Writer / Journalist – REF171

  • Job Title: Writer / Journalist
  • Job Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: Competitive salary
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm (Flexibility is required)

** Please note that you will need to complete the training package below before being offered an interview. Training is funded and offered at no charge to the individual. **

  • Course Location: Online
  • Course Start Date: 13/07/2020
  • Course Length: 3 Weeks
  • Courses Taken: IT Digital Skills
  • Interview Date: w/c 27/07/2020

Job Description

As a newspaper writer, your duties will include:

  • interviewing people in a range of different circumstances
  • seeking out and investigating stories via your contacts, press releases and other media
  • attending press conferences and asking questions
  • attending a range of events, such as council meetings, magistrates’ court proceedings, football matches, talent contests, etc
  • answering the phones on the news desk and reacting to breaking news stories
  • working closely with the news team, photographers and editors
  • recording interviews and meetings using shorthand or technical equipment
  • producing concise and accurate copy according to the newspaper’s house style and to strict deadlines – daily newspapers may have several each day
  • writing shorter, ‘filler’ stories to entertain, and researching and writing longer feature articles, sometimes for subsidiary publications and supplements
  • creating and uploading news content for the newspaper website
  • ‘live’ online reporting or real-time blogging when covering important events – a growing area of work, especially on national newspapers.


A writer will need to have:

  • creativity and an ‘original voice’
  • an excellent command of written English, and literary skills and devices
  • motivation and self-discipline to work without supervision
  • the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • IT and typing skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and use it in a constructive way
  • the financial skills to manage their affairs, if self-employed
  • determination and perseverance.

Benefits: You work on challenging and exciting projects. You will work among passionate, informed people who will bask in a strong sense of achievement. You will get to travel and meet a lot of interesting people as well as becoming an expert in your community.

Other: Offices are usually open plan and may be noisy. Although you will spend much of your time working on a computer and on the phone, the work will also involve some travelling to meet people or to cover events, often at short notice.

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