The Sheboygan Press, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a Watchdog Reporter.
The reporter is responsible for local government and public safety coverage that holds public officials accountable and helps readers make informed decisions about their community, from the spending of their tax dollars to the safety of their neighborhood. The watchdog reporter has a keen eye for important details found in agendas, court files and budgets while understanding that the best stories are about people.
This reporter also will monitor county government and the court system, the Sheboygan police department and Sheboygan County Sheriff’s office and focus on big-picture stories. 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. Because of night meeting coverage, and the unpredictability of major court cases and breaking news, the reporter must be flexible in scheduling.
Specifically, 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.
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