Statehouse Reporter

1 week agoSpringfield, IL

Illinois, USA • Springfield, IL, USA Req #20325

Thursday, December 30, 2021

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The State Journal Register (Springfield, IL) is seeking an aggressive statehouse reporter who can deliver exclusive reporting on state government and politics. We seek a strong journalist who excels at producing enterprise and watchdog work that makes a difference and can lead to the changing of laws. A major emphasis will be on holding officials accountable but this reporter's portfolio also must extend beyond what's happening in the statehouse to include almost anything that affects the lives of people in Illinois from politics and ethics reform to how taxpayer money is spent. The reporter also should have the ability to write quick, digestible and digitally engaging content and understand how to use social and SEO to draw in audiences.

Responsibilities also include working with reporters across Gannett's USA TODAY Network to develop enterprise work that explores issues important to Illinois residents.

A background in government or politics reporting is preferred; a deep curiosity about trends is a must. This reporter also must demonstrate a commitment to fair and accurate reporting and will be expected to break exclusive news. The reporter also must be able to translate government and political speak into clean copy that is clear and tells reader what's important and how it truly affects them.

Other responsibilities:

  • He or she will identify, produce and post stories, photos and video quickly and accurately across mobile, desktop and social media platforms.
  • Research, report and produce compelling content that informs and engages readers.
  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues. Produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.
  • Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.
  • Produce content in alternative forms (listicles, Q&As, narratives, photo galleries, video - that are tailored to the right platform (mobile, desktop, social media) to best reach the audience.
  • Use metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest.
  • Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least five years of professional journalism experience.
  • Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
  • Strong command of AP grammar and have 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.
  • 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.

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Job ID: utn-20325