Reporter/writer, The Planner magazine
Salary £22,000-£24,000pa (depending on experience)
Published by Redactive Media Group, The Planner (http://www.theplanner.co.uk/) is the membership magazine of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Each month, our lively amalgamation of news, opinion, analysis and features about the politics and practice of land use planning reaches 27,000 planning professionals.
We’re the essential reference for anyone working in planning, from housing to transport to environment, and we’re also read by plenty of other people with an interest in how we shape the environments around us to meet our needs.
Make no mistake, planning is at the centre of some of the biggest trends in politics and society and – whether it’s levelling-up or adapting to climate change – we pick up on them all.
Ours is a great field for an aspiring journalist wanting to get to the heart of some of the biggest issues shaping our modern world. Right now, we’re looking for an entry level writer / journalist or a second jobber with a curiosity about planning and the built environment and a desire to get underneath the issues shaping the profession.
This is a specialist role. You’ll mostly be sifting, selecting and summarising planning appeal reports, finding the best way to relay the tensions inherent in development decisions around big picture stuff (like huge developments of green belt land) and small scale personal stories (for example, home extensions that enable people to care for sick members of their family).
It requires an analytical mind and a clear and accurate writing style. You’ll need the capacity to pick out the telling information and clarify it succinctly for an informed audience.
It’s not quite a standard news reporting role, though there will be plenty of opportunity to write more regular news stories, too. This is a unique position that will help you build a very solid foundation for a career in built environment journalism (and beyond, because you’ll be writing about so many different social issues). You’ll also get stacks of opportunities to contribute to the magazine in other ways and to develop your editorial skills in whatever direction suits you best.
What’s more, you’ll be working with a supportive and lively team operating within a friendly, multi-award winning company.
Skills and qualities we're looking for
- Writing / journalistic skills (we prefer that you’re NCTJ qualified and have at least some experience of news reporting).
- Curiosity about planning and the built environment.
- Attention to detail (it’s all about the detail).
- The ability to pick out the real story from sometimes dense and complex information.
- A real enthusiasm for storytelling.
- An aptitude with social media and interest in modern media trends.
- A genuine interest in current affairs and the issues shaping the 21st century.
- An ability to build and maintain good connections and relationships within the industry.
… sift through each day’s planning appeal reports, selecting the best for writing up and publication on our website
… publicise your completed work on our social media channels
…collate and manage the weekly appeals newsletter
…select the stories that best showcase the month in appeals for the monthly appeals section of our print magazine
…feed ideas into our regular content meetings
…look for opportunities to develop and utilise your editorial skills and interests in other areas of our work
…contribute to the life of the team – we’re quite opinionated and the conversation is often lively
… and whatever else we need of you, within reason (editorially, obviously – we won't be asking you to make the tea. Well, we might from time to time.)
Why work with Redactive?
We’re a really nice company to work for – warm, vibrant, talented, creative and diverse in every sense. We focus on quality of output and delivering the best service for our many clients across the professions and we win stacks of awards as a result.
We have a central London office and a fair and considerate home working policy; and, of course, we have all the usual stuff like a competitive basic salary and excellent benefits package, a personal training plan, 25 days' holiday and subsidised gym membership. Most importantly, though, we take pride in doing good work and we celebrate that.
How to apply
Please send us your CV and a cover letter via by clicking on the 'Apply Button'
We’d like you to explain briefly why you’re interested in this role and why you think you’d be a good fit.
This is an open deadline as we’re looking for the right person for the role. However, it’s to your benefit to send us your application sooner rather than later.