City Watchdog Reporter

The Arizona Republic, part of the USA Today Network, seeks a watchdog reporter to cover a large city in the metro Phoenix area. The reporter will be responsible for 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 must consistently gain/build trust with sources and demonstrate a keen eye for important details found in local government agendas, budgets and other public records. The reporter instinctively seeks documentation and data yet understands that the best stories are about people.

The reporter must think critically and creatively and write with clarity and impact on complex issues. Priorities include breaking important news and developing news content that engages our targeted key audiences. The position also calls for creating storytelling on all platforms that accurately informs, entertains and engages. The reporter will connect with the community through outreach

(social media, on camera, forums and community leadership), promote his or her personal brand and the brands of colleagues, as well as the institutional brand. The reporter will work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and always demonstrate an awareness of and adherence to the highest journalistic ethical standards.

Because of the unpredictability of breaking news, the reporter must be flexible in scheduling.

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