The Statesman Journal/statesmanjournal.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, located in Salem, Oregon, is seeking an experienced reporter with a track record of breaking big stories, holding city leaders accountable while also covering business, growth and development news across the Mid-Willamette Valley.
Public records and data experience are preferred. Coverage expectations include investigative work, news analysis and exclusive enterprise stories.
• This reporter is the Statesman Journal’s lead city reporter focusing on council actions, budgets, elections and the city’s various economic development groups. Homelessness issues are a large part of this beat, which also includes legalized marijuana coverage.
• Public safety is primarily handled by a second reporter, but coordination and teamwork between these two reporters is essential.
• We are a digital-first organization that puts an emphasis on posting online first. This journalist must have a talent and passion for digital storytelling that leads to increased digital subscriptions and digital audience growth.
• Salem is Oregon’s state capital. The Statesman Journal covers Marion and Polk counties in the Mid-Willamette Valley, home to hundreds of vineyards and wineries and craft breweries. The Statesman Journal is one hour from Portland, 90 minutes from the Oregon Coast, and amazing outdoor experiences are even closer.
• 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.
• Bachelor's or master’s in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Minimum of 1-2 years’ reporting/newsroom experience.
• 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.
• 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.
• Work weekends and 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).