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 Sports 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: tOvCB8JmceC1yIJWDWL94D2A7z17nR / Latpro-3786797 
Date posted: Apr-20-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22107


Req #15289

Monday, April 19, 2021

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services.

Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 46 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns the digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, Inc., UpCurve, Inc., and WordStream, Inc., which are marketed under the LOCALiQ brand, and runs the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures.

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Sports Reporter (full-time)

The Tallahassee Democrat, a member of The USA Today Florida Sports Network, seeks an experienced and driven reporter who is energized by the opportunity to lead our Leon County prep sports coverage.

The right candidate will be someone who can build sources, break news and tell compelling stories from the areas high schools, regularly producing high school player of the week lists, all-area teams and coverage of district, regional and state championships.

This position requires someone who thinks digital first. Multimedia skills, including the ability to produce and edit video and engage audience on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram, and produce podcasts, is a must. The candidate must be comfortable analyzing and interpreting metrics to help make coverage decisions.

The right candidate will work closely with the Democrat news team and also collaborate with reporters in Gannetts other 15 Florida markets to enhance local content but also content for the Florida network.

Key attributes for success:

Be the source of sports information in Leon County.

The ability to report and write compelling stories that serve our existing audience and helps attract new consumers

Passionate about getting the information to the audience first, and excited about using all the various platforms to connect with audience including videos, social media and podcasting.

Self-starter with the ability to develop relationships through phone calls, text messaging and social media.

Understanding the collaborative nature of journalism and willing and eager to work with others to benefit our regional and statewide coverage and its audience.


Experience writing or editing at a newspaper or website.

Bachelor's or masters degree in communications, journalism or related field.
Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
Highly organized and detail-oriented with a proven ability to effectively juggle multiple tasks.

Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style. Ability to work nights and weekends.
Comfort building a beat and communicating with athletes and coaches.

This role requires a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.

We are looking to move rapidly to fill this role.

**Application Instructions:

When applying, please include a single document, with all your materials combined - resume,a cover letter including anecdotal examples of your work and how you would approach this role,work samples, portfolio links, etc.

The application only allows one document upload, so please provide your materials as a single attachment. Completing 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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