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 County Government Reporter - Gastonia, North Carolina, 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: hapmQw8rBfNw6FvotuQxCswtxIgs80 / Latpro-3787866 
Date posted: Apr-25-2021
State, Zip: North Carolina, 28052


Req #15414

Saturday, April 24, 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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County Government Reporter

The Gaston Gazette/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, seeks a watchdog/lead reporter to cover county government and general assignment reporting.

This is a highly competitive, fast-paced beat that touches on issues important to all living in the area, including government accountability, equity, economic development, and sense of place. The reporter in this role cant get caught in the flood of information; the winning candidate will be responsible for coverage that holds public officials accountable and helps readers make informed decisions about their communities. The reporter instinctively seeks data and documentation yet understands that the best stories are about people.

The winning candidate must be able to develop professional contacts to obtain news information and demonstrate a keen eye for important details found in government agendas, budgets, and other public records. That means consistently digging below the surface, with persistence. The reporter must be attuned to political trends, alliances and influence in polarizing times and write with uncommon skill.

The reporters work must spark conversations and action on important issues for the people of Gaston County. The winning candidate should be comfortable in working collaboratively and effectively in a team environment, while always adhering to the highest journalistic ethical standards.


  • Uses source development, data and document reporting and strategic thinking to identify key issues.
  • Offers independent, innovative thinking in shaping coverage of those issues.
  • Follows disciplined approach to deliver high-impact work on multiple platforms.
  • Uses metrics to gauge audience interests and works to develop coverage plans to better satisfy audience needs.
  • Places a priority on data analysis to identify trends that would otherwise go unreported.
  • Demonstrates clear concise writing skills with strong nut graphs and why this is important to me content.
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
  • Develops trusted reputation in niche coverage area.


  • Bachelor's or masters degree in communications, journalism, or related field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of two years of reporting experience.
  • Strong command of AP grammar and style.
  • Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
  • Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
  • Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
  • Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
  • Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
  • Works weekends and nights as needed.
  • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
  • 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).

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.


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.

Other details
  • Job Family News
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience

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