The Daily Independent, part of theUSA TODAY NETWORK,is seeking a general assignment reporter in Ridgecrest. You will focus on gathering, writing and presenting news and information to a variety of audiences, with a strong emphasis on the digital platform.
Youll be responsible for beat development, reporting, research and all aspects of writing stories. Experience in news photography and writing are also beneficial to this position.
Given the networking capabilities with other Gannett papers in California and the West, this role has the potential to reach a national audience.
Create content (articles, videos, photos and social media posts) about local news that accurately informs, entertains and engages key audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.
Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
Work toward becoming the communitys leading voice for news and issues in Fort Smith.
Plan and execute engagement opportunities to reach audiences through content, community events and social media.
Work with editor to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
Collaborate with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics).
Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
Perform other duties as necessary.
Bachelor's or masters degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
2 years reporting experience, which could include freelancing, internships and college publication work.
Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
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.
Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsroom.
Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to enhance reporting and promote stories.
Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.
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.