Committee Reporter, Edinburgh.

Closing date: 12 midday, Monday 13 January 2020

Newsdirect is an independent bureau that provides 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 with an hour-long lunch break.

Starting salary £19,000 + overtime.

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

Duties will include:

  • Providing a fast, early-morning collation service of new parliamentary information
  • Scanning and summarising news releases and stakeholder sources for precise client interests
  • Supporting Account Managers with regular and ad hoc tasks, including monthly reports, election research and forward planning information
  • Assisting in the preparation of policy profiles and research
  • Keeping effective notes and records as well as maintaining client data
  • Identifying new business opportunities and participating in service development activities
  • Reporting from party conferences and attending policy and networking events as required
  • Providing a helpful and responsive helpdesk service for client requests

Applicant Profile

We’d like to hear from candidates who can:

  • Communicate political exchanges and processes clearly and accurately in plain English
  • Demonstrate experience of fast-paced and close-knit working environments
  • Produce accurate work under pressure of time and support colleagues to do the same
  • Be organised and able to adapt to fast-changing situations as required
  • Manage IT effectively and identify tasks and approaches that could benefit from a tech-solution

How to Apply                          

Click through here to access the job spec.

Send across a 2-page CV and 1-page covering letter that shows us your suitability for the role.

Please indicate the notice period from your current role or confirm the date you would be available to start.

Your application should be emailed to by 12:00 on Monday 13th January.