The Newark Advertiser is looking for people!

The Newark Advertiser is looking for a chief reporter and reporter to join its busy newsroom.

The successful candidates will be highly motivated, have strong news gathering skills and be able to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. A strong news sense is vital, as is the ability to provide accurate clean copy for both print and online.Building a strong online audience is crucial so the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of social media. A full driving licence is essential.

The chief reporter will be responsible for leading our team of journalists, guiding our trainees and seniors to create scintillating stories as well as helping to structure the paper and production process, from dummy to deadline.You will need to be methodical and meticulous and have a thorough legal knowledge.

The Advertiser, part of Iliffe Media, is at the heart of the Nottinghamshire community it has served for more than 160 years, publishing a two-edition paid-for weekly newspaper and its associated website.Iliffe Media is a growing, independent company with a proud history in local media. We think the printed newspaper is as important as its digital future, but it has to be local and relevant.

Interested? CVs and a covering letter should be sent to the editor Sharon Hodkin – no later than January 28.

What I'm most looking forward to in 2019

Before last year I’d never seen a film twice in the cinema. I didn’t even know people were sad enough to do that until a friend said he’d seen Blade Runner 2049 five times. But, last year I realised I am that sad. I watched at least 5 films twice or more in the cinema. I unashamedly watched the Greatest Showman three times and I would do it again.

Arsenal: A New Beginning

I must admit, I was a bit sceptical as to how Arsenal would perform this season before it had begun. History would suggest top clubs don’t tend to perform well after a long reigning manager is replaced. We saw this with both David Moyes and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson who had been in charge there for just under 20 years and had arguably been one of the most successful managers ever.

The view from the top

In a few weeks, I will be 40, even I am amazed at how quick life seems to have turned. I still remember my first thought when I heard someone was 40 "wow, what would it be like to be 40" I asked, partly to myself and the other out loud. Shrieks of laughter echoed through with one gentleman saying "my dear is only then that your life is just beginning". "What," I thought, confused and dumbfounded, but hesitant to engage further. I let it slide and off to other things I went. Ironically, it is only now I understand.

Fancy yourself a political writer? Enter The Guardian's Hugo Young Award

For the third year, The Guardian Foundation is holding the Hugo Young Award for young people studying MA Journalism courses across the UK. The competition is for a political opinion piece and aims to highlight the talent of new voices entering the industry. The shortlisted students will be invited to the award ceremony at the Guardian in March 2019, and the winner will receive £500, have their piece published in the Guardian, and gain 1 week shadowing a senior Guardian political correspondent. Last year our very own Laura Trussel was shortlisted for the award. Let's see if we can keep up the trend shall we?

Your piece should include:

  • Between 900 and 1,000 words.
  • A strong argument and grasp of the facts.
  • Broad, timely, national and international news topics.
  • A subject you feel passionate about.
  • We’re keen to hear from people from all backgrounds, about any kind of idea.
  • Your piece should be suitable for publication toward the end of March 2019.
  • Your piece should have a title and be in pdf format.

You can find the full guidelines here and terms and conditions here. The deadline for entries is 3rd February 2019.