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The Desert Sun and the USA TODAY NETWORK seek an experienced reporter for in-depth reporting on the environment and natural resources in the Coachella Valley, Southern California and the West. This reporter will tackle projects of national importance and regional scope. Past work unearthed expired permits of big companies piping water from a national forest, won awards for an innovative virtual reality project aboutthe environmental crisis at the Salton Sea, and reported on the urban vs rural battle over the Colorado River.
The ideal candidate demonstrates professional accomplishments in these areas: Aggressive reporting both through research and in the field, with ability to examine, synthesize and explain complicated topics in accessible ways. This reporting can expand to both explanatory and investigative work. Long-range project work that shows an ability to examine large subjects over long periods of time, condensing and organizing information in ways that engage audiences and reveal new ideas. Projects should include news writing and narrative writing, new technologies and on new platforms. This can include work with data visualization, video, standalone audio, virtual or augmented reality or content specifically oriented to social media.
Requirements: At least 5-10 years of journalism experience, ideally with coverage of multiple areas. Strong familiarity with environmental issues, ideally with familiarity in Western issues including water law and water rights, public lands and federal landownership, native species of the West and other issues. Strong command of AP writing, spelling, grammar and style. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Experience performing a wide variety of tasks under the pressure of deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required.
The Desert Sun has a legacy of strong environmental reporting, and the Southern California desert community is a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park.
The Desert Sun has been recognized five of the past seven years as the top newsroom of its size in California, and has taken home awards from CNPA, APME, Gannett, Online News Association, National Headliner Awards, Society of American Business Editors and Writers, PPAGLA, Best of the West, Knight-Risser, Overseas Press Club, PPAGLA, Edward R. Murrow, the Emmys. Its journalists were members of the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.
The Desert Sun is two hours from Los Angeles and two hours from San Diego. The Coachella Valley is a prime destination for investment in solar, wind and geothermal energy and is home to the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach, Modernism Week, BNP Paribas tennis tournament and LPGA and PGA tour events.
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