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Political Correspondent


London, United Kingdom 7 days ago
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Job Description

Political Correspondent, ITV News West Country

ITV News


Office location: London


Your work matters to millions.

Shaping culture is in the DNA of ITV. So, it’s not surprising that you’ll find us in every home in the UK, our productions are famous all over the world and we’re at the forefront of the digital streaming revolution.

When you join us, you enter a fun working environment. With opportunities to learn, to grow and make a real difference. Small enough that your impact’s felt in the business, but big enough that your impact reaches millions of people.

Come develop your skills, change TV and the course of your career. Don’t just watch it. Be part of it. Join ITV.

Your impact sends ripples.

The team

Our News team delivers high quality and trustworthy television and online coverage that regularly attracts audiences in excess of 3.5 million viewers. It’s a fast moving environment with a huge variety of roles and challenges on offer. We operate in 11 main news production centres across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Channel Islands. We also have a Political Unit based in the heart of Westminster. And finally, we produce a range of current affairs & factual programming out of ITV Wales, UTV and ITV Border.

The role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced TV journalist to join our team as Political Correspondent servingITV News West Country.

Our Political Correspondents report on regional political stories and features for the flagship 6pm News Programme, Monthly Political Programme, Bulletins and Online, by creating packages, appearing live or ‘as live’ and engaging in social media. They provide a link between the regions they serve and political activity at Westminster, and in Local Government.

This role entails…

As an ITV Political Correspondent you will have a passion for politics and an outstanding proven track record in journalistic originality and creativity with the ability to react effectively to breaking stories. You will consistently generate original and creative ideas, write, package and edit material as required, exercising excellent editorial judgement whilst maintaining high journalistic standards. Our Political Correspondents edit their own material so we expect you to be a quick, creative and polished editor to complement the newsgathering and story-telling skills you already possess.

You will be a confident communicator with the ability to deal with people at all levels and maintain a collaborative approach, liaising closely with the Westminster News Editor as well as the regional Newsdesk and Producers about the requirements for the programmes.

Our Political Correspondents are based in London, but regularly visit the regions they serve.

Skills you’ll need(minimum criteria)

  • Proven track record of delivering original, high-quality and distinctive television and digital journalism.
  • Proven technical ability (editing, live reporting and digital) to give your political coverage maximum impact whether package, live, online report or 'blog.’
  • A passion for politics and a demonstrable knowledge of the current and past political world as well as a good knowledge of how parliament operates.
  • Strong on-screen presence (which will be scored on your showreel).

Other things we’re looking for(key criteria)

  • An understanding of the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in determining output.
  • A good knowledge of the ITV News West Country region.
  • The ability to demonstrate resilience and determination with a willingness to learn new skills.
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a team.
  • Experience of using Social Media as a promotional tool.

ITV is for everyone.

ITV strongly encourages applications for this role from disabled people. As a Disability Confident Leader, if you meet the minimum criteria for a role and you have declared that you are disabled, we’ll guarantee to take you to the next stage* (minimum criteria above).

We're happy to discuss any support/personalisation you may need during our application and selection process as part of our reasonable adjustments. Drop us a line if you require anything

Find out more about applying with a disability.

* There may be a few exceptions where we are not able to take all eligible candidates to the next stage due to the volume of applications.

Because those who make an impact deserve to be rewarded for it.

ITV offers some great rewards and benefits including

  • Flexible working options available
  • Generous holiday allowance, plus you can buy more
  • Annual bonus opportunity
  • Competitive pension contribution
  • Save as you earn - with an opportunity to buy ITV shares
  • Wellbeing and volunteering days plus a wide range of opportunities to help you live a balanced and healthy life

More about our benefits

Closing date: Sunday 8th October 2023

Interview date: Friday 20th October 2023

Please note, a standard DBS check is required as part of the recruitment process for this role

The notice period for this role is 2 months (this will include any new contracts/ secondments)

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-g4pw0y-44-192-254-173-42 in your application.