IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network, is seeking a trending reporter who can identify and report on the news that people are talking about now no matter what beat it falls on, from politics to a viral social media rumor to a hot concert announcement. This reporter has the urgency to get news out while people are still talking about it, but also the skill to bring strong reporting and context.
This reporter should have strong digital skills, including using social media, Google Trends and other tools to find our what regular Hoosiers are talking about. In addition to digital prowess, the right candidate will have a strong set of reporting skills, willing to quickly learn and jump into areas they might not have covered before. They take pride in explaining a complex world in simple terms. He or she must be deeply curious, as they would report on topics across the newsroom, including but not limited to crime, politics, business, science and more.
This reporter should excel at breaking down complex subjects into scannable stories that are easily read by busy people on the go, but also be ready to dive deep with human interest stories or other longer form content.
Bachelors degree in journalism or equivalent
At least two years of experience in journalism preferred, including strong writing and general reporting skills
Digital-first mindset, including familiarity with social media and digital tools
Willingness to tell stories in novel ways and use new techniques to get readers interested in a story they might not know they want to read
Ability to multi-task and work with various reporters and editors across the newsroom to get the story done
Drive to get stories online in a timely fashion, without sacrificing quality
Deep curiosity about the world and a need to always ask one more question
This job may require some nights and weekends.
Interested and qualified candidates, please apply here and upload your materials combined into one single document with as much of the following as possible: your updated resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the position, and your portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. **It's important that these items 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.
Here's what we have to offer:
We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, 401(k), employee discount program and domestic partner benefits.