Food and Culture Storyteller
Nashville, TN, USA • Tennessee, USA Req #17209
Friday, July 9, 2021
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Food and Culture Storyteller
The South Region of the USA TODAY Network and its specialized content vertical, The American South , seeks a food, dining and cultural reporter to serve as editor of Southern Kitchen, a niche website focusing on Southern cuisine, recipes and food culture. This is not a traditional food or dining position. The focus is on Southern culture centered around what brings people together in the South: food. Storytelling is a central aspect of Southern culture.
The Editor of Southern Kitchen should have a proven track record of producing food and lifestyle content as a multimedia journalist. The editor will develop and write food stories that go beyond the basics of a restaurant profile or recipe vignette to emphasize storytelling and what makes Southern cuisine and the culture around it special. This editor will offer insightful takes in a curated weekly newsletter, collaborate with food reporters across the South on special projects, and help to shape and direct social media content for the site. Digital expertise, especially around full-funnel audience science and subscription strategy, and the ability to collaborate with producers are a must. A commitment to develop and sustain audience engagement is also considered key.
This position reports to the editor overseeing The American South. Responsibilities include:
• Write feature-length, food-focused stories
• Help establish editorial agenda and pitch stories to pursue
• Develop/curate creative, fun and engaging cooking content ideas for social media engagement
• Coordinate photos related to food stories (including sourcing)
• Curate Southern Kitchen newsletter
• Work with food writers across South region on special projects
As a member of The American South team, this writer's work will regularly publish throughout the USA TODAY Network in the South and often in USA TODAY itself. This writer can also expect to be tapped for other reporting projects and assignments as needed.
This position is based in Nashville, although other Southern locales may be considered for the right candidate.
• Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• 1-3 years' reporting/newsroom experience.
• 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 role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
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. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
- 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. Show us what you've produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.
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