Newsdirect has a vacancy for a trainee within our Scottish political monitoring team. This is a six month traineeship with a guaranteed job at the end of it. Meet all the milestones and you’ll be a fully-fledged reporter or account manager at Newsdirect by March. Read the job spec below and download our job pack.
Working within our monitoring team, your initial training will focus on news scanning, retrieval and write-ups, building up client knowledge and insight to recognise and prioritise information.
In the morning, you’ll scan and summarise content from a set of agreed sources, taking responsibility for your own tasks and deadlines. Across the remainder of the day you’ll be monitoring the day’s news as it unfolds, supporting account managers to respond to client requests and contributing to research briefings and forward planners.
Our monitoring team tracks all the crucial sources of parliamentary, government and political news with a particular focus on the devolved institutions. In this role, you’ll quickly develop campaign insight, gain real-time policy knowledge and work for award-winning public affairs teams.
This is a permanent, full-time role that pays the Scottish Living Wage.
37.5 hours per week, Mon – Fri: 08:00 –16:30
Starting salary: £18,525 per annum / £1,543.75 per month (pre-tax)
29 days annual leave (including bank holidays) + festive shut down + August half-day Fridays
Permanent position with a 6-month probationary period.
Some evening and weekend working is required to cover media briefings and party conferences. Hours worked on top of contracted shifts are liable for time off in lieu or overtime (time + a half), including during the probationary period.
Pay reviews take place after 6 months and annually thereafter. For reporters and account managers, progress to a senior role would normally be achieved within 18-24 months and would lift salary to the top half of the scale.
Traineeship £18,525 per annum / £1,543.75 per month (pre-tax)
Reporters £19,000 - £23,000 per annum
Account Managers £20,000 - £25,000 per annum
If you have recent (within last 2 years) political monitoring experience (including internships) we will consider a fast-track route into a reporter / account manager position.
Duties will include:
If the following statements match your interest, experience and skills, we’d love to hear from you: