Cross Rhythms media run an FM community radio station in Stoke-on-Trent, which also streams
online. Social Media platforms on Facebook and Twitter are also serviced by the station, as well as
by the wider organisation. We also produce about a dozen original programmes that are syndicated
Job placement title
Radio News Assistant
The Radio News Assistant is managed by the FM Radio Station’s Programme Controller.
Job placement summary
We’re looking for a Community Radio News Assistant to research, write and present community
news content on Cross Rhythms City Radio.
You will work with the station’s Programme Controller to create daily community news bulletins and
features. This will include writing scripts for radio and social media and presenting recorded content
on the radio station and meeting several daily deadlines.
Tasks include: finding community news and information; writing scripts for community news
bulletins and features; presenting recorded community news content; arranging, conducting and
recording interviews; editing audio; assisting the Programme Controller with other general duties.
Note: Your Placement will take place at our HQ in Stoke-on-Trent, and we will aim to help you find
suitable accommodation if required. Additionally, in light of COVID restrictions, we may offer you to
undertake your Placement remotely/virtually, for all or part of the 6 months.
Skills, experience and qualifications
Great communication and ICT skills are essential. You must be able to work to deadlines, remain
calm under pressure, be motivated, enthusiastic and willing to learn. An understanding of media law
Employment support and training
You will be mentored, trained and supported continuously by the Cross Rhythms Programme
That support and training will help develop your skills to fulfil your role. You will learn how to use
any equipment and software relevant to your role and be given initial and ongoing training to
develop those skills.
You will gain plenty of experience working in the media environment and producing media content
for publication or broadcast. This will develop your skills in: hitting deadlines, researching,
interviewing and/or communicating with other participants, and producing quality content.
In addition we will help to develop your CV writing skills, interview techniques, CPD skills and
communication and teamwork skills. You will also be enrolled on the Staffordshire Chambers of
Commerce Kickstart Network – this network will provide monthly networking events and CPD
development sessions once a month for your Kickstart placement, which will help you to develop
your employability skills as well as network with like-minded placements.
We will provide you with any equipment you might need to fulfil your role.
Working pattern and contracted hours
Part-time, 25 hours per week. Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm (including 45 minutes unpaid lunch)
National Minimum Wage/Living Wage as appropriate.
How to apply
To apply you must be 16-24 years old and be on Universal Credit for at least three months.
Interested applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org to express their interest directly to us.
Then you need to apply by telling your Work Coach at your local job centre that you are interested in
the Radio News Assistant role at Cross Rhythms in Stoke-on-Trent. Your Work Coach will then refer
you to the job.
Closing date for applications: 30th June 2021.
Anticipated start date: 5th July 2021.
Radio News Assistant