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Employer: USA Today Network Job Posted: 8/3/2019
Location: Evansville, IN Job Status: Full Time
 
 

Job Description:

The Evansville Courier & Press, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK is seeking an Education-Family reporter. The focus of this beat is families with school-aged children and all the issues surrounding them. Part of that is keeping track and covering education news and trends as well as a broader variety of topics for the family forward audience, issues impacting those with kids in daycare through college.

This coverage is well beyond boardrooms and meetings. It’s a mixture and balance of education, health, finance, entertainment, social justice issues and more. There are hundreds of decisions to be made in this time period – from vaccinations to planning and paying for college and everything in between. This beat will cross various areas of the newsroom, so clear and concise communication and working well with others is vital. This beat will create good storytelling that really makes a difference and impact in the community and with our readers.

Expectations

• Good communication with coworkers and supervisors.
• Ability to multitask and work on several projects at one time from breaking news to short- and long-term enterprise.
• Urgency.
• Focusing on developing diverse, strong sourcing.
• Thinking outside the box with storytelling techniques.
• Always have readers in mind when writing the story – how does this impact them?

Requirements

• Bachelor’s in journalism or equivalent experience.
• Daily news experience.
• Ability to write clear, compelling articles and enhance work with video and other digital storytelling tools.
• Flexible, energetic, curious and self-starting.
• Reporting and delivering a steady stream of news stories of interest to our audience via writing, Twitter or other methods.
• Understanding of social media and how to engage audience on digital platforms.
• Ability to multi-task and excel under deadline pressure, using time efficiently in a 24-hour newsroom.
• Ability to adapt in a rapidly changing industry.
• Occasional weekend and night work as beat/stories demand.
• Be open to using metrics to inform story choices and shape beat strategies.
• Use social media to reach readers where they spendtheir time and attention.
• Provide cogent analysis of trends and issues that affect the daily lives of readers.
• Use social media to reach out to new and existing readers and create an identity online that readers connect with.
• Accurate and fair reporting.
• Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation.

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