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 News - Content Coach @ The Springfield News-Leader - Springfield, Missouri, 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: Dgdde06lyDjfTinJikuPDuUH5oX6C6 / Latpro-3783502 
Date posted: Apr-05-2021
State, Zip: Missouri, 65807


Req #13860

Monday, February 15, 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 than 260 daily local newspaper brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal , WordStream, and ThriveHive and U.K. media company Newsquest. There's never been a better time to join our talented team. Visit to learn more about our opportunities, and visit Gannett Privacy Policyto understand our privacy policy.

The Springfield News-Leader seeks a dynamic, results-driven content coach to lead reporters in producing impactful work that will make a difference for readers.

This coach will help reporters break exclusive news, cultivate deep sourcing and develop explanatory and investigative reports. Coach is the defining word for this job: It requires a mentor who can help reporters improve their newsgathering and writing skills and take on ever-more sophisticated work.

The content coach will use metrics and audience research to guide decisions about covering topics and issues that will drive digital audience growth. A successful candidate will embrace the latest developments in video, digital technology and social media and will experiment with innovative storytelling approaches to build audience.

The job requires a problem solver who is well-organized, can work independently and exercise solid news judgment.

The News-Leader is the third-largest newspaper in Missouri. Springfield, a city of 170,000, is a regional hub for business, health care and education. A gateway to the Ozarks, it boasts a bevy of outdoor recreational opportunities.


  • Help reporters hone skills in a wide range of storytelling: from real-time digital updates to narrative storytelling to investigative reporting, employing alternative story forms and multimedia.
  • Use metrics and analytics to increase digital audience and engagement and grow digital subscriptions.
  • Be a teacher, not just an editor. After all, everyone needs a coach.
  • Be courageous about experimentation.
  • Be a team player who likes to collaborate with coworkers.
  • Serve as an ambassador to the community on the News-Leaders behalf.
  • Apply innovative, creative thinking to support the companys goals.


  • Bachelor's or masters in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5 years of experience in journalism writing, editing or management roles and demonstration of strong editing skills.
  • Solid news judgment.
  • Top-notch planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.
  • Understanding of metrics, social-media and SEO.
  • Self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Ability to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer background check.

Application Instructions:

Interested and qualified journalists / candidates, please apply here and upload your materials combined into one single document/file. In one file, submit a cover letter, resume, at least three references and links to six online samples of your work. Show us what youve written, produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do.
*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.

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Gannett Co., Inc. is 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.
Other details
  • Job Family Content Strategy & Coaching
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Salary

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