Local Democracy Reporter Nelson/Tasman

Are you an outstanding reporter looking for a new challenge and wanting to serve your community?

Top South Media, with the support of RNZ and NZ On Air’s Public Interest Journalism Fund, is hiring a journalist to join Local Democracy Reporting in 2022 and 2023. 

You will be covering local authorities and other publicly-funded organisations, but also going out and talking to the people affected by these organisations’ decisions, sharing their stories, and coming up with your own stories on similar topics. 

Your focus will be covering Nelson City and Tasman District councils, supplying copy, photographs and from time to time, video. 

You will report to the editor of the Nelson Weekly and Waimea Weekly. You will receive extra training and support from RNZ, and your work will be made available at the same time to all of the programme’s media partners, including RNZ.  

This could be a junior, intermediate or senior role depending on the successful candidate.

We are looking for someone with as many of the following qualities as possible. You don’t need all of these to apply, but you do need to have at least two years’ reporting experience (although in some cases we may also consider exceptional applicants with only one year’s experience). 
• Able to spot a strong story and make it come alive for your audience 
• Able to meet the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and balance
• Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
• Some knowledge of local government 
• Excellent writing skills

This is a full-time role for a fixed term (through to 31 December 2023). Assistance with relocation costs may be considered. 

Applications close October 21. Your CV, cover letter, work samples, etc should be sent to andrew@topsouthmedia.co.nz.

Visit RNZ’s website for more information about the LDR service