News - Reporter I - Education Focus

Alexandria, LA, USA Req #5930

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Reporter I - Education Focus

The Town Talk / in Alexandria, Louisiana, a part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a digital-first reporter to break news for digital audiences and deploy to the scene to cover stories as they develop via social media and mobile platforms. Along with breaking news, this reporter will be education focused and will cover Central Louisiana education and family news, a passionate topic, among our target audiences.

This reporter must closely monitor local education facilities, including K-12 schools, local school boards, area colleges and universities and technical and community college facilities on social media; build connections with the education community; and become familiar with digital tools like Dataminr and CrowdTangle to establish himself or herself as the go-to source for news about education and family matters. This reporter also will follow educational issues at the local and national level, producing a combination of breaking news, daily enterprise and multimedia projects in a fast-paced, competitive, 24/7 news cycle.

You must be able to develop quick-turn enterprise stories off the news and discover what is trending on social media. We're looking for a 21st-century journalist to roll fast on breaking news and to tap quickly into the talk of the town.

You must be a newshound, writer and videographer. You must understand how to tap into via social media and other means what's abuzz in our community. You must understand story in the classic sense, as plot, character development, conflict and resolution. You must tell every story in multiple dimensions, from words to video. You must understand that creating narrative and multimedia content is only half the job, and that the other half is being entrepreneurial in assertively putting your content in front of consumers via social channels. You must have experience in social media and have a strong social voice. You must permit consumer feedback, including metrics, to guide decisions and you must be flexible.

The Town Talk
/ has served a diverse audience throughout Central Louisiana for more than 135 years.


  • Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.
  • Works toward becoming the community's leading voice in area of expertise.
  • Serve as a public ambassador for our brand through community outreach andconnecting with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
  • Works with content strategist to evaluate what's working and what's not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
  • Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.
  • Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. We are open to recent college graduates, if you have a few strong internships under your belt.
  • Previous reporting experience is a plus; even better if you've covered an education beat.
  • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
  • Energetic self-starter and a fast thinker who can spot stories that matter.
  • 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 intense deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
  • Ideal candidate will possess knowledge of SEO, analytics, digital tools and production, and public records.
  • 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:
  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.


Here's what we have to offer:

We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% Company match!

Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

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