Local Democracy Reporter – Southland

Are you an outstanding reporter looking for a new challenge in public-interest journalism?

Allied Press, with the support of RNZ and NZ On Air, is hiring a multimedia journalist to join the Local Democracy Reporting (LDR) programme.

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.

You will report to the Invercargill 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. 

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 have at least two years’ experience in daily news journalism.

  • 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 the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Knowledge of te reo Māori
  • Knowledge of local government processes
  • Excellent writing skills

This is a full-time role for a fixed term. Assistance with relocation costs may be considered. 

Applications close 5pm Friday 29 January. Your CV, cover letter, work samples, etc should be sent to Barry Stewart at barry.stewart@odt.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: LDR7

Location: Invercargill

Closing Date: Friday, 29 January 2021