Breaking News & Topics Reporter
- Saint George, UT
St. George, UT, USA Req #11522
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Breaking News & Topics Reporter
The Spectrum & Daily News/ thespectrum.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a reporter to cover breaking news and trends, with an emphasis on coverage of healthcare and COVID-19.
As the breaking news reporter, this person would cover a variety of subjects, focusing on breaking and trending topics as they develop, from public safety issues to community controversies to popular events. In 2020, that means paying close attention to trends and issues related to the pandemic, although the position could change over time to reflect community news and interests as they evolve.
This is an exciting opportunity to participate in critical journalism that will tell the most pressing stories of our communities with a special focus on the pandemic and its impacts.
St. George is a fast-growing community of 80,000 in the southwestern corner of the state, two hours from Las Vegas, with a vibrant arts scene and many popular outdoor recreation destinations. There are two higher education institutions in the area, Southern Utah University and Dixie State University, and the Intermountain Healthcare hospital in St. George serves as the largest medical facility between Vegas and Provo, serving residents from more than a dozen counties across much of rural southern Utah.
- Research, report, write, and produce multimedia spot and feature stories for The Spectrum's print and digital platforms, at a rate that meets newsroom productivity goals.
- Generate and pitch creative, thoughtful and original story ideas with an emphasis on multimedia.
- Execute assignments from newsroom managers.
- Take still photos and video in the field.
- Use social media to break news, engage audiences and expand one's source base.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Some experience is preferred, but recent journalism graduates with excellent writing, photography, video and digital skills are welcome to apply.
- Strong command of AP grammar and style.
- Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
- Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
- A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsrooms.
- Willingness to take on assignments that require trips out of the office and into southern Utah's red-rock canyon country.
- Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
- Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
- Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
- Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
- Ability to travel throughout the region and work flexible hours as necessary.
- 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 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. If your work is kept behind a paywall, please provide a PDF format document instead.
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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