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Trainee Reporter, Stevenage

Brand: The Comet

Location: Stevenage

Closing date: March 9, 2018

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The Comet Series is looking for a talented and ambitious Trainee Reporter to join our lively newsroom in Stevenage.

We want someone who combines sound news judgement and multimedia awareness to build on our reputation for insightful and informative community journalism. The successful candidate will be expected to play a role in shaping our news coverage across multiple platforms.

We are particularly keen on recruiting someone who has a comprehensive understanding of how social media can play a crucial role in news gathering, promoting a brand’s position in its marketplace and engaging readers, but also understands the benefits of video as a way of telling stories.

It is essential that the candidate has completed 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.

We are looking for a self-starter with drive and enthusiasm, who is keen to begin the next step of their career reporting on life in the lively towns of Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and Biggleswade.

The successful candidate must hold a full valid driving licence and be prepared to move onto the patch within the first three months of employment.


  • £17,160 per annum
  • 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 a cover letter and CV to Group Editor Matt Adams at


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