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Trending and breaking news reporter

Lancaster, OH

The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, part of the USA TODAY Network, is seeking a tenacious, self-starting, digitally savvy journalist to be our trending news and breaking news reporter, identifying, verifying and curating news of what residents are talking and asking about in and around Fairfield County, Ohio.

The reporter will spot rising trending topics in the Lancaster area each morning and quickly create high-interest stories to reach new audiences and encourage loyal readers to subscribe. The beat will be most active in the mornings when online audiences are most engaged.

This reporter will pursue news, weather, politics, business and entertainment articles and videos, as well as features, about topics already trending online or based on online conversations. Quick, tight, lively writing is a must. This reporter is also expected to have the range to handle breaking news coverage, including public safety news, and quick-turn enterprise. At times, this reporter will be tasked with reporting deeper enterprise articles on the topics important to subscribers.

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It is a high-volume beat, responsible for one to three short posts most days while balancing some ongoing longer-range stories. Doing the job well requires more than curation. This reporter is expected to add smart context and do some original reporting - answering the questions on readers' minds in a clear, concise and compelling way.

The reporter will work at times in partnership with USA TODAY Network reporters throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and elsewhere.

Fairfield County is 30 minutes south of Columbus and is home to the annual Lancaster Festival - a multi-day celebration of music and the arts - a revitalized downtown area in Lancaster, and a growing area around the city of Pickerington.


  • Strong writing skills and a command of grammar, ethics and AP style.
  • Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, sometimes stressful situations.
  • Eager to capitalize on live, breaking and trending moments by creating quick-turn content for social media and other digital platforms
  • Experience with social media, including Instagram Stories, as a tool to build audience and as a source for beat development.
  • Experience with and interest in multimedia, including video and audio.
  • A self-starter who owns the beat yet works collaboratively with others locally and regionally to meet common goals.
  • A journalist committed to values of fairness, diversity, inclusion and professionalism.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • At least two years of applicable experience as a reporter/writer.
  • Experience with content management systems and social media channels.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills.
  • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and a motor vehicle record check and drug screen (for driving roles only)

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don't limit your upload to a resume; show us what you've done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  • Your resume - one to two pages.
  • A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  • Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you've produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.



Client-provided location(s): Lancaster, OH 43130, USA
Job ID: utn-67280
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • HSA
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Financial Counseling
    • 401(K)
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program