The Associated Press seeks a local-hire reporter for a temporary position covering the Mississippi legislative session .
Reporter will be based at the Associated Press bureau in Jackson, Miss., and work with a veteran statehouse reporter to cover the state budget crisis, key legislation and breaking news from the state capital, as well as other stories as assigned. The employment term will be 15 weeks.
Candidate must be an aggressive journalist who is able to break news off beats and develop enterprise stories off the news. Candidate must be a self-starter who can recognize or anticipate news about key state issues, and develop sources and contacts to tell those stories. Candidate must balance quality, accuracy and timeliness, and write with the proper length and context to fit various media formats. Must be familiar with legislative bodies and procedures, and be able to translate policies and politics for state, regional and national audiences. Must be able to think in new and innovative ways and work with staff and editors throughout the AP. Must be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced, quickly changing environment, and be available to work nights or weekends as the news cycle demands. Familiarity with Mississippi political issues a plus.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, communications, media or public policy
At least one year of professional journalism experience, preferably as a reporter covering government or public policy.
Demonstrated understanding of all formats – text, photo, video, interactives, blogs and social media – and, preferably, a skill set applicable to each one.
Must be able to work all shifts, including overnights and weekends.
Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required. Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
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