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 Sports Reporter - Stockton, California, 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: Ky4HkmTudRx77LWsTtXIkOSHGKbnuo / Latpro-3829370 
Date posted: Oct-05-2021
State, Zip: California, 95205


Req #18745

Monday, October 4, 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

The Stockton Record/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is searching for a digital-savvy reporter to cover local sports in the northern Central Valley.

This job requires someone who can handle a variety of duties, whether it be writing a high school football game story on deadline or creating a multi-media package about a star collegiate volleyball player.

Our coverage area includes more than 30 high schools, University of the Pacific, the Stockton Ports, single A-affiliate of the Oakland As; the Stockton Kings, G-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings; and the Stockton Heat, AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames.

This beat will tell stories not only about the games but the people who participate in those games, including athletes, coaches, officials, families and fans. This beat is heavily weighted toward high school sports, where we have most potential to grow audience.


  • Report quickly, clearly and accurately and deliver news via stories, video, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other methods available to reach our San Joaquin County audience.
  • Use metrics to inform story choices and shape beat strategies.
  • Identify top sports stories of the day, including in-depth features and breaking news on athletes, coaches and teams, rankings, lists, analysis and other story approaches based on analytics and audience potential.
  • Cover sports without relying on gamers take a fresh eye to the beat.
  • Cultivate a beat, knowing the ins/outs of the beat and its key players. Take a genuine interest in people and demonstrate the ability to build trust.
  • Equally adept at writing breaking news stories, enterprise and trending stories and traditional long form features.
  • Write and/or produce multimedia content that appeals to key audience targets and maximizes user experience on digital and social platforms to reach readers where they spend their time and attention.
  • Provide cogent analysis of trends and issues in high school and other sports.
  • Work closely with graphic, photo and video teams to optimize and produce content.
  • Be comfortable hosting videos, Facebook Live appearances, and podcasts.
  • Engage with readers through various social media platforms.
  • Demonstrate strong news judgment informed by real-world experience.
  • Write quick-hit enterprise and trend stories on high-interest sports topics.


  • Bachelor's or masters in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prefer two years reporting/newsroom 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.
  • A desire to grow and develop a sports beat.
  • 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.
  • 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., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. As such, we will consider all qualified applicants for employment and do not discriminate in connection with employment decisions on the basis of an applicant or employees race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, personal appearance (including height and weight), sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy status (including childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), education, genetic characteristics or information, political affiliation, military or veteran status or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state and local laws in the jurisdictions where Gannett employs employees. In addition, Gannett Co., Inc. will provide applicants who require a reasonable accommodation, as a result of an applicants disability or religion, to complete this employment application and/or any other process in connection with an individuals application for employment with Gannett Co., Inc. Applicants who require such accommodation should contact Gannett Co., Inc.s Recruitment Department at
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  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience

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