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Reach plc


Posted on: 11 May 2024





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Regional Sports Sub Editor/Writer (Maternity cover)

Company Description

It is a fantastic time to join Reach PLC, as we are currently looking for a talented and experienced Regional Sports sub-editor/writer to join us, on a 10-month fixed term contract.

Your work will include production duties on a series of daily and/or clusters of weekly titles alongside writing daily football content on a selection of football league clubs. Work will vary between writing and subbing copy, depending on the day’s requirements. As this role has a Sports specialism, previous work in Sport would be ideal. 

We are looking for someone with previous experience in sports writing, sub editing and proofing pages, with excellent multi tasking and time management skills.  You will have a close working relationship with the Print Editor and are expected to develop positive relationships across departments including content teams, Newspaper Sales, Commercial and Marketing.

We’re looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives from people from a wide range of backgrounds, and we want you to tell us the stories you believe are important from our many communities so we can continue to diversify our content.

We are happy to consider applications on a flexible working basis, and will always aim to accommodate requests where possible.

This role is initially a 10-month fixed-term contract.

This role is home based and we are therefore open to candidates based across the UK.

Job Description

What will the role involve?

You will be responsible for editing copy to fit allocated space and fact-checking copy to ensure accuracy at all times. You will write correct and effective headlines, always adhering to Reach’s branding and house style rules.

You will handle Sports stories and updates with ease, updating copy quickly and accurately. You will also make sure all copy is legally sound and meets IPSO guidelines and Reach’s standards. This position will involve weekend working so a flexible approach is required.

You will be responsible for writing stories on a selection of football league clubs and general sports content, including grassroots.


Who are we looking for?

An experienced journalist with your NCTJ or equivalent qualification and media law knowledge, you will have a depth of experience in Sports journalism, at a national or large regional title. You will have extensive knowledge of the intricacies of print news, with a proven track record of writing and sub editing for print titles.

You have the knowledge and skill to judge if a copy needs to be edited and when required, the ability to rewrite accurate copy quickly and efficiently. You can write accurate, hard-hitting and entertaining headlines, always able to meet the very high standards Reach requires.

Additional Information

What can we offer you?

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

  • Help saving for your retirement - join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
  • 25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Giving back day - an additional day’s leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
  • Enhanced family leave - including maternity, paternity and adoption - and you’ll be eligible after just six months’ employment
  • Private Healthcare Cash Plan - free health cash plan so you can claim back cash for a range of medical expenses
  • As one of the UK’s top 50 Inclusive Employers everyone’s invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
  • Wellbeing support - including a 24/7 employee assistance programme (EAP) for you and your nearest and dearest
  • Awesome career opportunities - you’ll have support from your line manager and a range of learning & development programmes
  • We are also a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels

Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.


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