El Paso, TX, USA • Texas, USA Req #20679
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
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The El Paso Times/ elpasotimes.com , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a reporter who has the competitiveness to want to break news constantly, the eagerness to report the biggest story of the day and the desire to write impactful stories that people remember and want to share on social media.
The ideal candidate knows that good storytelling often includes a video component, so some video experience is preferred. This reporter would need to build a story quickly for digital platforms and then know how to advance the story with an engaging lead and well sourced copy.
Enterprise is at the heart of this position. It's for someone who isn't afraid of the biggest story of the day, the month, or the year. The El Paso Times is also looking for a reporter comfortable with FOI requests, database reporting and criminal justice coverage.
This reporter is a strong storyteller who doesn't just break news but has the writing skills that make readers invest into reading longer pieces. We put value on real-time reporting and breaking news on digital platforms and seek energetic and eager reporters who naturally think that way.
- Create content (articles, videos, photos, and social media posts) about local news that accurately informs, entertains, and engages key audiences and platforms with metrics.
- Provide thoughtful, in-depth reporting of complex issues.
- Work with editors to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
- Mentor colleagues.
- Collaborate with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e., photos, videos, and graphics).
- Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Perform other duties as necessary.
- Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism, marketing, or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum 2 years of daily newspaper experience, with published work showing the ability to write breaking news stories, enterprise pieces and features both big and small.
- Spanish fluency is a plus.
- Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and 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.
- Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
- A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsroom.
- Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram 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.
- News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.
- 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, motor vehicle record check and drug screen.
- Your resume - one to two pages.
- A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
- 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.
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