The Journal & Courier in Lafayette, IN, part of the USA TODAY Network, has an immediate opening for a reporter.
General statement of job:
With limited supervision, the reporter must be responsible for covering beat-related stories in and around Greater Lafayette, Indiana, as they happen or after the fact. Reporter must also develop feature stories as they arise, seeking out opportunities constantly.
Essential job duties:
The list of duties is NOT exhaustive. Duties may be added, deleted or changed at any time without notice.
Maintain a close working relationship with beat-related sources.
Be on alert for breaking news.
Carry a cell phone accessible by coworkers and editors.
Generate story ideas and photo opportunities.
Complete writing duties as assigned by the editor, deputy editor, city editor and/or copy desk editor.
Maintain professional communications with other employees and contacts outside the newspaper.
Be willing to work nights and weekends as needed to fulfill job duties.
Write clearly and succinctly on a variety of topics, which may extend beyond the primary focus of law enforcement.
Participate in training as required.
Accept other assignments as deemed necessary by editor(s).
Education: Bachelors degree in journalism or related field.
Equipment: Computer literate with a working knowledge of MS Word. Knowledge of Quark a plus.
Skills: Must be self-motivated, independent, excel in communications with people inside and outside the company, be able to generate story ideas but also follow instructions for assigned story ideas.
Ability to speak and write in Spanish a plus.
Certificates, licenses, insurance needed:
Over 18 years of age.
Valid drivers license.
Automotive insurance coverage as deemed necessary by human resources.
Interested and qualified candidates, please apply here and upload your materials combined into one single document with as much of the following as possible: your updated resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the position, and your portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. **It's important that these items be combined into a single document attachment/upload (preferably in PDF format). The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration.