• Political Correspondent, ITV News

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 1 week ago(09/11/2018 14:58)
    Job ID
    2018-1465
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Newsrooms
    Closing Date
    25/11/2018
  • Overview

    Our people are at the heart of everything we do at ITN. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognize the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

     

    ITV News is looking for a Political Correspondent to cover one of the most challenging times in British politics. We require someone with a sound knowledge of UK politics, a track record of bringing in exclusives, broadcast journalism experience and a desire to shape the agenda in Westminster and beyond.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Creating accurate and well-crafted political packages for ITV programmes
    • Providing informative live coverage of the state of politics in the UK, including breaking news and analysis of complex issues
    • Thinking of new ways to project our political coverage onto digital platforms, as well as blogging, podcasting and a presence on social media
    • Contributing ideas to help with fresh and innovative newsgathering on the political agenda
    • Bringing in off-diary and exclusive stories and ideas
    • Conducting news-making live and pre-recorded interviews
    • Pitching and delivering coverage ideas beyond Westminster that impact communities across the Nations and regions
    • Working with accuracy to meet programme deadlines
    • Aware of financial and legal implications of day-to-day news coverage
    • Responsible for managing their health and safety in the field
    • A knowledge of Ofcom guidelines

     

    These are the main requirements of the role and is not an exhaustive list of duties. It is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.

     

    Qualifications

    • A comprehensive knowledge of political issues in the UK and their ramifications both in the communities our viewers  live in as well as abroad
    • Excellent contacts with the main political parties, individual politicians and Whitehall departments
    • High-quality news judgement and the initiative to work independently
    • Able to write concisely, with clarity and imagination for television and other platforms
    • A passion for developing innovative ways of covering politics on digital platforms
    • A confident broadcast presence, with experience of television journalism
    • An outstanding record of bringing in exclusive stories and breaking lines
    • A commitment to creating political coverage that reflects the diversity of Britain’s communities
    • A strong interviewer who has experience of questioning high-profile figures
    • Calm under pressure in all environments
    • Capable of working to tight deadlines
    • A creative and innovative approach to stories
    • A desire to be influential in shaping ITV News’ political agenda

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