The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a Community Engagement Reporter.

The Community Engagement Reporter, in coordination with the Editor, primarily plans and creates features content for the Thursday entertainment section and the Sunday lifestyles section. This position also serves as the primary crime reporter and develops and maintains a strong working relationship with area law enforcement. Other breaking news, features and general assignment responsibilities are also expected of this position as scheduling permits.

We closely monitor analytics to produce stories that help readers understand what’s working and not working in their community. Stories may come from neighboring townships and other jurisdictions as warranted. Particular focus will be on producing content of interest for targeted audiences and finding new ways to engage readers through social media, video, and mobile and tablet platforms. The reporter must be flexible in scheduling and be ready to respond to breaking news.

This position entails creating storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages our audiences. The reporter will connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums and community leadership) and will provide thoughtful analysis on complex issues, promote their personal brand and the brands of their colleagues, as well as, the institutional brand.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field or equivalent in experience and education, and experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.

Candidates must have the ability to produce top-notch watchdog journalism, exceptional cross-platform storytelling skills, a deep understanding and curiosity about competition for our customer’s time and money, and have advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage audiences on digital platforms. Also, candidates must be self-motivated and self-directed with exceptional core journalism skills.

Candidates must have the ability to work with diverse personalities, embrace peer-to-peer feedback and training, and be innovative and creative while working in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment.

Outstanding writing, spelling, grammar and knowledge of AP Style is a must, along with a command of media law and principles of ethical conduct. In addition, candidates must have proficiency in the MS Office suite, CMS publishing skills and an understanding of and ability with photo and videography, storytelling techniques on multiple platforms and the use of metrics. Creativity is essential.

We are proud of our creative and dedicated team, and invite you to become a part of the nation’s most forward-thinking media company.

We offer career growth opportunities and a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and contributions you make, up to the first 5% eligible for a 100% Company match!


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Gannett Co., Inc. 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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