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 Missouri Politics Reporter - Gannett, Virginia, United States

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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: b393QFnAMuhkZLa3mfyFEinmqyH6Vj / Latpro-3786802 
Date posted: Apr-20-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22107


Req #15323

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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The Springfield News-Leader is seeking an inquisitive and determined reporter to provide watchdog coverage of the state capitol and clear-eyed analysis of Missouri politics for readers in the Show-Me State and beyond.

An ideal candidate is someone with a passion for politics municipal to presidential who pursues enterprise stories that address local concerns rather than localizing news coming out of the statehouse. Were not looking for a transcriptionist to record turn-of-the-screw coverage of committee hearings, but rather an informed observer who will investigate the broader implications and motivations of legislative action and explain the significance to readers.

Development of a wide and varied stable of sources both in and out of politics is critical, as is the ability to identify trending questions and chase the most compelling political stories in Missouri.

In addition to coverage of the state legislature and executive offices, this reporter will cover high-interest news about Missouris congressional delegation and coordinate with USA Today Network partners around the state and region.
Much of this reporters work will be in Jefferson City;
home location is flexible, but must be within convenient distance to cover the legislative session. Occasional travel to Springfield will be required.

The News-Leader is the third-largest newspaper in Missouri, with network partners that include the Columbia Daily Tribune, Independence Examiner and the Lake Sun Leader covering the Lake of the Ozarks.


  • Provide must-read coverage of state and national politics that breaks news and keeps audience needs at the forefront.
  • Coordinate with reporters and editors in Springfield and other Missouri properties to develop story ideas and tailor coverage to local audiences.
  • Be courageous about experimentation. Identify enterprise opportunities and chase them with passion.
  • Leverage diverse tools, text, images and video to reach readers in print, digital and on social media.
  • Use metrics and analytics to increase digital audience and engagement and grow digital subscriptions.
  • Serve as an ambassador to the public on the News-Leaders behalf and actively seek to engage with marginalized portions of the community.
  • Pitch in with stories on other topics and perform other duties as necessary.
  • On occasion, work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, at times unexpectedly. News happens.


  • Bachelor's or masters degree in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A strong foundation in core writing and reporting skills and familiarity with public records.
  • Enthusiasm for deep research and artful storytelling.
  • Solid news judgment and a commitment to accuracy.
  • Top-notch planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Communication, communication, communication.
  • 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.
  • A valid drivers license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • 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 5-10 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.

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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