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High School Sports and College Football Recruiting Reporter
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser/theadvertiser.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for a hard-working and energetic sports reporter to cover high school sports in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area and college football recruiting statewide.
Located in Lafayette, The Daily Advertiser seeks a dynamic reporter who is digitally savvy and committed to leading the conversation on two of the state's most robust sports topics.
The ideal candidate will use reporting skills to find and tell compelling human-interest stories and identify interesting trends for enterprise stories that go beyond what happened on the court or field or during an athlete's commitment ceremony.
This position requires multimedia skills, the ability to produce and edit video and engage audience on social media. The best candidate will have dynamic writing ability and the knowledge to write about football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer.
We want someone who is ambitious, thinks big, writes with authority and has a passion for storytelling and breaking news before our competitors.
- Be the areas leading voice in high school sports and the state's leading voice in college football recruiting.
- Connect with the community through social media, including Instagram.
- Craft coverage based on historical success and adapt approach based on digital metrics and audience needs.
- Capture basic photos and video as needed. Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Bachelor's or masters in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
This can be an entry-level position, but 1-2 years' reporting/newsroom experience is preferred.
Adept at taking photos and video and the ability to file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
Strong command of grammar and AP style.
Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
Passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsrooms.
Comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to enhance reporting and promote stories.
Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
Able to work occasional late nights or weekends as needed by the news cycle.
This role requires a valid drivers license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and a motor vehicle record check & drug screen (for driving roles only).
How to Apply:
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, dont limit your upload to a resume; show us what youve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
1. Your resume one to two pages.
2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what youve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.