Bureau Chief

Bureau Chief

Listed: Nov 18, 2020
Permanent – full-time
Closing: Dec 18, 2020
Southland / Gore
Advertising, arts & media


  • Newly created role

  • Local weekly paper established in 1878

  • Providing Eastern Southland news for Otago Daily Times


Who we are


Allied Press Limited employs over 450 people on a permanent basis across our 15 sites in the South Island. We operate across multiple media platforms (print, on-line, digital) delivering news, information and entertainment through our various regional and city publications, including The Ensign and the Otago Daily Times.


The role


Reporting to the Editors of The Ensign (Communities Editor) and ODT (Editor in Chief), this role plays a key role in the growth and strengthening of The Ensign, a weekly local paper established in 1878, representing the local area in the Otago Daily Times and supporting the editorial team in the Gore
of?ce. Sub-editing and layout skills would be an advantage but are not essential. This is an exciting time to be working for this leading independent New Zealand media company. The Otago Daily Times’ regional coverage and The Ensign’s local coverage are at the heart of its success.


Some of the key accountabilities include:



  • Staff support and performance management

  • Sourcing and writing stories

  • Copy tasting

  • Meeting production deadlines

  • Point of contact for the local community and Allied Press staff


Your skills and experience


We are looking for an ef?cient, organised, curious self-starter, able to get along with and lead reporters, have a passion for news and be an excellent communicator. Signi?cant journalistic experience is a must and experience in managing teams is advantageous.


In addition to your interest in supporting your team to succeed, you will demonstrate:



  • Video, photography and website skills

  • Commitment to accuracy and quality

  • Full NZ driver licence


Further details


This is a full time, permanent position based in Gore, central to the best of the South Island’s natural landscape with all of its leisure opportunities, affordable housing and access to plenty of local culture and sport.


Relocation assistance would be considered for the right candidate. As well as working alongside professional colleagues throughout the South Island, there are development opportunities and an opportunity to take ownership of a successful and well supported local newspaper.


If you think this role is for you, please click “apply for this job” and apply by way of CV and a covering letter. A copy of the position description can be requested from HR at and informal queries should be sent to Louise Scott (Regions Editor) .


Applications will close on Tuesday 1 December.


All applications will be treated in the strictest con?dence.


Disclaimer: Allied Press does not accept unsolicited agency résumés. Allied Press is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited résumés.


Please note you must have the right to work in New Zealand to apply for this role. Allied Press is unable to provide sponsorship or visa support at this time.