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 Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter - Springfield, Illinois, 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: wUe50W48CAQgez691vlUatNPoPoVdq / Latpro-3839233 
Date posted: Nov-08-2021
State, Zip: Illinois, 62711


Req #19536

Sunday, November 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 State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, is seeking a reporter to cover culture, diversity and inclusion trends across central Illinois. The successful candidate will be storyteller who has the proven ability to spot trends, engage with audiences on social media and develop sources that lead to insightful and meaningful stories.The reporter will be expected to immerse themselves into the community to build sources and discover and champion the untold stories.

As the Illinois state capital and lifestyle hub of central Illinois, Springfield is a mix of urban, suburban and rural communities with stories of equality, race, religion, age, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. We are seeking someone who can bring those stories to life with depth and sophistication. Culturally, the reporter also will keep tabs on and report about happenings that bring together community. The reporter will be expected to write quick-turnaround stories, lists, signature enterprise pieces and profiles. The ideal candidate will be comfortable pursuing big stories on their own but also eager to collaborate and communicate with SJ-R colleagues and Gannetts USA TODAY Network, which includes many news organizations in Illinois.

A background that exhibits strong writing and storytelling skills is a plus; a deep curiosity about people and trends is a must. This reporter also must demonstrate a commitment to fair and accurate reporting.

Other responsibilities:

  • He or she will identify, produce and post stories, photos and video quickly and accurately across mobile, desktop and social media platforms.

  • Research, report and produce compelling content that informs and engages a diverse audience.

  • Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.

  • Produce content in alternative forms (listicles, Q&As, narratives, photo galleries, video that are tailored to the right platform (mobile, desktop, social media) to best reach the audience.

  • Use metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest.


  • Bachelor's or masters in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • At least two years of professional journalism experience.

  • Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.

  • Strong command of AP grammar and have 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.

  • 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.


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
Other details
  • Job Family GateHouse Media
  • Pay Type Hourly

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