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Bristol24/7 is hiring community reporters

By bristol247, Monday May 18, 2020

We are on the hunt for new journalists to help us report community news across Bristol.

These content creators will help us tell stories from their communities however they want: through writing (news, features or opinion), photography, video, animation, social media, podcasts and more.

They will join our existing team of community reporters, who have been working for the past two months to tell stories about places including Knowle West, Sea Mills and Barton Hill. All the community reporters work closely with a mentor who edits their stories, and will be part of the wider team at Bristol24/7.

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We are looking for people who live in areas of Bristol, or belong to communities, that are often under-represented in mainstream media coverage.

We want to tell more stories about areas such as Avonmouth, Broomhill, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and Speedwell.

We also want to amplify stories from communities that have less of a voice in the city – because they face discrimination, feel disadvantaged, or struggle to gain access to mainstream media outlets.

We are looking for candidates who have good connections within their communities and the confidence to talk to a range of people.

The most important element to the community reporters’ work is exceptional storytelling.

Cafe on the Square in Sea Mills

Bristol24/7’s community reporters currently cover areas including Sea Mills, which are often underrepresented in mainstream media coverage. Photo: Mary Milton

Successful candidates will be:

  • Passionate about Bristol.
  • Eager to tell stories from their own community.
  • A self-starter.
  • Aware of the work that Bristol24/7 already does.
  • Willing to learn new skills.
  • Legally able to work in the UK.

We will commission reporters on a freelance basis to produce one-off pieces of content, at a day rate of £70. The roles are flexible to fit around other commitments, and are short-term.

To apply, please email jess@bristol247.com with a 50-word bio about yourself, and brief ideas about three pieces of content that you would create for Bristol24/7 as a community reporter.

Main photo: Lowie Trevena

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