Watchdog & Public Advocate Reporter
- Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI, USA Req #11292
Monday, August 10, 2020
Watchdog & Public Advocate Reporter
The Green Bay Press-Gazette/ greenbaypressgazette.com , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, is searching for a journalist with a strong investigative and enterprise reporting background for a new position with a primary focus on answering reader questions or tips about government, public health and welfare and consumer issues.
The beat will include an "Public Advocate Answers" column that will feature answers to a reader question or inquiry about an issue. The "Public Advocate" description is designed to keep the emphasis on concerns and questions generated by subscribers with an emphasis on coverage that enhances democracy (open meetings, open records and voting). The reporter will use a variety of tools to keep readers in the know, from non-traditional story forms and long-form storytelling to audio, video and graphics.
Though this position is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the reporter will be responsible for tracking questions and tips throughout the state and report across the ten USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms in central and northeastern Wisconsin, including the Appleton Post-Crescent, Fond du Lac Reporter, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Marshfield News Herald, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sheboygan Press, Stevens Point Journal, Wausau Daily Herald and Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.
The right reporter will seek out great local, regional and statewide stories from all parts of Wisconsin and be prepared to collaborate with journalists across USA TODAY Network newsrooms in Wisconsin and beyond.
- Provide deep-dive explanatory and watchdog stories on government, public health and safety and other important issues for communities.
- Work on long-term investigations and projects as warranted.
- Contribute to urgent coverage government, public policy or related issues as needed.
- Work with editors 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.
- Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum of 2 years' professional reporting/newsroom experience, or less experience with strong internships.
- Preferred candidate will have experience in investigative and enterprise reporting or advanced education on those topics.
- 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 newsrooms.
- 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.
- Able to work occasional late 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 and drug screen (for driving roles only).
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:
- 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.
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.
Gannett Co., Inc. 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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