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Welcome to our first round-up of jobs going in the regional press in 2019…

Regional Sports Editor — Lancashire/Bolton

We are on the hunt for a talented sport editor to join our team in Lancashire — working across four websites, two daily titles and two paid-for weeklies.

You will work with our talented sports journalists at the Bolton News and Lancashire Telegraph, covering the Premier League and EFL as our clubs — Burnley FC, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers — strive for success and fight for survival on and off the pitch.

The ideal candidate will have at least three years’ experience working in the newsroom or on a sport desk, either as a senior reporter or news/sports/web editor, looking to take the next step. You could work in print, online or broadcast — but importantly, you’ll have the desire to lead and succeed.

You will be at home on social media, understand how to website analytics — e.g. Chartbeat/CrowdTangle/in-house platforms — and be just as comfortable setting up a Facebook live broadcast or launching a new podcast as you would be ripping up the back page of tomorrow’s paper on deadline.

You will need in-depth knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You will be NCTJ qualified (or equivalent) with a full clean drivers licence and, as you would expect with sport, this role will involve some weekend and evening working.

Experience of managing staff is desirable but not essential — but the desire to lead a successful team is essential.

Please apply with letter and CV to by Friday, January 18.

Chief Reporter — Newark Advertiser

The Newark Advertiser is looking for a chief reporter and reporter to join its busy newsroom.

The successful candidates will be highly motivated, have strong news gathering skills and be able to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.

A strong news sense is vital, as is the ability to provide accurate clean copy for both print and online.

Building a strong online audience is crucial so the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of social media.

A full driving licence is essential.

The chief reporter will be responsible for leading our team of journalists, guiding our trainees and seniors to create scintillating stories as well as helping to structure the paper and production process, from dummy to deadline.

CVs and a covering letter should be sent to the editor Sharon Hodkin — no later than January 28.

Maternity cover News Editor — Kentish Gazette

Needed: Amaternity cover news editor on the Kentish Gazette, which covers Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. For more information, contact

Digital Content Editor — SomersetLive

We are looking for a Digital Content Editor to help run the Somerset/Bath Live newsdesk.

Somerset Live is one of the fastest growing news websites within the Reach Plc portfolio. Bath Live sits within the Somerset site with a focus on retail, restaurants, schools, transport and development.

As a Content Editor you will be part of the Yeovil-based team which manages, edits and publishes news and other content on our website.

You will help manage reporters, plan advance content, identify high-performing content themes, react to audience trends and analytics, be prolific on social media and ensure the team achieves goals and targets.

Our aim is to produce the very highest standard of content that informs, interests and engages our audience.

For more information, click here

Commercial Editor — Manchester Evening News

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented Editor to join the Reach Regionals Commercial Editorial team as MEN’s Regional Commercial Editor.

The purpose of the role is to take the lead on high-quality commercial content that works for our clients; identify, advise on and create commercial ideas, work with regional and national commercial teams to deliver multi-platform commercial packages, suggest, create, oversee and publish editorial which meets client expectations, manage or oversee social media commercial uploads, advise and feedback on content performance through the use of analytics.

For more information, click here

Crime and Investigations Reporter — Glasgow Evening Times

THE Evening Times is on the lookout for a crime and investigations reporter to form an important part of our news operation in Glasgow.

We’re looking for an experienced senior reporter with the hunger and bravery to root out the hard news exclusives that make Glasgow tick.

The right candidate will have an extensive list of contacts, a knowledge of crime in the city and an eye for a story coupled with the determination to get it that will set them apart from the competition.

Experience working at the sharp end of a daily newsroom environment is essential, as is an in-depth knowledge of how to make a story work for a demanding digital and print audience.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, send your cv and a covering letter, to

Head of Commercial Content — Archant (closes January 12)

Archant is looking for a Head of Commercial Content to head up its award-winning commercial features team, working across daily and weekly titles published in Norfolk and sometimes Suffolk, including the Eastern Daily Press, EDP Norfolk magazine and East Anglian Daily Times, while focusing on weekly newspapers.

You will lead the team on an ever-increasing number of print and digital projects. Your background in journalism will ensure that you are able to generate ideas for current clients and new business, produce and edit lively, accurate and concise copy and act as an ambassador for Archant as required. The ability to recognise, initiate and develop creative commercial opportunities is also highly desirable.

This is an excellent opportunity to build a career with one of the country’s leading regional media groups, offering scope to develop the role Archant wide in time.

If you would like to apply for the role please complete an application form and submit this, together with your CV to Closing date for receiving applications is Friday 12th January 2019.

Digital Journalism Coach — Archant

We are recruiting for an experienced and well-organised digital specialist with excellent communication skills to help our editorial team stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and advances in digital journalism.

With a solid editorial background and experience of coaching, you will work across the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star newsrooms to organise online modules, in-house training workshops and hands-on courses for reporters, editors and the wider content team.

Joining a forward thinking and enthusiastic team, you will cover a broad range of skills needed in a modern content room focusing on social media, SEO, analytics, digital storytelling, video, podcasts, data journalism, CMS and more, using all of the tools at Archant’s disposal.

This role is offered on a part time basis, based on two days per week. We are happy to take a flexible approach to which days are worked and how they are fulfilled.

In return we offer a salary of up to £35,000 pro rata for part time and excellent benefits including 5 weeks annual leave (pro rata) and a contributory pension and life assurance scheme (after qualifying period) and a wide range of voluntary benefits including a Cycle to Work scheme, Westfield Health Scheme and Archant Gold, charity matched funding.

To apply, email your completed application form, along with your CV to,

Audience and Content Editor — Hereford Times

Have you got experience in editorial? If so we want to hear from you! We currently have a great opportunity for an Audience and content editor to join us.

You will have been a reporter (ideally with a NQJ), be familiar with digital working, as well as media law and ethics, and now looking for career development and progress (we will help you get where you want to be).

Conscientious and hard-working, you will also be enthusiastic and confident talking to people face to face or on the telephone. You will be full of ideas, be competent in your use of written English and know how to tell a story across a variety of platforms and media.

Apply by email to the editor, John Wilson, at You must include a CV.

Audience and Content Editor — The Mail, Barrow

The award winning Society of Editors Daily Newspaper of the Year (below 20,000) The Mail, in Barrow in Furness has a unique opening for an Audience and Content Manager.

The busy three edition, campaigning daily newspaper is part of Newsquest Cumbria — one of the country’s leading regional media companies.

The vacancy available is for a senior journalist looking to take the next step to the news desk and manage a team of 11 go-getting reporters.

If you are a qualified senior looking for the next move or someone with news desk experience, then we want to hear from you.

The role will be based at the South Cumbria Newsquest headquarters in Kendal and will also involve working on the award-winning The Westmorland Gazette.

To Apply: Send your CV and covering letter to

Manchester United Writer — Manchester Evening News

Are you mad about football? Do you know your De Bruynes from your De Geas?

The Manchester Evening News is hiring a Manchester United Writer to help bring Manchester United fans to our website by creating, publishing and sharing engaging pieces.

In this role you will contribute to ensuring our digital and social media platforms are first-class, engaging, comprehensive turn-to sources for United fans.

We expect to gain a high volume of candidates for this role, so please don’t hesitate to apply as we will review candidates as they come in.

For more information, click here



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