Parliamentary Reporter at newsdirect


Location: Edinburgh
£8.25 p/h, Monday - Friday (08:00 - 16:30)
Initial 12-week contract with the option to extend.
January 2016 start


About Us

We are newsdirect, a political intelligence company providing daily monitoring of political news and parliamentary proceedings.  We specialise in reporting proceedings of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, but staff also monitor Westminster, the European institutions and the broader political arena.  We work from offices on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and in Cardiff Bay, close to the devolved assemblies that we report on.  

Our clients include large public agencies, influential trade bodies and campaigning charities.  Staff on our research team monitor a vast amount of information, across a range of sources, every day, using their knowledge of each client’s interests to identify the specific items that will be of relevance to each recipient. 

Our reputation is built on the talent and dedication of our research and reporting teams who work closely together to provide a seamless service.  Staff training is of the utmost importance to us, with everyone participating in a structured development programme - from intern to senior account manager - with regular support sessions and weekly team meetings. 


The Role

With three plenary sessions and over a dozen committee meetings each week, reporting the Scottish Parliament’s proceedings requires a particularly significant resource.  As well as full-time researchers and account managers, we have a team of parliamentary reporters providing a live summarising service for parliamentary proceedings.

We are now looking for a skilled and enthusiastic intern to support our research and reporting teams. The duties will include:
• live summarising of parliamentary debates and committee meetings identifying themes within the discussion and linking these into
• concise reports
• preparing listings of future parliamentary business, consultations, legislation and events
• scanning parliamentary and other websites for newly-published information
• selecting information relevant to clients and writing these up in an agreed style
• assisting with other research projects, as required


Hours & Location

The position is full-time and based in newsdirect's Edinburgh office. Shifts are 08:00 - 16:30, Monday - Friday. The nature of our work requires occasional hours to be worked in the evenings and at weekends (to attend policy events, party conferences and networking opportunities). 



You must have an excellent and up-to-date knowledge of Scottish parliamentary procedures, including current inquiries, business scheduling, online sources and publication timings.

Essential skills for the positions are fast typing and an exceptional and demonstrable standard of spelling and grammar.  You must have the ability to produce concise, informative and readable copy to tight deadlines. The recruitment process will also test your ability to summarise proceedings across a range of policy themes with minimal preparation.



Closing Date for applications is 22 December 2015.

Interviews will take place in early January.  Shortlisted candidates may be asked to undertake and submit a further written exercise in the intervening period. 

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on the web site. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Your CV should include relevant information only and be no more than 2 pages long.

In your covering letter please include:

• A brief summary of your experience of Scottish politics outside of academic study.
• An issue, currently under discussion at Holyrood, that interests you and why.
• Why you would be a good fit with our reporting/research team.

Please also indicate the notice period from your current employment and/or your available start date in January.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.