Breaking News Reporter

Chillicothe Gazette Media, a part of USA TODAY Network, have a great opportunity for a Breaking News Reporter to join our newsroom.

In this role you…

  • - Are a curious, assertive and energetic journalist who reports on breaking news and keeps a watchful eye on those charged with keeping the city and surrounding counties safe.
  • - Report on what people are interested in/talking about right now across all topics.
  • - Break news for digital audiences and are the primary on-scene reporter to cover stories as they develop. The ability to report quickly and accurately from the field is essential.
  • - Have solid news judgment and the ability to think quickly and respond appropriately in high-pressure situations.
  • - Are able to shoot smart-phone photo and video.
  • - Grow your digital audience by producing reliable reports, frequent updates and exclusive details.
  • - Connect with your audience – through social media, in your writing and on camera.
  • - Perform basic production work, including social media management, as needed.
  • - Listen to police scanners, make calls and scan social media to break news to our audience on what matters most: traffic, weather and crime.
  • - Are competitive; you rarely get beat.
  • - Work with a producer to ensure that we break news to users: by push alerts, email alerts and proper play on the home screen and homepage.

Education:

  • - Bachelor’s in Communications, Journalism or equivalent in experience and education.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • - Ability to produce top-notch watchdog journalism.
  • - Exceptional cross-platform storytelling skills
  • - Exceptional core journalism skills (reporting, producing, editing).
  • - Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our customers’ time and money.
  • - Self-motivation and self-direction.
  • - Advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage fan base on digital platforms in the public space.
  • - Photo and video skills.
  • - Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities.
  • - Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • - Knows how to use time effectively in a 24-hour news environment.
  • - Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment.
  • - Must embrace peer-to-peer feedback and training.
  • - Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company’s goals.
  • - Writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.
  • - Industry knowledge.
  • - Organizational skills.
  • - Command of media law and Principles of Ethical Conduct.

Typical hours: Ranges from extremely morning early to late night; weekend shifts. News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.

What we offer: As a part of the USA TODAY Network, we offer a dynamic, community-focused environment where individuals are rewarded for exceptional performance. We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including health care, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending account, 401(k), paid vacation time, personal and sick leave, and tuition reimbursement. Pre-employment drug testing and background screening are required.

Please include/send resume and clips when applying.

USA TODAY Network is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

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