Politics/Watchdog Reporter

Georgia, USA ● Savannah, GA, USA Req #25195
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
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The USA TODAY network’s Georgia newspapers are seeking a reporter with the awareness, reporting and source-building skills, courage, and sensitivity to cover politics and policy at a time of unprecedented division and turmoil. As a watchdog, storyteller and public servant, the reporter will confront disparities with vigor, remain dogged in the quest for ambitious solutions-journalism and constantly look beyond data to humanize the most pressing issues facing Georgians and how state and federal elected officials are serving their constituents.

Georgia has become a political epicenter in recent years, with the Legislature considering polarizing legislation every winter and spring and several high-profile persons holding or seeking state and federal office, from Stacey Abrams to Brad Raffensperger and Raphael Warnock to Marjorie Taylor-Greene. The November 2022 election promises to be one of the most closely watched in the nation, as Georgia has emerged as a competitive. purple state that makes it crucial to presidential elections and the fight for party control over the U.S. Senate.

The best candidate is aggressive, enterprising and innovative, with a passion for politics and the ability to cover big breaking news as well as to develop watchdog, explanatory and storytelling pieces. He or she will have the ability to identify the issues that will resonate with citizens and take readers beyond the talking points and wedge issues. We want a watchdog who is also a bulldog and considers holding government accountable a cornerstone of reporting.

The leading candidate will also serve in a general assignment capacity, specifically at times outside of the legislative session and election cycles. Legislative sessions typically last from January to early April. This position is based out of the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga.

It is important we tell stories with short- and long-term content that resonates and helps us grow our digital audience. Candidates must have the skill to bring these complex topics to the living rooms of families across all demographics across multiple mediums, to include social media channels, email newsletters and podcasts..

The candidate should have at least two years of reporting experience. Previous experience covering politics on the state or federal level is a plus.

Candidates should be able to show examples of their strength in reporting and writing and demonstrate an eagerness to engage with audiences through social media and audio and video. They should also be able to use visuals and digital elements to strengthen their stories and be comfortable using social media to help share their stories and engage with readers.

If this is the kind of journalism you want to do, get in touch. If you want to learn more about the position email Executive Editor Jill Nevels-Haun at jnevels@gannett.com We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role.

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  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Georgia, USA
  • Savannah, GA, USA