Sports Editor

Digital high school sports editor wanted to lead coverage of 70-plus high schools in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area.

The selected member will be digital savvy, equally capable of producing a video as he/she is with writing a breaking news story or with writing a quick-turnaround analysis from a game.

The chosen applicant will be a member of a 20-plus USA TODAY Network-Tennessee sports group which was recently honored with 20 Associated Press Sports Editors awards in 2017.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a close working relationship with potential news sources, real as well as general reporting.
  • Engage readers through social media by responding to reader comments and pursing other avenues of interaction with audiences.
  • Be on alert at all times for breaking news in order to generate story ideas and plan coverage effectively. Write stories with digital focus, shoot video to tell the story.
  • Be the point person for the News Sentinel Awards.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Have the ability to post breaking news.
  • Must be able operate a camera equipped with still and video capabilities.
  • Must be able to write clearly and succinctly on a variety of topics, which may extend beyond the primary focus of the beat.
  • Basic knowledge of web publishing tools and/or the ability to learn new technology quickly.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to meet deadline in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • BS/BA in news/media discipline or equivalent experience.
  • 2-5 years of experience in a related field.

Interested applicants should apply and also send a digital resume to Phil Kaplan at pkaplan@gannett.com, include your top five links that show your expertise in digital storytelling.


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