Newsdirect’s Edinburgh monitoring team has a vacancy for a political information specialist to join the team from August 2020.   This is a fast-paced and demanding role focused on Scottish Parliament proceedings.  From COVID-recovery to Brexit transition, you’ll be working at the heart of national politics and be first in the know. Deadline: Wednesday 29 July.


Newsdirect is an independent bureau providing impartial and issues-based updates on the day’s political and parliamentary news.  Our monitoring team tracks parliamentary business, government activity and political news with a particular focus on the Scottish institutions.

We are looking for a reporter to join our news team.  In this role you’ll write up short news lines and check parliamentary output for client-related topics.  Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you’ll provide essential, live reporting of parliamentary committees, ministerial questions and debates.

Your output will help our clients spot opportunities to engage with policymakers and ensure they go into meetings with all the latest updates at their fingertips. In this role, you’ll quickly develop political insight,  gain real-time newsroom experience and work with some of Scotland’s most renowned campaign teams.



Job Profile

Core hours are 08:00 – 16:30, Monday to Friday.

The starting salary scale is £19,000 – £21,000.   Applicants should expect to start at the lower end of the scale unless you have 12+ months experience of political monitoring in an equivalent setting.

Some evening and weekend working will be required to cover parliamentary sittings and conferences.

Duties will include:

  • Making scheduled daily checks of parliamentary business covering both Holyrood and Westminster
  • Formatting content based on the Newsdirect style guide and circulating ahead of hourly deadlines
  • Live summarising (via webcast) of parliamentary committees
  • Correctly identifying when relevant policy issues and client organisations are mentioned
  • Scanning websites for relevant news items and condensing into news stubs
  • Compiling weekly and monthly reports, news digests and forward planners
  • Reporting from party conferences and attending policy and networking events as required

Applicant Profile

We’d like to hear from candidates who can:

  • Can convey the significant points in a political discussion clearly and accurately in plain English
  • Have some experience of summarising discussions or live proceedings
  • Can demonstrate a good knowledge of current parliamentary issues and devolved procedures
  • Have an aptitude for a fast-paced and highly collaborative working environment
  • Can produce accurate work under pressure and support colleagues to do the same

How to Apply                          

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Your application should be emailed to by 12:00 on Wednesday 29 July.