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Job vacancy: Reporter for The Local France

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Location: Île-de-France
Date added: 20 Jul 2019

The Local is currently seeking a reporter in France to join our team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists.

As a reporter your job will be to work with the editor to cover France's news and culture in ways that make it more accessible and engaging for our core audiences.

Your job will be to write articles on the need-to-know information for our France-based readers and keep them up to date with all the relevant news in the country that impacts their lives.

This means developing content that appeals to a growing number of Members, and enticing more readers to subscribe to The Local.

What we expect from you:

• An exceptional level of written and spoken English (native speaker or equivalent).

• Fluency in French: Our ideal candidate has excellent spoken French and has been living (“lived in” maybe, if you want to keep door open to more candidates from abroad) in France for more than a year.

• The ability to write clear, concise and engaging news stories and features (at speed?).

• Experience of translating from French to English and an ability to turn flowing French prose into equally flowing English prose.

• At least one year's experience in an editorial role.

• A knowledge of journalistic ethics and good practice.

• An excellent knowledge of French culture, society, politics and institutions.

• Flexibility; the ability to work some unsocial hours as needed, sometimes at short notice.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and social media skills.

• Familiarity with blogging, online publishing, sound recording and photo editing are an advantage.
A knowledge of major languages other than English and French (particularly German, Italian and Spanish) would be useful.

This is you:

· You already have experience in an editorial role and an appropriate qualification in journalism.

· Curiosity: you want to help explain France to our readers; from the big news stories to its culture, quirks, lifestyle and laws

· Imagination: you're constantly thinking of new ways to approach stories, new ways to use online and social media, new ways to connect with our audiences.

· Humour: you have a finely-tuned sense of the ridiculous; you don't see a conflict between being a serious journalist and having a sense of humour.

· Diligence: you love your work; you view it as a career, not a job. If you start out on a task, you see it through to the end.

· Making a commitment to our team will give you the chance to pursue an exciting, international journalism career. The job is full time. Pay competitive.

If you think you have what it takes, send your CV and a brief introduction (in English) to our managing editor, Ben McPartland - ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com

The Local is an English-language online news network, with eleven sites in nine countries used by more than 5 million people each month.

With an entertaining blend of daily news, features and communities, our sites have become essential reading for foreign professionals.

Email: ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com