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  Indianola News Reporter
Employer: Upgrade Membership Job Posted: 8/2/2019
Location: Midwest Region Job Status: Full Time
Experience Level: TBD  

Job Description:

The weekly Record Herald and Indianola Tribune/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, seeks a reporter to cover news and features in Indianola and surrounding areas of Warren County, Iowa.

• Indianola is a growing city of 16,000 less than 20 miles south of Des Moines. This reporter has the option of working in the Des Moines Register newsroom, and his or her coverage also can be carried in the Register.
• This is the main news reporter at the Record-Herald, which also has a full-time photographer/sports reporter on staff.
• This is an ideal job for a reporter at a small daily or weekly who’s looking to move up or a college graduate with significant internship experience who’s looking for a first reporting job and the chance to gain publication in the Register.
• Indianola offers the benefits of small-town life with the amenities of a bigger city nearby. Or, its proximity also makes it possible to live in Des Moines, with its vibrant arts and entertainment scene and large community of young professionals living downtown.
• The Des Moines Register is a 17-time Pulitzer Prize winner. We reach readers across the state with our daily Des Moines Register editions, our award-winning website and various nondaily publications.


• Report quickly, clearly and accurately and deliver news, via stories, video, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other methods available to reach our audience.
• Use metrics to inform story choices and shape beat strategies.
• Identifies top news stories of the day, based on analytics and audience potential.
• Cultivates a beat, knowing the ins/outs of the beat and its key players. Has a genuine interest in people and ability to build trust.
• Writes and/or produces multimedia content that appeals to key audience targets and maximizes user experience on digital and social platforms to reach readers where they spend their time and attention.
• Jump on breaking news. Research, write, report, photograph, video and/or voice a variety of stories.
• Engage on social media with sources and audience.
• Experiment with new ways of informing and engaging audiences on social platforms and alternate storyforms.
• Monitor real-time news and sniff out the most important and fascinating stories important to our audiences in addition to pursue enterprise/investigative work to uncover stories that no one else is reporting.
• Demonstrate fast news judgement on an ongoing basis.
• Source development will be critical, cultivating relationships with city and county officials, business leaders and community stakeholders to break stories.


• Bachelor's or Master’s in Communications, Journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience. We will also consider candidates with strong college news internships.
• Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
• 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.
• Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
• A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsrooms.
• 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.
• This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
• Able to work occasional late nights as needed by the news cycle.
• Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check.

Req #8718



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