Tindle Newspapers Limited
West Somerset
£18,000 - £20,000 FTE
Closing date
27 May 2022

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If you are a highly motivated multimedia journalist looking for a new challenge, then Tindle Newspapers West Somerset/Wellington has a fantastic opportunity for you.

Our newspapers are at the very heart of the communities they serve, and we are looking for a journalist to join our passionate community-based team. You will be motivated, enthusiastic and a real “people person”, with a nose for news.

The roles are based from our West Somerset or Wellington offices, but with much of your time being spent in the communities we serve, meeting people and discovering the issues that affect our readers. There will also be some home-based working as business needs dictate.

As a multimedia journalist you will embrace all forms of print and digital, including social media, and must be as comfortable writing a long-form print article as you are wording a snappy breaking news article for the web.

You will need to be flexible, have a current driving licence, and come equipped with a can-do attitude, genuine curiosity and an interest in the communities we serve.

Primary Tasks

· To file stories - including news, features and sport - from across all our communities for all the titles in Kingsbridge Gazette print products and online

· File a plentiful supply of accurate stories, meeting daily targets and deadlines set by the head of content

· Become confident writing into story shapes on templates, as well as organising, collating and adding images for those story shapes

· Play a part in compiling a calendar of key events in our community, and ensuring they are covered adequately and maximising newspaper sales opportunities and digital views

· Help build our brands’ social media presence, filing to channels as and when necessary

· Build relations with key personnel and organisations in our communities, meeting them regularly

· Act as a brand ambassador in the community

· To regularly conduct interviews in the community, building contacts and become a familiar face in our communities

· Take photographs and include video content as and when necessary

· To help identify content to attract a new readership

· Call templates on to pages as and when necessary

· Assist proof reading and correcting all pages to help all products hit deadlines

· Work with advertising as necessary to maximise commercial opportunities, including collating information and writing commercially-led content

Key Responsibilities

· Comply with all aspects of H&S

· Use systems and work practices to provide customer and business needs are met

· To liaise with advertising when necessary to help the smooth production of titles

· Abide at all times to the Society of Editors’ Code of Practice, and follow IPSO guidelines

· To help ensure all pages are output ahead of deadline

In return, you will get to work in a business that still values local news and invests in journalism, as it takes the next steps on an exciting digital journey. You will also get 25 days holiday, enhanced sick pay, and access to a NEST Pension.


The history of Tindle Newspapers can be traced back to the 1950s when Sir Ray Tindle started the group with the £300 demob money he was given at the end of the Second World War. Our oldest papers predate the formation of the Tindle Group – most of our paid-for titles are over 100-years-old.

Today, Tindle Newspapers Ltd is one of the largest privately-owned media companies in the UK, with publications stretching from Aberystwyth to Westerham. The group also owns radio stations in the Channel Islands and Ireland.

Tindle Newspapers began life when Sir Ray bought a small weekly paper in Tooting, south London, with a circulation of 700. Through launches and acquisitions the company now has over 150 titles covering much of South and West England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

Sir Ray says his successes are attributed to a dedicated and loyal staff led in recent years by Brian Doel and Wendy Craig, as well as the superb managing directors and general managers who run their newspapers locally. Brian retired from the company in April 2014 and sadly died in August 2016.

Tindle Newspapers became involved in local radio in 1972 when Sir Ray led a delegation to Westminster to make the case for local papers’ involvement in the new media.

The following year, he was part of a company chaired by Robert Stiby which invested in the then newly-formed Capital Radio. 25 years later, Ray Tindle took this money out of Capital and purchased Island FM in Guernsey, Channel 103 in Jersey and, later, Midlands 103 in Ireland.

Sir Ray has always maintained an ultra-local philosophy in all his newspapers and radio stations, reporting on strictly local news and events which are important to the community.

The company has embraced new technology and now each publication is able to offer a complete media package to their customers, encompassing print and digital.

Find Us
01252 735667
The Old Court House
Union Road

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