TES is a looking for an experienced news and features journalist with investigative flair and fresh ideas to take on this exciting new reporting role on our award-winning magazine and ever-expanding website.
The position will be based in the north of England. It will allow home-working but you will also have full use of office and meeting room facilities at the TES base in Sheffield.
What you’ll do
This a rare opportunity for an accomplished and ambitious journalist to demonstrate their ability on the national stage while working from the north of England.
At Tes we have always covered stories from across the country. But now, with an increasing focus on school standards in the north, we want to base a reporter there permanently.
Your role will be to use the huge variety of schools in the region to dig out education exclusives good enough to set the national news agenda; write colourful features that engage readers everywhere; and deliver hard-hitting ground-breaking analysis pieces that get to grips with national policy.
You will also be expected to take on national patches and the position will involve some trips to London to cover conferences or briefings when the need arises.
The job will be stretching but rewarding and will require initiative, efficiency and versatility. You will be required to produce accurate attention-grabbing web stories extremely quickly to ensure we are first online with breaking news.
At the same time we will expect you to get out into schools, and to have the determination and patience to deliver excellent long form investigations and features.
Who you are
You should have at least three years’ experience as a journalist on a respected newspaper, magazine or website. You will have a strong track-record in breaking exclusive news stories good enough to run in the nationals, producing irresistible digital copy, and writing entertaining features.
You will either have recent experience of covering school-based education or have the ability to get to grips with a fascinating but hugely varied and complicated patch from a standing start.
You will be adept at using social media to raise our profile, publicise your work, find stories, and develop and nurture contacts. You will also been keen to build our audience by working through different platforms such as Facebook live and podcasts.
You will combine an enormous capacity for hard work with a bottomless pit of original ideas, investigative flair and an excellent news sense.
You will need to be adaptable, flexible and creative; and have the drive and commitment to contribute to a close-knit team hundreds of miles away.
We would expect candidates to have an NCTJ or equivalent qualification and to be educated to degree level, but will be most interested in an applicant's track record as a journalist.