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The Commercial Appeal is seeking a demographics reporter. The beat includes diversity & inclusion as “traditionally” defined, including such topics as Black Lives Matter, immigration, same-sex couples, poverty, transgender rights, and civil rights issues and history. But it should also be thought of more broadly and include refugees, disenfranchised Democrats, and Trump voters ranging from Appalachian and rural residents to wealthy suburban dwellers. We are committing to tell the stories of all Tennesseans, ranging from Memphis to East Tennessee.Video must be top of mind and filed with virtually every story. Think in terms of shorter enterprise with mobile-first focus. This digital journalist should be regularly filing weekend enterprise as well, including about one in-depth project a quarter. The reporter who joins our award-winning team should have video and social media expertise, and a passion for storytelling.
The ideal candidate produces smart, context-filled stories and other content on tight deadlines and understands the difference in writing for various platforms. This position requires a versatile journalist equally skilled in building and working sources on breaking news stories as well as developing and reporting enterprise pieces.
The successful candidate will:
Bring a digital mindset to the beat, using social media savvy to bring news to readers where they are. That means employing real-time metrics to respond
to audience demand and reader interest.
Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.
Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues, and produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.
Act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connect with readers through social media platforms.
Here's what you need:
Bachelor's degree in journalism or related discipline
At least three years of reporting experience
Excellent communication and time management skills
Ability to produce accurate and detailed content in a competitive environment
Expertise with all major social media platforms
Video production skills a plus
About The Commercial Appeal:
The Commercial Appeal is proud to be a part of Gannett and the USA TODAY NETWORK. We are an energetic and fast-paced media company with a news team committed to covering the Memphis area. If you’re looking for a rewarding challenge, the CA is the place to be.
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