Local Democracy Reporter – Tairāwhiti Gisborne


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

The Gisborne Herald, with the support of RNZ and NZ On Air’s Public Interest Journalism Fund, is hiring a journalist on a two-year fixed term to join Local Democracy Reporting.

This project began in late 2019, placing eight reporters in regional newsrooms around New Zealand, including one at the Gisborne Herald, covering Te Tairāwhiti and Wairoa. NZ On Air has recently confirmed funding for two further years, with the LDR service growing again to up to 18 reporters.

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.

You will report to the Gisborne Herald’s editor. You will receive extra training and support from RNZ, and your work will be made available to all of the programme’s media partners, including RNZ.

Journalists at any stage of their careers will be considered for this role — it could be at junior, senior or intermediate level. You might have a print background, or you might be coming from TV or radio.

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 will need to have daily news reporting experience.

  • Able to spot a strong story and make it come alive for your readers
  • Able to meet the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and balance
  • Photography and/or videography skills (or the willingness to learn)
  • Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Some knowledge of local government
  • Excellent writing skills

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

Applications close: 5pm Monday, 1 November 2021. Your CV, cover letter, work samples etc should be sent to editor@gisborneherald.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: LDR13

Location: Gisborne

Closing Date: Monday, 1 November 2021