Local Democracy Reporters
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Local Democracy reporters
Based Exeter. Salary c. £23.5k
Radio Exe is looking for two experienced journalists to report on democratic institutions in Devon, such as councils, police, health and fire service.
Funded by the BBC’s local democracy reporting scheme (LDRS) and run from Radio Exe’s studios in Exeter, the reporters will produce copy for media partners across the county.
These are not broadcast journalists' jobs, although you will have the opportunity to broadcast about stories you cover. You will attend council and similar meetings across a particular patch and write stories that engage with audiences across Devon, in print, on digital platforms and occasionally on air.
You’ll be a qualified reporter holding the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) or similar - or two years' reporting experience in a daily news environment - together with a background in, or proven knowledge of, local democracy in Devon.
You’ll be able to turn meeting reports, interviews and issues into engaging, impartial content in a variety of formats, including social media, audio and video. You will need to be self-motivated as well as be able to work in a small team, often on multiple stories and to pressing deadlines.
Ideally you will be familiar with Ofcom's broadcast code or the BBC's editorial guidelines
Radio Exe is the only commercial radio station broadcasting from Devon, covering much of the county on DAB digital radio, and an area around Exeter, Mid and East Devon on 107.3FM. We’re locally owned, with a broad audience of around 32,000 weekly listeners, and a website focusing on Devon news and information.
We welcome applicants from people who are under-represented in broadcasting and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or age. We interview all qualified candidates who declare a disability. To encourage the widest range of applicants, we welcome job-shares.
How to apply
Please send a short statement (400 words maximum) outlining your experience and what you could bring to this role, together with your published writing, ideally focusing on local democracy issues. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download job description here: JOB DESCRIPTION
Find out more about the role on this page from the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/lnp/ldrs/ldr_advice