General Assignment Reporter

1 week agoGreenville, SC

Anderson, SC, USA • Greenville, SC, USA • South Carolina, USA Req #19695

Friday, November 12, 2021

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The Greenville News, part of the USA TODAY Network, is seeking a reporter to find and write the most interesting stories in Anderson, South Carolina.

We are looking for a reporter who will hold public officials accountable, help our audience understand their community better and give readers the power to make informed decisions. Above all, we want someone who is committed to community journalism and knows a good story when they see it.

This reporter will be expected to cover people and issues, not meetings. You will need to think critically and creatively and write with clarity and impact. This position requires a reporter who understands how growth affects a community and how to connect with people so they can better understand the issues most important to the people of Anderson.

Anderson is a small town about 30 minutes from Greenville with a diverse population. It is facing some of the problems that bigger cities deal with while it fights for its identity in the shadow of Greenville in a region that is growing much faster than the rest of the country.

Doing this job effectively will require spending a lot of time in Anderson and getting to know the people and places that make up that community. You'll also need skills at building relationships, finding public information and telling engaging stories that drive audience growth.


• Create storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.

• Become the leading voice on the Golden Strip.

• Connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.)

• Provide thoughtful analysis of local issues.

• Work with our audience development editor to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.

• Collaborate with content teams across the region to provide all appropriate elements for stories (, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.

• Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.

• Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.


• Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• A year of reporting experience preferred, but we'll consider a recent graduate with all the right tools.

• Work samples that demonstrate storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.

• Proven experience producing accurate reports under deadline pressure, in a style that resonates with mobile and social audiences.

• Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities.

• Ability to shoot basic photos and videos in a breaking news situation

• Strong news judgement and ability to multitask

• 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 passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.

• 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 able to work occasional night and weekend shifts.

• 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 drug screen (for all driving roles only).

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:

1. Your resume - one to two pages.

2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.

3. 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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Job ID: utn-19695