Environment & Transport Reporter (Press & Journal)

DC Thomson
Closing Date: 24/01/2022
  • Highlands/Moray
  • DC Thomson

Job Description

Never before has the environment had such a prominent place in the news agenda as it does right now.

Hosting the Cop26 summit last year helped focus minds on how we protect the planet, move away from reliance on fossil fuels and achieve net zero.

The north of Scotland is at the forefront of this exciting race, home to more cutting-edge green technology projects than almost anywhere in the UK – with future transport among the key challenges being addressed.

In response, the Press and Journal has created a team dedicated solely to reporting on these crucial issues – from the global to the micro-local – as they affect communities across the region.

We are committed not just to bringing our readers the latest developments but also getting behind the headlines to explain the issues and untangle the debates, bringing the subjects to life for the people they have the most impact on.

Sound like the sort of project you would like to be involved with?

We are searching for a talented and enthusiastic journalist to join the team and help expand our coverage – particularly across the Highlands and Islands.

Ideally we would like to recruit someone who already has an existing passion for these subjects but is equally keen to expand their knowledge in future, as we continue to build a dedicated audience of readers and subscribers.

Someone who relishes getting out into the communities they serve, to talk to the people at the sharp end of the climate crisis, to understand what the issues are that readers care most about and to report on them in an imaginative way that makes the best of all the multimedia story-telling tools at their disposal.

It is a role that promises great variety. In recent months, the team has taken an electric van from John O’Groats to Glasgow to expose charging challenges, interviewed a bird-rescuing countess, investigated a salmon crisis, explored the pros and cons of low emission zones, been out to sea to tell the story of how whisky-drinking oysters are cleaning up the water – and even exposed how a mystery bunny benefactor was feeding rabbits at night on a city roundabout.

It is a fantastic opportunity to be reporting on some of the biggest issues facing the world from one of its most beautiful corners. If you think you have what it takes, we look forward to hearing from you.

Requirements:

  • Be a journalist with prior newsroom experience or a graduate with a journalism degree that can demonstrate an ability to find their own stories
  • Be a talented writer able to produce engaging and informative stories
  • Be passionate and curious about Scotland’s environmental future
  • Have knowledge about our nation’s infrastructure and transport challenges, or a willingness to learn more
  • A good understanding of the various levels of Government in Scotland and how they, and relevant governmental organisations, work with regards to the environment and transport
  • Have basic to advanced digital skills including utilising video, SEO, social media and audio in order to tell stories in the most engaging manner to the most possible people, or a willingness to learn
  • Be committed to working in a team and achieving long-term goals and short-term targets alongside this team
  • Have a full driving licence
  • Knowledge of media law, the IPSO Editor’s Code of Practice, and GDPR

To apply for this role, please follow our online application process and submit a CV and cover letter. 

This is a full-time, permanent position, working 37.5 hours per week. We offer a generous package including 34 days holiday, Health Cash Plan, Gym Discount, excellent Pension, a competitive salary, and many more staff discounts and benefits. 

If you have any issues with your application, please email recruitment@dcthomson.co.uk.

Please note that we reserve the right to close the vacancy early once we have received suitable applications. Therefore, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.