Senior Reporter

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 LGCplus.com, 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.

Job ID: 
LGC_CTR_E
Department: 
Editorial
Employment Type: 
Permanent
Location: 
London

Are you an experienced journalist who is passionate about local services? Do you want your stories to influence people in positions of responsibility across the country?

LGCplus.com and LGC magazine are the leading information sources for decision makers in town, city and county halls nationwide.

Our stories, including those on Northamptonshire CC’s financial collapse and councils’ commercial investments, are frequently picked up by the national press and quoted in parliamentary debates or reports.

Key themes of LGC’s coverage include council finance, central/local political battles, how services can be transformed in response to diminished budgets and the relationships of councils with partner bodies such as the NHS, police and private companies.

LGC has a history stretching back over 160 years. In addition to its journalism, it also runs agenda-setting conferences and events, including the LGC Awards which is the biggest celebration of British local government talent.

Key Accountabilities: 

LGC is seeking a reporter with strong investigative and analytical skills to join our agenda-setting news team, based in central London. As a senior reporter you will have responsibility for a number of beats covering some of the most pressing public policy issues of the day.

  • Reporting on the fast-paced local government world
  • Developing and maintaining high level contacts within the sector
  • Staying on top of developments within your beats as well as generating exclusive news stories
  • Attending events in London and around the UK
Experience: 
  • Graduate journalism qualification
  • Shorthand preferred
  • Experience of work on trade title would be an asset
  • This role could also suit an experienced local reporter looking to move to a national publication
Skills & Competencies: 
  • Ability to maintain reporting brief, including developing and maintaining contacts
  • Strong writing and analytical skills and ability to produce high quality, accurate work to deadline
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • A portfolio demonstrating how you have come up with ideas for journalistic investigations and undertaken them
  • Familiarity with the demands of journalism in the digital age, including social media
  • Ability to analyse data to produce news stories, including using Excel 
  • Ability to understand the complicated structure and systems of local government
  • Strong knowledge of public sector, especially councils, is desirable
  • Tenacious, diligent, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
Apply: 

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