Trending Reporter

Greenville, SC, USA ● South Carolina, USA Req #25433
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

The Greenville News/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is hiring a Trending Reporter to provide urgent, engaging online reports of South Carolina stories of high reader interest for publication across our local sites and nationally.


Our trending news team will consist of two reporters across the Upstate, looking for story opportunities in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson communities. We expect this reporter to start each day early, looking for the most talked about trending content. You’ll also write explainers and pull together stories from social media and write some breaking news stories when it makes sense. Your focus is entirely digital, though your work will often be used in print as well.


We need a high-energy reporter and lively writer to bring the stories of the moment to readers across the Gannett owned USA TODAY Network – South Carolina. This role includes both aggregation and original reporting, with the goal of making sure we are the go-to source readers can rely on for the local news that everyone is talking about.


The ideal candidate will be an aggressive journalist who is just as comfortable working outside the newsroom as inside it. We want someone who will break news in real time, and then keep readers updated as the story evolves. We put an emphasis on digital over print, and most of our stories develop online and feature visuals, including photos and video, as a key element in storytelling.


Greenville is the anchor city in a metropolitan area of roughly 1 million people that is consistently listed among the best places to live in the United States. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and sits halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta. We are 45 minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Coast.


  • Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.
  • Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.).
  • Works with content strategist 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 videos needed.
  • Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.


  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Reddit.
  • Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
  • Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
  • Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.


Other details

  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • Greenville, SC, USA
  • South Carolina, USA