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We’re a loving bunch here at The Penicuik Cuckoo and we’re ready to welcome you to our expanding team of local correspondents.

Hi! Thank you for contemplating helping out with the Cuckoo. I am Thomas Scott the website’s editor and sole contributor. Yes I can hear you saying “sole contributor?” but it is true and it has been the case (mostly) for the two years we’ve been operating. However I am now overcome by the popularity and demand of the publication and am struggling to deliver the news promptly and with the quality you expect from your favourite local news site. As such I need your help. Whether you write one article a month or one article a day, I won’t complain, I just need your help. Below there is a list of the voluntary places available. I look forward to hearing from you.

All in One Community Journalist: As with all our positions there are no set obligations however we ask that you write at least one article per month on a subject of your choice. This will usually be between 500-1500 words. You will cover every subject matter. Whether you write about general news or the footie scores you will have to curate the news for your chosen field. To do this, you will be given an email address with us. This is a very hands on voluntary position and requires real dedication and a passion to deliver to your local community. If this sounds like you, get in touch below!

Education Correspondent: We’re looking for a local with key connections to the local education provision. You may sit on a PTA or perhaps you are a local teacher? Either which way, you will be tasked with forging relationships with the town’s nurseries and schools. Using these relationships you will bring their news to our readers. You must have an up to date Disclosure Scotland accreditation.

Sports Correspondent: The Penicuik Cuckoo has never put great emphasis on covering local sporting events. However we are looking to change that. As a sports correspondent you will use your role to cover local sporting events from football through cricket to petanque. You will be granted free admission to sporting events to cover them. Whilst photography skills aren’t a prerequisite, access to a good quality camera would aid your articles.

Communities’ Correspondent: As part of this, you would be expected to attend the regular meetings of local organisations such like the Penicuik Community Development Trust, Community Council and Penicuik on Parade. You would gather news from these to promote the groups’ through informative articles.

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