USA TODAY NETWORK

Politics Reporter

2 weeks agoColorado Springs, CO

Colorado, USA • Pueblo, CO, USA Req #18649

Monday, September 27, 2021

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Politics Reporter

The Pueblo Chieftain/ chieftain.com , an award-winning member of the USA TODAY NETWORK,seeks a high-energy politics reporter to cover this diverse city of 110,000 and county of nearly 170,000.

We're looking for a candidate who knows how to ask great questions, dig for stories and moves quickly. The successful candidate has a passion for news of the day, wherever it might be found. Multi-platform fluency is a must.

The candidate must have a digital-first mindset, have video shooting and editing experience and have solid SEO writing knowledge. Social media should serve as a primary source and outlet for your work. Other sources include police and court records, press releases, scanner traffic, reader and staff news tips, etc.

This reporter will report on Pueblo's city council, county commissioners, state races and ballot initiatives and all things politics in the Steel City.

We also expect the ideal candidate to have ideas about how to connect Pueblo's political landscape to larger discussions about big issues: diversity; socioeconomics; the economy; the digital divide, civil rights and more.

Responsibilities:

  • Creates coverage that accurately informs, engages, and entertains specific audiences and platforms using metrics.
  • Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
  • Uphold the highest standards of journalist integrity and credibility.
  • Works toward becoming the community's leading voice in area of expertise.
  • Serve as a public ambassador for our brand through connecting with the community via social media, on camera, in forums, community leadership, etc.
  • 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.
Requirements:
  • Bachelor's in communications, journalism or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1-2 years of experience preferred.
  • Knows how to use time efficiently in a 24-hour newsroom.
  • Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment.
  • Experience developing following around personal journalism through use of social media.
  • 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.
  • Works weekends and nights as needed.
  • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
  • Ability to fluently speak Spanish is a plus, but not required.
  • Video production skills, social media skills and other multimedia skills are preferred.
  • 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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