IT is not too late to apply to be part of a unique scheme to report on local democracy for the Hereford Times.

As part of a UK-wide ground-breaking initiative between the BBC and regional publishers, we are seeking to recruit a local democracy reporter, initially on a two-year fixed-term contract.

The scheme is designed to increase coverage and scrutiny of local authorities across the UK.

Funded by the BBC and run by media publishers such as Newsquest Media Group, which owns the Hereford Times, reporters will working on newspapes across the UK and will offer in-depth coverage of our local authorities.

The key aim will be to ensure deep scrutiny of the way our local government institutions operate, decisions they make and how they spend public money.

Successful applicants will play a vital part in launching the scheme and ensuring it is a success, with the aim of expanding in future years.

Acting as a trusted source of news and ambassador for the scheme, the successful applicant will be adept at identifying issues and stories buried in council agendas which need to be brought to the public’s attention.

Reporting to the local editor, this role offers the chance to get involved at the start of a high-profile initiative and help shape the future of the scheme.

For more details, including how to apply, visit: