Barnstable County, MA, USA • Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA • Hyannis Port, Barnstable, MA, USA • Hyannis, Barnstable, MA 02601, USA • Hyannis, NE, USA • Massachusetts, USA • New England, USA Req #21079
Monday, May 2, 2022
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The Cape Cod Times/ capecodtimes.com , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for an experienced environment/climate change reporter to join our team to cover what has become the story of the century. Land temperatures in Massachusetts are rising faster than any other place on the planet and the ocean off Cape Cod and New England is heating faster than anywhere in the world. If you are interested in covering the environmental effects of climate change this is where you want to be. Cape Cod is home to or near some of the most prestigious scientific institutions and universities where scientists are working on cutting-edge research to better understand climate change and how it affects the environment. The climate change reporter will cover and write about all aspects of climate change and its effects on the environment, economy, quality of life and trends. This beat calls for a storyteller who writes about how the lives of Cape and Islands residents and communities are affected by climate change. Our goal is to foster an understanding of the complexities of climate change in order to empower readers. This beat also includes green energy and, specifically, the burgeoning offshore wind industry. Construction of the nation's first utility-scale wind farm is underway off Cape Cod.
The USA Today Network has a climate change team as does Gannett's New England region. Stories produced by the Times environmental/climate change reporter and the N.E. team often appear in other network publications across the nation and in USA Today.
The Times values solutions journalism and accountability and infuses our reporting with those elements to provide our readers with the critical information they can use when making decisions about their lives on Cape Cod and the Islands.
- 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.
- Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.
- Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Explores and reports on the widest range of news and trends, connecting with our audience's passion.
- Content strategies include print, branded digital platforms, traditional and emerging social media, events, apps and curation of contributed and expert content.
- Places a high priority on data analysis to identify trends that would otherwise go unreported.
- Demonstrates clear concise writing skills with strong nut graphs and "why this is important to me" content.
- Requires outstanding research skills and extensive contacts that can break news.
- Requires the ability to create trust within their niche community. The primary channel will be our digital products first, but the content will also make its way into printed publications.
- Identifies, cultivates and curates contributed, authoritative content and reporting that expands the footprint of the beat.
- Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum of 5 or more years' environmental reporting/newsroom experience.
- 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 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.
- Must be willing to travel on short notice, to cover breaking news events.
- Work weekends and nights when there is major breaking news.
- 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).
- 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 or online portfolio. Show us what you've produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
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