General Assignment Reporter

3+ months agoJacksonville, NC

Jacksonville, NC, USA • North Carolina, USA Req #21246

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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The Jacksonville Daily News / jdnews .com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a general assignment reporter to cover Onslow County. While this beat will cover a variety of topics, two primary focus areas will include public safety and military issues.

Th is reporter will research, write and report compelling journalism (in-depth exclusive enterprise, database journalism and storytelling of interest) that continuously grows audience by informing and engaging readers. The reporter also will act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connect with readers through social media.

For public safety, the Daily News is committed to providing public safety and crime reporting that is fair, solution-based and focused on accountability. We want to listen to, engage with and respond to those often underserved and statistically misrepresented in crime and courts coverage. And we aim to balance our crime reporting by highlighting the good news that builds and restores relationships and trust with all residents.

We value diversity and we are looking for journalists who can lift voices from sometimes-overlooked communities. Daily stories, beat coverage, profiles, enterprise, reporter visuals and high comfort with digital are all part of the job.

Onslow County has a population of 198,000 people and is found on the eastern coast of North Carolina. The county's proximity to the coast offers year-around access to beaches, and outdoor activities are plentiful. The area also offers many events for young professionals and family fun.

Jacksonville, the county seat, is home to the US Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. Onslow County also includes Holly Ridge, North Topsail Beach, Richlands, Swansboro, Hubert, Verona and Sneads Ferry.

  • Responsibilities
  • Create storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.
  • Work toward becoming the community's leading voice in area of expertise.
  • Connect with the community through storytelling.
  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
  • Work with your content coach and digital partners to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
  • Collaborate with photographers to provide all appropriate elements for stories. Capture basic photos and video as needed.
  • Promote your 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.
  • 2 years' reporting experience, which could include freelancing, internships and college publication work.
  • Strong command of AP grammar and style.
  • Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
  • Passionate about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
  • Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
  • Willingness to grow and develop a key beat in our newsroom.
  • Comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
  • Understanding of reporting ethics and sourcing.
  • Excel in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
  • Collaborate well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
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).


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Client-provided location(s): Jacksonville, NC, USA; North Carolina, USA
Job ID: utn-21246

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