Stories begin with a problem or with data, but they center on people and ultimately point to solutions for a person, a community or a society.
The Anderson Independent Mail is seeking a reporter who knows how to seek out the data and the people that point to the problems in our community that need to be solved and to write about the successes our community and its people are celebrating.
Anderson is a growing and changing city about 30 miles from Greenville that anchors the metropolitan area of more than 1 million people. While the city of Anderson is growing and maintains an independent spirit, parts of Anderson County are on the verge of becoming Greenville suburbs. The entire region is grappling with what growth and change means to its diverse population, and many in the community are wondering if and how they will share in Upstate South Carolinas prosperity.
There are stories to tell about how a small city can create equity for the 31 percent of its residents who are Black, and a growing population of Spanish-speaking residents, and how it can help those who live on the Alphabet Streets and other impoverished areas of the city move forward.
This reporter needs to can become deeply knowledgeable about the community and build a deep network of sources across income and ethnic groups. They need to get to know real people and their struggles and victories, and then tell compelling stories about how people, government and other agencies are working to overcome challenges, whether they be by economic, social, education or other issues.
There are also stories to tell about economic success. A small city that continues to grow, in part thanks to nearby urban centers that have propelled regional growth and in part due to coordinated leadership that has drawn major employers to the city and county. But is everyone sharing in that success? We want to write about that, too.
We also are looking for a reporter who can hold government accountable, someone whos comfortable digging through documents and data to find stories where government is falling short of its mission to serve all people. Equity is an important issue in America today, and its important in small cities , too. Especially small cities, such as Anderson, that have big aspirations.
Create storytelling that engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of analytics.
Build a strong base of sources in diverse communities to drive storytelling that is better than anyone else in Anderson County.
Connect with our communities through outreach and vibrant storytelling.
Understand and explain local issues and how they impact people in the community.
Use digital analytics to understand what stories resonate with the community and why, and then use that information to guide reporting in a way that meets the needs and expectation of our audiences.
Collaborate with the content team across the newsrooms in Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg to provide appropriate elements for all stories.
Use available resources to provide additional assets such as photo, video and infographics to augment stories.
Some reporting experience preferred, but an enterprising, aggressive and independent college graduate could succeed in this role.
The ability to work independently and on deadline.
Work samples that demonstrate compelling, solutions-driven journalism.
Effective communication skills, including a proven ability to develop source networks outside of the halls of government.
Ability to shoot basic photos and videos using tools such as an iPhone and iMovie.
Strong news judgment.
Knowledge of grammar and AP style.
Ability to produce clean copy that is ready for publication when its filed.
Passion and enthusiasm about community, journalism and people.
Ability to work night and weekend shifts.
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, dont just upload a resume. Tell us why youre best candidate for this job and show us what youve done. Please include:
2.A cover letter that outlines how you will approach this job.
3.Links top 3-6 samples of your work that best reflect your approach to the job and what you can do.