Breaking News Reporter
- Eugene, OR
Eugene, OR, USA Req #12894
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Breaking News Reporter
The Register-Guard/ registerguard.com , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK,has an opening for a digital-first Breaking News Reporter to find and report on breaking news in Lane County, Oregon.
The Register-Guard's breaking news reporter covers crime, emergencies, community announcements, weather events and other spot news in Lane County, with a focus on the greater Eugene-Springfield metro area.
The reporter will have opportunities for court coverage and mid-level to in-depth enterprise. This reporter must be adept at taking photos and video as an important part of their storytelling, and filing quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media. They are comfortable using social media to cover stories in real time, including reporting on camera, such as Facebook Live. The position demands accuracy, strong news judgment, urgency, and the ability to put information into context.
This reporter needs to be able to easily approach and interview community members and officials from all walks of life in all types of situations. They will be expected to aggressively seek out stories that are of interest to our audiences, and interact with them in the reporting process, through social media and other means. They should have a genuine curiosity about finding answers about things our readers wonder, worry and question.
Located in the Willamette Valley, Eugene sits about an hour from the beautiful, rugged Oregon Coast. Head north on Interstate 5 to reach Salem, the state capital, in under an hour or Portland in two hours. The Eugene Airport is only 10 minutes from downtown, and Amtrak rolls right into the city center.
Eugene is a robust and vibrant college town with several institutions of higher learning, including the University of Oregon. Known as Track Town USA, it's an outdoors-minded community with miles of urban forested trails for hiking and running.
As a culinary destination, Eugene offers an abundance of locally grown, raised and produced food and beverage products. Together with neighboring Springfield, the city of Eugene provides a quality of life affirmed and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
- Ability to report quickly, clearly and accurately to deliver news, via stories, video, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other methods available to reach our audiences.
- Jump on breaking news. Research, write, report, photograph and/or video a variety of stories.
- Demonstrate fast news judgement on an ongoing basis.
- Source development is key to cultivating contacts among first responders, police, judges and court staff. Have a genuine interest in people and ability to build trust and engages on social media with sources and audiences.
- Experiment with new ways of informing and engaging audiences on social platforms and alternate story forms.
- Monitor real-time news and sniff out the most important and fascinating stories important to our audiences in addition to pursue enterprise/investigative work to uncover stories that no one else is reporting.
- Use metrics to inform story choices and identifies top news stories of the day, based on analytics and audience potential.
- Writes and/or produces multimedia content that appeals to key audience targets and maximizes user experience on digital and social platforms to reach readers where they spend their time and attention.
- Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum of 2 years' previous reporting/newsroom experience.
- Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
- Adept at taking photos and video to file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media. Understands fast-paced news environment and our digital-first mission.
- Strong copy-editing skills, command of AP grammar and style, and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
- Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
- Successful at collaborating and working well with others and working with a team on stories.
- Comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting (both on camera and behind) and promote stories.
- Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
- Able to work occasional late nights as needed by the news cycle.
- 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 & 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.
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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