Earlier this week the Guardian ran a Dream Jobs article in which feature writer Tim Dowling confessed a desire to become a lowly-paid local journalist.
‘I have always harboured dreams of having the benefit of training and a long apprenticeship,’Dowling wrote.
‘A day’s work experience as a reporter on the Hackney Gazette wasn’t going to provide either, but it might give me some sense of what I’d missed.”Loading ...
Well guess what? Hackney Gazette is now looking for a new chief reporter.
Is an application about to wing its way east from Kings Place?
There might be a few drawbacks. In his piece – which led to a number of unsavoury comments – Dowling confessed to not having the necessary skills to truly fulfil his dream to work on the Hackney Gazette.
He found it ‘immediately dispiriting’to discover that had he been a prospective employee he wouldn’t have been taken on.
‘Successful recruits have usually already completed an accredited course and have a minimum shorthand rate of 100 words a minute, as opposed to my zero.”
But if he is really keen I’m sure editor Malcolm Starbrook would consider giving a man of his experience time off to work on his shorthand and get those pesky NCTJ exams out of the way.
Tim, the job could be yoursâ€¦