Local Democracy Reporter, KM Media Group

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Location: Rochester
Salary details: £21,170–25,000pa
  • Full-Time

The Labour party has just gained total control of Medway Council for the first time in the authority’s history – and we need a dedicated reporter to cover the district’s changing political landscape at a fascinating time.

KM Media Group, Kent’s biggest publisher, is looking for a Local Democracy Reporter to bring audiences the stories that matter from Kent’s only unitary authority. There has never been a better time to cover a council which serves the largest conurbation in the South East outside of London with a population of 300,000, three universities and huge issues.

The Local Democracy Reporter scheme is a unique partnership between the BBC and regional publishers. The successful candidate will be employed by the KM, but their stories will be shared with all eligible publishers, including the BBC.

About You

They will be adept at identifying issues and stories buried in council agendas which need to be brought to the public’s attention.

The successful candidate will establish themselves as a trusted source of news and act as an ambassador for the scheme. They will be comfortable working under their own initiative and thrive on the unique challenge this role offers.

He or she will ideally have NCTJ or equivalent journalism qualifications, with experience of working to daily deadlines and will be comfortable providing content in text, audio or video format as required. They will understand the importance of social media and the way it can be used to drive audience and engagement.

How To Apply

The position is fixed term, for two years, and the closing date for applications is Monday, June 19, though vacancies may be filled should a suitable candidate be found in advance of this date.

If you think you’re up to the challenge, apply via our online application process by clicking below. Please mention Journo Resources when you apply, it really helps us out.

If you require further information about the role, contact managing editor Robert Barman at rbarman@thekmgroup.co.uk

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