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 General Watchdog Reporter - Gannett, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Gannett 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Publishing
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: FRq5VpWtkRy8ot2v4IM5ipQ5UcJVaa / Latpro-3782052 
Date posted: Mar-30-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22107


Req #14738

Monday, March 29, 2021
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of nearly 140 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include the USA TODAY and more than260 daily local newspaper brands, digital marketing services companiesReachLocal, WordStream, andThriveHiveand U.K. media company Newsquest.There's never been a better time to join our talented team. learn more about our opportunities, and visit Gannett Privacy Policyto understand our privacy policy.

General Watchdog Reporter

La Junta, Colorado

TheLa Junta Tribune-Democrat, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, seeks a watchdog reporter to cover any and everything in the Arkansas River Valley area of Colorado.

This job is well suited for a reporter who can think critically and creatively and write with clarity and impact on complex issues. We will expect you to break important news and develop stories that engage our audiences on multiple platforms.

You must build trust with sources and have an eye for important details buried in local government, business, crime andeducation. You should have work samples that demonstrate an aptitude for data-driven stories and familiarity with FOIA requests, and a track record of producing compelling, timely, well-sourced stories. We expect that you can recognize compelling, socially shareable stories and that you will be quick to jump on them.

We also run weekly papers in the Fowler Tribune and Bent County Democrat that cover the areas west and east of La Junta that youll be expected to help produce content for as well.

In addition, we will ask you to connect with the community not just via social media, but on camera, and through community forums and events.

La Junta and the surrounding areas are a diverse place with a strong rural community that also enjoys some of the aspects of city living. Located an hour east of Pueblo and the Front Range of Colorado, youll get the feel of a small-town while also being in one of the countrys most popular statesto move to.

The Tribune-Democrat is a digitally oriented newsroom that demands excellence in multi-platform storytelling. Want to wow us? Go beyond the byline. Show us how you can bring your work to readers in real time and via the many multimedia tools at your disposal. Show us excellent communication skills mixed with an inquisitive mind and a bold use of diverse sources. If you can show us those traits, wed love to win with you.


  • Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages the audience.

  • Connects with the community through reporting and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.). Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.

  • Works with content strategist to evaluate what's working and develops ongoing plans to satisfy audience needs.

  • Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.

  • Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.

  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.


  • Bachelor's or masters degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Work samples that demonstrate storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.

  • Proven experience producing accurate reports under deadline pressure, in a style that resonates with mobile and social audiences.

  • Proficiency on social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.

  • Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities.

  • Ability to shoot basic photos and videos in a breaking news situation.

  • Strong news judgement and ability to multitask.

  • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.

  • **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 drug screen (for all driving roles only).

Application Instructions:Interested and qualified candidates, we are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. Please apply here and upload your materials (resume, cover letter, work samples link/portfolio, etc.) combined into one single document attachment (preferably in PDF format). The application only allows a single document. Following these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration.

Gannett Co., a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.
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  • Job Family News
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly

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