Opportunity| Become a London360 News Reporter

Role Title: Volunteer News Reporter, London360
Reporting to: Executive Producer
Contract: 5 months
Hours: Full-time, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Eligibility Criteria: This scheme is open to 18-25 year olds only
Expenses: Up to £80 per week to cover travel and lunch expenses


About the Media Trust
At Media Trust we believe in the power of media to change lives. We work with the media industry to empower charities and communities to have a voice and be heard. This is achieved by:

  • providing communications skills and resources through expert-led training courses and events, free professional support, film production, free online guides and resources
  • helping access audiences through Community Channel on TV and online, national news distribution and media partnerships
  • harnessing creative industry talent through media volunteers and media partnerships

Our corporate members include Aegis Group plc, AMV BBDO, BBC, Camelot, Channel 4, Daily Mail and General Trust, Discovery Networks Europe, Google, Guardian Media Group, ITV plc, Just::Health Communications, MTV Networks UK and Ireland, News UK, PHD, Sky, Time Warner, Trinity Mirror, Weber Shandwick and WPP.

About London360 and the role:
This project is funded by City Bridge Trust, and requires a dynamic and enthusiastic team of Reporters. Through reports, video stories and other digital media platforms sourced from around London you will produce compelling community based journalism; telling the stories of London’s communities. 

  • Working in a team you will produce a regular news and campaigning magazine show called London360 for distribution on broadcast and online platforms. 
  • You will gain experience of all the different aspects of campaign and news production, creating blogs, reports, photojournalism, video-journalism, broadcast-journalism and social media
  • You will gain experience of all areas of news and campaign delivery, from sourcing stories, to creating and editing packages and distributing them to wider audiences
  • You will distribute content on broadcast, online, press and social media platforms ensuring that stories gain the widest circulation possible and maximum impact
  • You will receive extensive training in multi-media journalism and be managed by an experienced news executive producer and have the support of a video editor
  • You will engage with a pool of around 50 community journalists and bloggers from across London
  • You will frequently write a ‘head to head’ feature for The Voice newspaper
  • You will have the opportunity to join the BBC Radio London team and Westside Radio regularly to get a taste of a radio environment

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work under the guidance of the Executive Producer to produce London360 including delivering on key dates, targets and milestones
  • Work across a range of roles including: Researcher, Producer, Presenter, Director, Camera Operator, Sound, Online Content Producer, Video Editor, Distributer, Marketing/PR, Photojournalism
  • Specialise in an area such as presenting, post-production, blogging or other
  • Produce weekly blogs/ tweets/ articles and photographs to create and tell community news and campaigns 
  • Research and develop story ideas to create the weekly news agenda
  • Establish and develop relationships with the wider pool of 50 community journalists and bloggers across London / Essex and engage them in the project by delivering the news agenda and any other briefs
  • Establish and develop relationships with mainstream media journalists and broadcasters across London to increase access to distribution opportunities
  • Assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of the scheme alongside the Editor

Person Specification:

  • Basic knowledge of journalism, filming and editing would be beneficial
  • A strong interest in local news and campaigns
  • Having a passion for / being involved in local communities, charities or volunteering
  • An enthusiasm for written and broadcast journalism
  • A good knowledge and understanding of media, communications and PR
  • Excellent attention to detail, planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels of an organisation, both written and verbal
  • Hardworking and flexible work ethic
  • Able to achieve results and focus on deadlines
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and the aims and values of Media Trust

To watch London360 and find out more information please visit our website:http://www.communitychannel.org/london360

Closing Date: 10am Thursday 18 September.
Interviews: Must be available on 23-27 September
Start Date: Must be available to start on 7 October  

How To Apply:
This scheme is open to 18-25 year olds only. The position is ideal for young graduates wishing to breakthrough into the media industry. Click here to find out how to apply. 


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