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CONTEXT OF THE ROLE

The Lawyer is the award-winning media brand for commercial lawyers and in-house counsel, both in the UK and globally, with unrivalled audience online, in print, and at events, The Lawyer provides independent and insightful commentary on the people, technology and financial drivers of the global business of law.

The Lawyer provides unrivalled on-the-job training and responsibility, and has developed the careers of a string of successful business journalists. You’ll hone your investigation, writing and data skills and will be encouraged to build contacts from day one.

PURPOSE OF ROLE

Due to growth, a fantastic opportunity is available for an energetic reporter to join one of the UK’s leading journalism brands. The job holder is responsible for researching and writing stories based on The Lawyer’s proprietary research and other relevant data for daily online output. They must develop a strong understanding of the trends in the global commercial legal sector, cultivate industry contacts, work to deadlines and represent The Lawyer at industry events. It would suit a recent graduate with a journalism qualification or an ambitious individual with a background in research who is looking to move into journalism.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Operational:

  • Sourcing and investigating exclusive angles on The Lawyer’s proprietary research and other data sources
  • Displaying initiative in sourcing information
  • Writing clear copy that needs minimal subbing
  • Strong accuracy in analysing trends and data
  • Fact-checking skills
  • Turning stories round and meeting daily deadlines
  • Interviewing industry contacts
  • Generating ideas, both news and long-form
  • Writing long-form data-driven content
  • Analysing data and working with the reporting and research teams to create stories and insight for monthly or annual products
  • Attending and reporting on conferences, roundtables and other events
  • Writing off-diary news
  • Creating and uploading news and data content for The Lawyer website
  • Working with other reporters to research long-form articles
  • Reading independently to make data

Relationship Management:

  • External: Building up contacts and maintaining existing relationships
  • External: Sourcing contacts that are unknown/unused by rivals in the market
  • Internal: Understanding the team’s beats by working collaboratively and sharing information
  • Internal: Communicating ideas and progress with the editors

KEY SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

Essential:

  • Ability to produce accurate copy quickly and within deadline.
  • Accuracy
  • Numeracy
  • Managing competing deadlines
  • Energy
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong news sense
  • Ability to generate his or her own contacts both in and outside work hours
  • An understanding of ethics and confidentiality
  • Understanding of Excel

Desirable:

  • Qualification in journalism
  • Industry knowledge

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Drive
  • Prioritisation
  • Persistence
  • Balanced Judgement
  • Accuracy
  • Communication