distant investors to keep happy. The editorial team can simply concentrate on writing quality news that keeps our community knowledgeable.

We are apolitical: giving an equally tough time to all parties and ideas.

The newspaper is published Lsect Ltd, which is also the custodians of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference and prestigious Festival of Education. Lsect also publishes, Schools Week, a digital newspaper covering the schools sector.

Who do we need?

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.

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.

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.

You want to apply? Excellent. Here’s how…

We have a no-CV policy. Clearly, we think education providers are important. But only because you learn in them. What you know and can do for our company is more important than where you learned it (or when).

So don’t send a CV. Instead write a letter (attaching the document to the mandatory 'Upload your CV' field on the application form below) to the Editors which includes:

  • What you do currently
  • What evidence suggests you’d be good at this job (the more links you can send showing us this, the better)
  • Why you think  FE Week would be a good fit for you
  • 2 people we can call for references


If the letter piques our interest, we’ll follow-up with an initial phone call and go from there.

Want to know more before applying?

Good! We like curiosity.

If you’d like to speak to any of our team you will find us all on twitter.

Our websites can be found here feweek.co.uk.

An example of our weekly newspapers are available via the following links
FE Week Edition 285.

The closing date is advertised as 20 September however we will review applications once they are received and may appoint before the period closes. Successful applicants will be able to commence the role ASAP.

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