Report local news in a thoughtful, thorough journalist manner. Write informative, fair, and concise news stories relevant to the local community. Must track news, develop sources, and communicate with editors about stories.
Essential Functions: • Research news and potential news stories • Interview, check facts, and set up photo appointments • Stay in touch with sources/organizations about events/issues/news • Communicate with editors in a variety of ways about news production and scheduled stories • Write news and news features concisely, accurately and coherently under deadline pressure • Attend public meetings and ask relevant questions • Process work related e-mail • Must be able to handle multiple reporting assignments and remain calm in a fast paced environment • Interview sources and interact with the public via e-mail, phone and in person • Attend daily newsroom meetings • Interact with readers via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter etc. • In-depth proofreading for grammar, spelling • Able to work with all socio-economic levels within the community • Work on long-term projects, other general assignment stories, or special series • Ongoing communication with fellow reporters to answer questions on covered topics/issues • Fill in for general assignment shifts if necessary • Performs other job-related duties as assigned • Ability to take photos and videos • Assign photos to accompany stories, writes cutlines for photos • Find, edit, and budget stories and photos for Celebrations • Compile statistics boxes for Business • Go to police stations to read police reports • Go out on assignment to the scenes of crimes or fires
Experience: • Entry level position but some journalism and or working with daily deadlines experience helpful. Position located at the Reporter-Times in Martinsville
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Write and copy edit stories under pressure and with daily deadlines, understanding the importance of timely news reporting • Report in an accurate, fair, and balanced way • Excellent research skills • Strong work ethic and willingness to follow the new stories to completion • Ability to work in a team environment, willing to collaborate ideas, sources and stories with other reporters • Resourceful at finding and identifying local news in a timely fashion, ability to ask relevant questions • Ability to build relationships with sources and peers, regularly meet and talk with the community • Good communication and interview skills • Familiar with the community and the issues facing citizens • Ability to maintain interest in public meetings • Ability to work with all levels of government officials, local police, and private citizens • Possess strong writing and critical-thinking skills, command of the English language, grammar, and AP style • Proficient in Microsoft Office use • Attention to detail, ability to focus through interruptions • Adaptability to any sort of assignment or topic • Ability to innovate • Ability to take photos and video • In-depth understanding of current issues and local news related to assigned beat and/or topic • Grasp of social media, photography
Education: •Bachelor’s degree or working to finish Bachelor's degree
Working Conditions: • Duties are performed in an office environment and also outside of the office at various locations. • Employee will be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions when working outdoors • Computer useage and constant communication • Schedule is Saturday, Sunday and Monday, approximately 24 hours per week.
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