Local Democracy Reporter – Pacific Media Network


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

PMN News (Pacific Media Network), 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.

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 filing stories for radio and online, with accompanying photos and video if appropriate, with a particular attention to Pacific communities in Auckland and Waikato.  You will be able to show an understanding and knowledge of the issues affecting, and the interests of, our Pacific communities and be able to communicate that effectively in an engaging and accessible way.

You will report to the PMN News Editor.

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 bring 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 two-year fixed term (through to 31 December 2023). Assistance with relocation costs may be considered.

Applications close: 5pm Friday, 12 November 2021. Your CV, cover letter, work samples, etc should be sent to reza.azam@pmn.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: LDR14

Location: Auckland

Closing Date: Friday, 12 November 2021