Carmel and Westfield Reporter - IndyStar
Indiana, USA ● Indianapolis, IN, USA Req #14380
Monday, March 8, 2021
Carmel and Westfield Reporter
The Indianapolis Star/IndyStar.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, has an immediate opening for a reporter to cover Carmel and Westfield, a pair of growing cities in Indianapolis' northern suburbs.
The ideal candidate for this role has several years of experience working a beat and is ready to dive into deeper work. This could include examining traffic stop data to learn how minority drivers are disproportionately ticketed, getting in the weeds on the latest city financing deal or a feature story that illuminates the character of these unique cities.
This reporter understands how to take arcane topics of city government and help people understand how it will affect them. They should also be comfortable using alternative story forms that go beyond the inverted pyramid to share the information residents need to know. A strong knowledge of using social media, especially Facebook, for sourcing is helpful.
Carmel is more than your average suburb. With a population approaching 100,000, Carmel is one of the wealthiest areas in Indiana and is extremely popular among families. While many residents commute to Indianapolis, Carmel is becoming a booming business town on its own, often competing with its big brother to the south for new business headquarters. It's home to one of the largest high schools in the country, a thriving arts scene and a mayor with big plans - that he finances with a great deal of debt.
As Carmel begins to run out of land, neighboring Westfield is looking to be the next Hamilton County boom town. With about 40,000 residents, many people who are priced out of Carmel or who don't want their children going to a 5,000-student high school turn to this smaller community. But with a huge youth sports complex and big growth on the horizon, Westfield is a town to watch in its own right.
This reporter will work closely with a reporter covering Fishers and Noblesville, also located in Hamilton County, and a reporter focused on education in Hamilton County.
The Indianapolis Star is an award-winning newsroom that emphasizes accountability journalism, sophisticated trend/enterprise coverage and urgency. It is also a newsroom filled with outstanding journalists who are good to each - eager to help, work in teams and support one another.
As such, the idea candidate will also be a team player who has a desire to share knowledge and learn from others.
We look for journalists who possess specific traits: intellectual curiosity, a sense of justice/purpose, kindness, passion and compassion.
- 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.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
- Cultivate sources and keep a pulse on the Carmel community, and potentially other Hamilton County communities as assigned.
- Produce a mix of daily, enterprise and in-depth articles.
- Ability to turn an in-depth watchdog story or a touching feature.
- Incorporate contemporary digital journalism tools in day-to-day reporting, including basic digital photo and video, social media and other web-based journalism tools.
- Learn and integrate new skills as they become relevant to our mission, in a cross-functional and highly collaborative newsroom.
- Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism, business, marketing or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- At least four years post-college working in journalism with experience covering a beat.
- Proficiency navigating business filings, court documents and public records.
- Reliably clear and compelling copy, whether with quick breaking news or in-depth investigations.
- Competence with digital journalism tools, such as social media, internet-based research and digital publishing platforms.
- Experience with data journalism techniques is a plus.
- Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
- Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
- Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
- Ability to multitask and excel under deadline pressure.
- Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
- Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
- This beat will sometimes include some evening or weekend work hours.
- 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, motor vehicle record check & urinalysis drug screen
Interested and qualified journalists, please apply here and upload your materials combined into one single document with as much of the following as possible: your updated resume, a brief cover letter, and your portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work.
**It's important that these items be combined into a single document attachment/upload (preferably in PDF format). The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive 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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