Acting News Editor – Mat Cover

Local Government Chronicle

Local Government faces increasing challenges and an ever-expanding volume of information about policy and performance. LGC provides the best possible insight to help councils transform local government and deliver better local services. Free from political bias, LCG experts investigate and analyse local government’s biggest issues.

Our growing subscriber base enjoys unlimited access to our digital information service, regular news alerts, jobs, daily briefing and magazine offering insight, commentary, data, best practice inspiration and opinion on the most important issues facing the sector. LGC also brings key local government players together through the sector’s biggest celebration of excellence – the LGC Awards – and events including the Chief Executives’ Summit, roundtables and webinars.

Since 1856 LGC has been the independent voice at the heart of Local Government. Today, LGC’s digital services and networking events focus on most important developments and provide exclusive data and best practice to aid decision-making.

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Job ID: 
Employment Type: 
Full Time / FTC

Salary: Competitive

About Us: and the monthly LGC magazine are the leading information sources for decision makers in town, city and county halls nationwide. LGC’s readers oversee billions of pounds of public money and are significant figures in the drive the ensure the health, wellbeing and prosperity of people in places across the UK. LGC’s stories, including our disclosure of the size of the financial shortfall local government faces as a result of Covid-19 and our revelation of how the government’s Towns Fund is disproportionately awarded to marginal constituencies, are frequently picked up by the national press and quoted in parliamentary debates. 

About you: Candidates for this role, which has an anticipated start date of February 2021, should have a track record of overseeing high-quality journalism and delivering exclusive stories. We seek someone with strong experience of news editing, who can demonstrate they are able to take the decisions required to ensure the news needs of a title’s audience are met. You should have excellent writing and grammatical skills, as well as being a stickler for accuracy and deadlines. Knowledge of the public sector and local government would be advantageous, as would be proficiency in data journalism.

About the Role: This role is Acting News Editor on a fixed-term maternity-cover contract, anticipated to be nine months. You will line-manage one senior reporter and be a key figure in LGC’s editorial team which also features an editor and features editor. 


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Key Accountabilities: 
  • Prioritising to ensure that LGC’s small news team meets the needs of our audience
  • Editing, to ensure copy is accurate, concise and mistake-free, hitting deadlines for both online and print content
  • Reporting on the fast-paced local government world
  • Developing and maintaining high level contacts within the sector, including by attending some events in London and around the UK

Please send your CV and a covering letter including your salary expectations and notice to Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback at the application stage, however if you are successfully shortlisted you will be contacted within 10 working days of the closing date.

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Closing date : 08/12/20