News Reporter – Children's health, welfare and education
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The Tennessean, located in Nashville and the state's largest news organization, is seeking a standout journalist with at least a few years of reporting experience to fill a key role on its core news team. The right person will be passionate about serving the community, eager to collaborate with colleagues and ambitious in their reporting and storytelling.
The beat is children's health, welfare and education. Newsrooms traditionally have covered children by focusing on education, which narrows the lens and inevitably revolves around institutions. We aim to go beyond that definition to tell meaningful stories, focused on solutions, about how children, parents, educators, public officials and the community collectively address the past, deal with the present and plan for the future of our children. The scope of this beat is broad in topic and geography. This reporter will tell the stories of children in Nashville, Middle Tennessee and across the state, in collaboration with other Gannett journalists.
Typical Job Duties
• Tells stories that accurately inform, engage and enlighten our audience.
• Works toward becoming the state's leading voice on children's issues.
• Demonstrates clear, concise writing skills and an emphasis on “why this is important to me.”
• Works with editors and analytics to evaluate what's working and what's not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
• Collaborates with our 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.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in experience and education.
• Two or more years of experience in daily deadline reporting.
• Strong news judgment; commitment to develop and maintain sources; outstanding research skills; ability to meet deadlines, take initiative, receive constructive feedback and work as part of a team.
• Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and multiple stories in a fast-paced environment.
• Adept at using social media to report, tell stories, engage readers and cover breaking news.
• A valid driver's license, reliable transportation and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
About The Tennessean and Nashville
The Tennessean is the state's largest news organization, and is a fast-paced, collaborative operation full of ambitious journalists in every stage of their careers. Reporting frequently leads to rapid change at the state and local levels, and the newsroom frequently wins national awards such as the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards grand prize and the Scripps Howard Award in breaking news. The Tennessean was named one of E&P's "10 That Do It Right" two years in a row. Its offices are located in the heart of Nashville, one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Music City more than lives up to its name, and its live music offerings are supplemented by three professional sports teams, a vibrant food scene and abundant things to do. Middle Tennessee is rapidly growing and attracting a variety of new businesses on a regular basis.
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 three to six 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.
- Job Family Frontline Journalists
- Job Function Consumer
- Pay Type Hourly
- Nashville, TN, USA