Reporter - General Assignment

The Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for an energetic reporter who can cover some of the most interesting stories emerging in the city.

This general assignment position isn't about covering chicken dinners and ribbon cuttings. It's about city growth, social change and political nuance. It's telling stories about how we live and the decisions made that affect how we live. Sometimes, the job is also about covering a crime when needed.

It's for someone who isn't afraid of the biggest story of the day, the month, the year, and sticking with it, following through on news tips and developing the best multi-sourced story possible.

The Advertiser is looking for a reporter strong with public information requests but hasn't forgotten how good old-fashioned shoe leather often leads to the best writing. The reporter is a strong storyteller who doesn't just break news but has the writing and multimedia skills that make readers invest into reading longer pieces.

We want a smart, ambitious, hard-working, nice reporter who is self-driven and independently develops a strong story. You will be required to use your discretion, creativity and news judgment to influence how we approach our coverage.

The Advertiser, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning news operation that has swept top awards from the Alabama Press Association and Associated Press Media Editors two years in a row.

Montgomery, Alabama's state capital, lies along the banks of the Alabama River and is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, Hyundai Motors and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Not only is Montgomery at the epicenter of the civil rights movement, it stands at the forefront of high technology as the first city in Alabama and the fourth in the Southeastern U.S. to launch an Internet Exchange tech hub. Montgomery is also home to a vibrant, growing downtown and diverse cultural offerings from music to professional baseball.

USA TODAY NETWORK is one of the top 20 digital companies in the country, sharing the list with Google, Facebook, and Amazon. It has more than 100 million unique visitors a month, which is more than Buzzfeed, Yahoo News, and Huffington Post. Because the network consists of more than 110 local properties with USA TODAY at the helm, you'll have the luxury of living in a community you love while making a national impact.

Typical job duties:

  • Create storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics. Acts as the community's leading watchdog in area of expertise.
  • Connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.)
  • Work with the content strategist, content coach and audience analyst to evaluate what's working and what's not, and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
  • Collaborate with content team to provide all the appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics).
  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
  • Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
  • Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.

Skills you need:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or communications.
  • 2-plus years' experience reporting, producing and editing
  • Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our customers' time and money.
  • Self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage fan base on digital platforms in the public space.
  • Shoots photos and videos with nearly every story and handles basic editing of both.
  • Effective communicator who is able to work with diverse personalities.
  • Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company's goals.
  • Standard writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style knowledge of a professional journalist.
  • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) 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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