This full-time, permanent position (based in Manchester city centre) would suit a graduate reporter looking to start their career in journalism, who has completed a relevant degree or diploma course in the subject. The ideal candidate will be NCTJ-qualified, but this is not obligatory.

Cognitive Publishing Ltd is business media publisher. We publish three market-leading titles, associated websites and multimedia content, with a combined audience of over 600,000 industry leaders, including politicians, health executives and rail decision-makers.

The digital journalist will be responsible for producing fresh, original and exciting news stories for all the company’s brands that engages our diverse audiences with exclusive, thought-provoking content and analysis.

The candidate will be a self-starter who cultivates stories via contacts, events, press conferences, follow-ups of stories in the non-specialist media, FOIs, news releases, and those generated from research undertaken for the print titles.

Essential skills

• Fast writing
• Sharp news sense
• Accuracy & reliability
• Can-do attitude
• Digital native & social media savvy
• Demonstrable experience in journalism

Desirable skills

• Contacts in public sector, NHS or rail
• Newsroom experience
• 100wpm shorthand

There will also be an opportunity to explore feature writing for our titles and attend nationwide events, including major conferences, black-tie networking dinners and awards galas organised by Cognitive in London and Manchester. They will also represent Cognitive and cover many of the industry events we are requested to attend, meaning the candidate must be a naturally friendly and outgoing person who loves to network and draw in audiences.

An ability to demonstrate an interest in public affairs, business and technology is essential, as well as having a good news sense and a portfolio of published journalism. They must have a concise writing style, excellent spelling and grammar, and a confident phone manner. Knowledge of media law would be an advantage.

The candidate will be able to work quickly and calmly under pressure and write to deadline, working as part of a tight-knit team.
Send your CV, covering letter and two to three samples of your journalism to David Stevenson (Editor): davids@cognitivepublishing.com

Expected Salary: In excess of £16,000.

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