Journalist

We are seeking a versatile individual to combine the roles of Journalist and Copywriter.

The position requires journalism for our print and online publications with the skill of crafting persuasive marketing copy for our brands.

You will have an opportunity to make a difference working for an award-winning publication - the voice of Lancashire's business community, covering the second biggest economy in the North West.

 

You will also have an opportunity for in-depth reporting, creative feature writing and getting to the stories behind the stories. We produce journalism that leads the agenda.

This is a rare chance to join an award-winning team setting the business news agenda in a region which makes national headlines. We pride ourselves on our storytelling excellence and our events help shape the business landscape.

Core responsibilities include assisting the editor, generating news and features, working with the marketing team and editing online output.

The role offers hybrid working opportunities with a minimum of three days per week based in our Blackburn office.

It also offers great scope for professional development and progression within a growing and innovative business media organisation.

It is an ideal role for a general news reporter or feature writer looking to build specialist knowledge to further their career, or those with transferable skills.

Ideally, you’ll like dogs and will be happy to share space with office hound Gilbert.

 

Responsibilities

  • Generate and deliver quality stories and features for Lancashire Business View’s digital and print publications, including reporting breaking business news, digging out exclusive stories, carrying out in-depth interviews, and delivering sector analysis.
  • Pitch off-diary reads and interviews for Lancashire Business View.
  • Build up a network of local business contacts to stay informed about the latest developments and opportunities.
  • Attend and report Lancashire Business View’s events and attend and represent Lancashire Business View at other relevant events
  • Stand-in for the editor when necessary and ensure timely delivery of news content.
  • Lead and edit www.lancashirebusinessview.co.uk and LBV Hub including daily writing, editing and publishing
  • Liaise with LBV Hub members where required to ensure story quality.


Copywriting

  • Collaborate with the marketing team to develop and maintain brand voice, tone, and messaging guidelines.
  • Ensure consistency and alignment of messaging across all marketing channels and touchpoints.
  • Tailor messaging to different target audiences.
  • Write compelling copy for marketing collateral, including website content, social media posts, marketing and sales materials.
  • Develop engaging content for digital advertisements, social media posts, and paid campaigns to drive brand awareness and customer engagement.


Ideal experience and qualities

  • Proven experience as a journalist / copywriter, with a portfolio showcasing a variety of journalistic articles and marketing collateral.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail and the ability to adapt writing style to suit different audiences and channels.
  • Familiarity with SEO best practices and the ability to optimize copy for search engines and digital discoverability.
  • Proficiency in using content management systems (CMS), email marketing platforms, and social media management tools.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a passion for storytelling and a track record of generating innovative ideas.
  • Ideally, you will have a full clean driving licence and your own vehicle.


Join our team if…

  • You are a creative thinker with a passion for journalism, for crafting compelling marketing messages and for Lancashire.
  • You want to work in a small, fast-moving team.
  • You want your ideas heard and acted on.
  • You can work independently as well as part of a team.
  • You understand the imperative of deadlines.
  • You can commit to some flexible hours to cover stories.

Package

  • Salary is negotiable dependent on experience30 days holiday including bank holidays
  • Access to learning / skills development
  • Private wellbeing plan with mental health support
  • Flexible working including hybrid options, based out of our office in Blackburn
  • Employer pension contributions
  • Lots of attention from the office dog!

Apply for this role

To apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the role and current remuneration to [email protected]

Closing date: 12 July 2024

Please note we may close this early if sufficient applications are received and we therefore recommend applying ASAP.

Interviews will be held in person at our offices in Blackburn.

For an informal chat about the role please contact the office on 01254 297870.

About Us

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We publish an award-winning magazine and stage award-winning, industry-leading events.

We are an independent business based in Lancashire and we’re planning to grow.

Lancashire Business View (LBV) has been the magazine for industry, commerce and regeneration in the county since 2005. We also have a large online presence which is updated daily; we distribute frequent online communications; and have a strong following on social media.

We stage around 30 events each year, mostly within the LBV events calendar and these range from themed debates for up to 10 delegates to the national award-winning Red Rose Awards which attracts more than 1,000 guests annually.

We are a small and dynamic team, and all contribute to the direction of the business.

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