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Local reporter & producer

Freelance, one year contract

Who is the recruiting partner?

David Taylor, Editor, Tortoise Media

Where do I work?

North East based – remote

Why are we here?

We’re building a different type of newsroom, for a slower, wiser news.  Now more than ever it’s important to have calm, clear journalism you can trust. We’re not chasing breaking news, but revealing what’s driving it. Built to cover stories not as they happen, but when they’re ready.  Where everyone has a seat at the table. Tortoise sets out to bring people together to try and make sense of the world.  We’re here to build journalism that lasts.

What’s my personal contribution?

To help us build our new newsroom in the North East, where Tortoise will launch in September 2021. You’ll have a passion for local news, and be ready to get stuck in with the logistics behind the scenes and drive compelling journalism to help make Tortoise Local a success.

What are my responsibilities & accountabilities?

Run our ThinkIns, the engine of our journalism:
– Sourcing/booking venues, arranging refreshments, seating and any technical requirements.
– Responsible for logistics on the night.
– Audience development – help to make sure our ThinkIn audiences represent diverse backgrounds and opinions, by inviting individuals from different backgrounds with stories to tell to join the ThinkIn.
– Producing Tortoise “Five Slide Guides”.

Reporting and writing:
– Working daily with Tortoise Local Editor to research audio and written sensemaker stories.
– Working on a slate of longer audio and written stories across a broad range of social, economic, political and cultural topics, in line with wider Tortoise news coverage.

Building our North East presence:
– Provide outreach on social media to influential local voices and those that should be heard more too.
– Identify groups and individuals who may be great ThinkIn guests, passionate Tortoise members, or fascinating focal points for our editorial coverage.

Audio production:
– To help produce a daily and weekly audio product and build an audience for it in the North East and beyond.
– To deliver compelling ideas for audio stories.

What do I know? Useful knowledge, skills and experience

What do I show? Essential behaviours

To apply

Please send your CV and covering letter (no more than a page) to David Taylor (david@tortoisemedia.com), along with the short task below:

Imagine you are writing a Sensemaker focused on the North East. Please choose three of our five big editorial themes – ie 3 of “Money”, “Tech / New Things”, “Belonging”, “the 100-year Life” and “Planet”. 

Please choose one story for each of the three headings, 150 words max.

For two of these, please focus on how you write, aiming for clarity and concision but also a relaxed but not too relaxed tone. ie, a balance. Also: remember what it says on the tin. We are trying to make sense of the news.

For the third, please tell the reader something new.