Local Democracy Reporter – Tauranga/Western BOP


About this role

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

Sun Media, 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 getting the stories that matter to all corners of our community across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty, submitted in written format, or video when applicable, with accompanying photography. You must be able to work to strict deadlines, and work to agreed KPIs.

You will report to the editors of The Weekend Sun and SunLive. 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 (starting 10 January 2021 through to 31 December 2023).

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

Applications close: 5pm Thursday 2 December 2021. Please apply for this position through the Seek version of this job ad: https://www.seek.co.nz/job/54782146

Fixed Term / Contract

Job no: LDR17

Location: Tauranga

Closing Date: Thursday, 2 December 2021