Dining & Food Reporter
- Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA Req #16597
Thursday, June 17, 2021
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The Asbury Park Press (app.com), part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for a dining reporter with a big personality and great social media skills to tell stories about restaurants, food-focused retail stores and businesses, trends and people who are part of the food scene in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.
Daily emphasis will be on mobile-friendly content that is relevant and compelling to local residents and will keep our audience coming back, and the reporter will balance that with sophisticated journalism and projects that deliver rich insights.
We seek a passionate, focused and curious multi-media reporter and nimble storyteller willing to jump on trends but also engage audiences in the stories and issues behind the food brought to their tables. We will expect breaking news, deep-dive profiles, trend pieces, long-term enterprise, compelling multimedia assets and social engagement.
Most important, the reporter will be expected to build relationships with members of diverse communities to enable delivery of food and dining stories that reflect the entirety of our population.
The reporter will cultivate an engaging, active and inclusive social-media presence, and will be responsible for the tone, tenor and content mix of our branded food social-media accounts. The reporter will coordinate with our visuals team but should have basic photo, video skills, and must be comfortable appearing on video, and at personal appearances at food-related events.
The position requires strong knowledge of SEO and a thorough understanding of audience metrics. Our top candidates will be creative thinkers who can bring their own ideas for dining journalism, based on their knowledge of the market and our audience.
This is not a role for an "influencer." Our dining reporter must know how to report and write, as demonstrated by published work, in a newspaper, magazine or online site.
The food, drink and culture reporter will work at times in partnership with USA TODAY food and features reporters throughout New York and the Atlantic region and sometimes beyond.
The reporters will also collaborate with marketing and sales partners on events and other activities. Occasional weekend and evening hours are required. Must have a positive, collaborative attitude; be flexible and willing to pivot as news demands.
This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Strong writing skills and a command of grammar and style.
Experience with social media as a tool to build audience and as a source for beat development.
Experience with and interest in multimedia, including video and podcasting.
A self-starter who owns the beat yet works collaboratively with others locally and regionally to meet common goals.
A journalist committed to values of fairness, diversity, inclusion and professionalism.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience.
One to two years of experience as a reporter/writer.
Proven experience with content management systems and social media channels.
Good time management and organizational skills.
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. Please include:
Your resume - one to two pages
A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job
Links to 3-5 online samples of your work. Show us what you've written, produced, or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do.
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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