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Trainee Reporter, Saffron Reporter & Dunmow Broadcast, Saffron Walden

Brand: Saffron Walden Reporter

Location: Saffron Walden

Closing date: Nov. 20, 2017

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We have an exciting opportunity for a trainee journalist to launch their career in our newsroom, working on the Saffron Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast.

The Saffron Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast are weekly newspapers, serving their local communities.

Through our newspapers, websites, e-edition and social media channels, we offer unrivalled coverage of local events and also provide the area's leading marketplaces for property, jobs, and motors.

We need a trainee who has their NCTJ preliminary qualifications, including 100wpm shorthand, and is now hungry to make a name for themselves and push on to achieve full senior status.

You will be bursting with ideas for our digital and print platforms, and also have excellent news judgement. Good organisational and communication skills are vital, as is the ability to work under pressure.

Your role will involve covering part of the Essex patch, working on and off-diary, attending a variety of news events including court and council meetings, and keeping abreast of news sources. You will need to maintain local contacts, to follow up previous stories, making and working on Freedom of Information requests. You will be providing copy for our print and digital platforms, and be expected to promote our work on social media.


  • Up to £18,000 pa
  • Full 25 days paid holiday + statutory bank holidays
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Archant Gold – matched charity fundraising
  • Give As You Earn – tax-free charity giving scheme
  • Access to reductions in many retail stores throughout the UK – holidays, supermarkets, utility bills, clothing, household, 1000s of ££ savings
  • Structured career progression, ongoing training and personal performance reviews


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your completed application to quoting ref. SAF08/17.


Archant is a privately owned media company serving geographical and specialist interest communities across a wide range of media and employing around 1,400 staff.

It is the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK with titles in East Anglia, London, Kent and the South West, publishing 1.6 million copies a week in print and reaching six million readers a month online. Its portfolio of more than 50 news brands includes the Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk, the East Anglian Daily Times in Suffolk and the Ham & High in London.

Archant is the largest publisher of regional and local lifestyle magazines and associated digital media in the UK. It also owns a range of specialist magazine titles circulating mainly in the UK and USA. Its portfolio of 80 magazine titles reaches an average of more than three million readers every month across the UK. In recent years it has extended its activities into exhibitions, events and digital media focused on the Weddings and French property markets.

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