USA TODAY NETWORK

Travel Reporter

3 days agoPhoenix, AZ

Arizona, USA • Phoenix, AZ, USA Req #19471

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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Travel Reporter

The Arizona Republic/ azcentral.com , the largest newsroom in Arizona, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a Consumer Travel Reporter who can break news, jump on trending stories, produce thoughtful enterprise and anticipate the questions people have about travel.

This reporter will follow news and trends at the local and national level, producing a combination of breaking items, enterprise and multimedia projects in a fast-paced, competitive market.

The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of public records research, search engine optimization, social media platforms and online production tools.

Consumer Travel Reporter coverage areas include:

Air travel: Metro Phoenix has two commercial airports. This reporter will cover TSA, security issues and passenger traffic trends- and craft consumer problem-solving pieces such as guides to food, retail and services in the terminals and how to navigate peak seasonal crunch times, breaking news such as weather-related delays or computer outages.

Trending topics/breaking news: What are people talking about and how can we help them understand? People behaving badly on planes and in terminals, COVID-19 travel developments, Phoenix airports adding new flights. You'll use Twitter, Dataminr, Google Trends and other in-the-moment sources to get in front of such stories.

Providing information people are searching for: Use SEO techniques and Google Trends to find out what questions people are asking right now and anticipate future questions. Will my flight from Phoenix be canceled because of a storm back East? Does my child need a passport? How can I find the lowest airfares?

Arizona/regional travel topics: Report on small airlines with a big presence here, hotels and resorts (including new properties, significant renovations, summer resort deals), popular Arizona and regional destinations such as Sedona, Havasupai Falls, Southern California and Las Vegas.

Enterprise and storytelling: Deep dive into local airport financing, revenues and growth trends. Lookbehind the scenes at companies and organizations driving Arizona's tourism industry; profiles of interesting, perhaps unsung, people in the industry.

Responsibilities:

  • Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms using metrics. Works toward becoming the community's leading voice in area of expertise.
  • Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
  • Works with content strategist and audience analyst 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.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.
Requirements:
  • Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 3+ years' reporting/newsroom experience.
  • 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.
  • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
  • Must be willing to travel on short notice, to cover breaking news events.
  • Work weekends and nights as needed by the news cycle.
  • 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 & drug screen.
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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Job ID: utn-19471