Reporter, Autos-Team Lead

Reporter, Autos-Team Lead, Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a veteran automobile industry reporter/editor to cover one of the Detroit Three auto companies and to also lead and supervise the Free Press team of autos reporters — directing deep, enterprising coverage of this most-important Detroit-area industry. The successful candidate would have deep knowledge of the industry and ideally has been an editor in the past. The beat requires outside-the-box thinking on story presentation and a deep well of enterprise ideas.

The health of the automobile industry is key to the economic well-being of Detroit and Michigan. The Detroit area is host to arguably the most important auto show in North America. The successful candidate would be able to write and execute detailed budgets for this event and others and help reporters mien their beats for stories and characters that resonate with readers, translate across multiple platforms and engage new and existing digital audiences.


Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics. Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.

Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.).

Works with content strategist and consumer experience director to evaluate what’s working and what’s not, and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.

Collaborates with content teams to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics).

Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the Free Press brand.

Coaches and mentors less-experienced journalists.

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


Ability to produce top-notch watchdog journalism.

Exceptional cross-platform and longform 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 audiences 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 efficiently in a 24-hour news environment.

Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment.

Applies innovative, creative thinking to support Free Press goals.

Writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.

Command of media law and Principles of Ethical Conduct.

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