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News editor - Redbridge Talking Newspaper

Closing date: 29 October 2020


We record local news and features each week for distribution via USB memory sticks to the blind in the London Borough of Redbridge. The sticks are sent and returned by free post. We are a registered charity, entirely independent and run by volunteers. The service is free to our “Listeners”, the blind and partially sighted in Redbridge.

Role description: 

We seek volunteers to prepare the weekly news ready for reading. The role is an essential part of our weekly production. The reading teams attend on a Thursday evening, on a rota basis. There are 6 reading teams, each needing a News Editor.

Main tasks

  • Each Thursday a News Editor prepares the local newspapers.
  • This requires, buying two copies of the papers (reimbursable), cutting out the stories, preparing them ready for reading.
  • Delivering news to the evening recording session at our studio (Ilford).
  • Often the News Editor can also be a reader on a Reading team but this is not essential. 

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications

  • The minimum age of our volunteers is 18 years.
  • Preparing the news requires scissors, scrap paper, glue and a table surface.

Benefits to the volunteer

  • Preparing the news gives much satisfaction in knowing that the reading team can operate smoothly at the recording session and get the edition recorded.
  • Production of our editions is a very satisfying exercise as it makes sure that our Listeners are able to stay in touch and as a result do not feel lonely or isolated.
  • References not available

Other information: 

Recruitment process

  • No previous experience is necessary.
  • Following a telephone discussion, applicants will be invited to our studio for an informal interview where we will explain our organisation, how we operate and the role. 
  • We will also address the expectations of, and from, the applicant.
  • No references necessary. 
Time taken is between 2-3 hours during a Thursday evening. If aligned to one reading team this would be every 6 weeks. This work usually takes place at the volunteer’s home but could be at the studio, by arrangement. The studio is on the corner of The Drive and Eastern Avenue and is a short walk from Redbridge Station. There is a small car park. The studio is accessed via stairs.
Expenses: Travel and subsistence

Type of activity: 

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