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Political Monitoring Traineeship (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £18,525
  • Remote/Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

  • Advertised from 7th July 2021
  • Permanent position with a 6-month traineeship/probationary period and a mid-year salary review.


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.

Job details

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.

Salary scales:

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:

  • Scheduled daily checks of parliamentary business covering both Westminster and devolved assemblies
  • Formatting content based on the Newsdirect style guide and circulating ahead of hourly deadlines
  • Live summarising (via webcast) of parliamentary committees
  • Correctly identifying when relevant policy issues and client organisations are mentioned.
  • Scanning websites for relevant news items and condensing into news stubs
  • Compiling weekly and monthly reports, news digests and forward planners
  • Reporting from party conferences and attending policy and networking events as required
  • Assisting with research for marketing and sales activity
  • Helping provide a responsive helpdesk service for client requests

Person Specification

If the following statements match your interest, experience and skills, we’d love to hear from you:

  • I can demonstrate a good knowledge of current Scottish Parliament issues and discussions
  • I can convey the significant points in a political discussion clearly and accurately in plain English
  • I’m a naturally organised person and enjoy working in a structured and fast-paced environment
  • I’m able to produce accurate work to deadline and support colleagues to do the same
  • I’m comfortable working in a service delivery role as part of a multi-tasking team
  • I feel confident that I can work at the pace expected of a commercial news environment;
  • I have an interest in political communication and some relevant knowledge and skills gained
  • through study, internships or in the workplace

Application notes

Download the job pack for full details.

Applications should be with us by midday on Friday 23 July.