Are you a dynamic and ambitious reporter? This is your chance to join the AJ’s award-winning news team

The Architects’ Journal (AJ) is the leading professional publication for the UK’s architectural community – and has been uncovering the most important industry stories for more than 120 years.

Our award-winning, campaigning title is leading industry change through both its print and boundary-pushing digital platforms.

We now have an opportunity for a self-motivated, story-hungry, web-savvy senior reporter to join our news team. We can offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to make a real difference – covering one of the UK’s most inspiring and creative professions.

The AJ sets the agenda in architecture: looking at new ways of practising, and how architects can help tackle the climate crisis; and sourcing exclusive news and political opinion through to competitions and tender opportunities, detailed technical information and in-depth building studies.

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious journalist with an emerging track record as a reporter. Ideally, you will have knowledge of the architecture or housing sectors. What’s essential, however, is that you are a proven story-getter with a record of securing scoops worthy of national coverage.

The role will also include news feature writing – such as analysis pieces, profiles and interviews – for both print and online.

The role involves being a team player and covering a wide range of topics in-depth – from procurement scandals, to business, climate change and political news, to finding out who is designing the nation’s next tallest skyscraper.

Working closely with the news editor and reporter, the full-time role will require a willingness to mentor, attend and report on events, and a desire to swiftly understand what architects need to do their job better and how they win work.

The job will be based at emap’s central London office just off Fleet Street.

Experience of architecture and the built environment is not essential, though an interest in the subject is.

Key Accountabilities

  • A driven, pro-active, experienced, news-hungry NCTJ-qualified journalist [or have equivalent experience]
  • The desire to uncover the biggest stories and set the news agenda
  • A stickler for accuracy, and the ability to write concise, accurate news stories on tight deadlines
  • A solid understanding of media law
  • A personable and confident individual eager to get out of the office and make good senior-level contacts at industry events and parties
  • Willingness to learn, be flexible and work across different platforms
  • Ability to gather news and promote stories on social media
  • Team player and good communicator, with a passion for original journalism and campaigns that make a difference
  • An interest in architecture and the built environment and its social, political and economic drivers

Skills and experience:

  • Evidence of previous interest in journalism
  • NCTJ or master’s degree in journalism preferrable or equivalent
  • General interest in financial news desirable
  • Shorthand advantageous
  • Audio editing/broadcasting/podcasting skills highly desirable
  • Talent at writing timely, accurate news copy
  • Ability to generate leads through contact base
  • Exceptional interviewing and questioning skills
  • Ability to produce quality features and long form comment

Core competencies:

  • Ability to use appropriate brand writing style
  • Collaborative team player
  • Shares expertise with team members
  • Strategic, critical thinker

This role requires a hybrid working pattern with 2 days currently office based.

Closing date: Monday 13 February

Benefits: emap is part of Metropolis Group, together we are committed to providing a happy and healthy place to work, so we offer fantastic benefits and perks to our employees.

  • 25 days of holiday per year (with the option to buy or sell)
  • Health plan
  • Life insurance cover
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Retail discount vouchers
  • Private virtual GP access
  • Income Protection and more
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