Local Democracy Reporter – North Canterbury

About this role

Are you an outstanding reporter looking for a new challenge and wanting to serve your community?

Allied Press, with the support of RNZ and NZ On Air’s Public Interest Journalism Fund, is hiring a journalist to join Local Democracy Reporting in 2022 and 2023 from the North Canterbury News office in Rangiora.

You will be covering local authorities and other publicly-funded organisations, but also going out and talking to the people affected by these organisations’ decisions, sharing their stories, and coming up with your own stories on similar topics.

Your focus will be providing great public-interest journalism coverage daily throughout the North Canterbury region, including Waimakariri, Hurunui and Kaikōura. This is a multimedia role so experience in video, audio and photography would be an advantage.

You will report to Allied Press’ North Canterbury bureau chief. You will receive extra training and support from RNZ, and your work will be made available at the same time to all of the programme’s media partners, including RNZ.

This could be a junior, intermediate or senior role depending on the successful candidate. We are looking for someone with as many of the following qualities as possible. You don’t need all of these to apply, but you do need to be bringing daily news reporting experience.  

  • Able to spot a strong story and make it come alive for your audience
  • Able to meet the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and balance
  • Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Some knowledge of local government
  • Excellent writing skills

This is a full-time role for a fixed term (through to 31 December 2023). Assistance with relocation costs may be considered.

Applications close: 5pm Friday, 29 October 2021. Your CV, cover letter, work samples, etc should be sent to recruitment@alliedpress.co.nz

Visit RNZ’s website for more information about the LDR service: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/ldr


Fixed Term / Contract

Job no: LDR12

Location: Christchurch, Rangiora

Closing Date: Friday, 29 October 2021