Parliamentary Reporter with Newsdirect

Newsdirect are a political intelligence company providing daily monitoring of political news and parliamentary proceedings. They specialise in reporting proceedings of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, but staff also monitor Westminster, the European institutions and the broader political arena.

Location: Edinburgh
£7.85 per hour
Full-time: 08.00-16.30 Monday- Friday
September–December 2015

Clients include large public agencies, influential trade bodies and campaigning charities. Staff on their 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.

Newsdirect’s reputation is built on the talent and dedication of the research and reporting teams who work closely together to provide a seamless service. Staff training is of the utmost importance, 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, they have a team of parliamentary reporters providing a live summarising service for parliamentary proceedings.

Newsdirect are now looking for a skilled and enthusiastic intern to support the 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

The nature of this role requires occasional hours to be worked in the evenings and at weekends (to attend policy events, party conferences and networking opportunities).


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of the Scottish Parliament’s structures and the issues currently under discussion.

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 test your ability to summarise proceedings across a range of policy themes with minimal preparation.

Please note - previous direct applicants to Newsdirect need not reapply.


Closing date for applications is 13 August 2015 at midday.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by midday on the closing date. State a. your availability and also the notice period from your current role and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Shortlisting & Interviews

An initial shortlist of candidates will be invited to undertake a practical exercise (from home) during the week-commencing Monday 17th August. Invitations to interview will subsequently be made. Interviews will take place in Edinburgh on Tuesday 25th August.




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