USA TODAY NETWORK

Government & Public Policy Reporter

1 week agoAbilene, TX

Lubbock, TX, USA • Texas, USA Req #17328

Monday, July 19, 2021

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Government & Public Policy Reporter

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal/ lubbockonline.com , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK,is seeking a government and public policy reporter to cover a broad array of issues in Lubbock, the Texas Tech community and the South Plains of West Texas.

This reporter must be highly motivated, with a proven ability to report compelling stories that resonate with audiences. The successful candidate should be confident pursuing watchdog work, adept in using digital reporting tools, knowledgeable about accessing public records and able to analyze data to strengthen reporting.

He/she will provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues and produce watchdog journalism that leads to change. Video skills are a must.

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.
Requirements:
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 years' reporting experience working as a professional journalist.
  • 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.
  • Job includes some evening and weekend work.
  • 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).
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-17328