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Watchdog Reporter II - Education & Family Issues

Company: Gannett Co. Inc.
Location: Greenville
Posted on: October 12, 2018

Job Description:

The Greenville News, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, has an immediate opening for a full-time watchdog reporter in Greenville, SC for our education beat and family issues beat. We are looking for an aggressive and enterprising reporter to cover education, children's issues and family matters in Upstate South Carolina. The ideal candidate is passionate about journalism and willing to ask tough questions. This is a hard news beat in a state that consistently finishes near the bottom on issues affecting children and families. We want a watchdog reporter who's willing to dig and is interested in collaborating to develop relevant and timely enterprise and investigative articles that impact lives and hold power to account. While Greenville County and other areas of the Upstate of South Carolina score high marks in South Carolina, public education statewide ranks among the worst in the nation. We want to help local families and their neighbors understand why that is and why it matters, and we want to help lead the way in figuring out what can be done to improve. We are looking for a reporter who will build new connections with families in South Carolina who are striving to get ahead. We are looking for someone who will explore new ways to find information and tell stories, including nontraditional story formats and emerging social media channels. We want a reporter who is as comfortable shooting a video as digging through a mountain of data. And we want someone is craving to be part of a growing, dynamic community and has a desire to help lead that community into the future. The position will produce content for The Greenville News and its newsroom partner, the Anderson Independent Mail and the 109-member USA TODAY NETWORK. Greenville is located in the Upstate of South Carolina at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's one of the fastest growing cities in the country and has a vibrant, emerging metropolitan scene surrounded by lakes, rivers, hiking and biking trails. If there's ever a need to leave town, Atlanta, Charlotte and Atlantic coast beaches are a couple of hours away. Responsibilities:* Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of 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* Explores and reports on the widest range of news and trends, connecting with our audience's passion* Content strategies include print, branded digital platforms, traditional and emerging social media, events, apps and curation of contributed and expert content* Places a high priority on data analysis to identify trends that would otherwise go unreported* Strategizes and executes distribution and optimization plans for all content* Demonstrates clear concise writing skills with strong nut graphs and "why this is important to me" content* Requires outstanding research skills and extensive contacts that can break news* Requires the ability to create trust within their niche community. The primary channel will be our digital products first, but the content will also make its way into printed publications* Identifies, cultivates and curates contributed, authoritative content and reporting that expands the footprint of the beat Requirements:* Bachelor's in Communications, Journalism or equivalent in experience and education* Minimum of two years to three years of reporting experience* Experience covering education* Desire to impact lives* 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* Works weekends and nights as needed* 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* When applying, please include a variety of clips - no more than six - showing beat reporting and enterprise on different digital platforms* This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law Here's what we have to offer: We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and contributions you make, up to the first 5% eligible for a 100% Company match! #Content 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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