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 Sports Reporter/Jackson State Football - Gannett, Virginia, 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: rfJH12byqSfL2rVy22KNFOlQ9IsPpi / Latpro-3830053 
Date posted: Oct-08-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22107


Req #18938

Thursday, October 7, 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 Mississippi Clarion Ledger is seeking an energetic and experienced sports reporter to cover Jackson State football and be a leader in driving conversation of HBCU athletics around the region.

This reporter, based in Jackson Mississippi, will lead coverage ofJSU and coach Deion Sanders on and off the field and play a vital role within a dynamic sports news-gathering operation. The ability to attract new subscribers with breaking news, insider analysis and consistent enterprise is mandatory. Frequent appearances on camera also is part of this role.
We are looking for someone who is digitally savvy, can develop the sourcing to make our coverage better and wants to be part of a winning team, dedicated to producing sports content with impact, excitement and information. Content will primarily appear in print and digital in Mississippi as part of the USA TODAY NETWORK South Region, in addition to USA TODAY.


Fundamental understanding of how to grow subscriptions through topics, timeliness and storytelling.

Commitment to becoming the leading voice in area of expertise.

Connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, podcasts, etc.) Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.

Works with region sports director and deputy region sports directors to evaluate what's working use metrics to develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.

Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics).
Captures basic photos and video as needed.

Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.

Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.


Bachelor's or masters degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.

College or other high-level sports beat experience preferred; strong digital skills required.

Ability to develop strong sourcing and produce content that takes advantage of all formats available to us, including social media, mobile, desktop, video, television and print.

Proficiency on social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.

Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.

Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.

Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.

Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.

Ability to work some nights and weekends.

Comfort building a beat and communicating with athletes and coaches.

This role requires a valid drivers license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.

Pre-employment background check and urinalysis drug screen required.

Application Instructions:
Interested and qualified candidates, please apply with your materials combined into one single document with as much of the following as possible: your updated resume, brief cover letter, a few examples of your portfolio/work samples/clips/links, etc.).
**Your materials must 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., 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

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