Reporter I/City Watchdog Reporter
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City Watchdog Reporter
The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, Arizona’s largest news organization and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK,is looking for a reporter to join the team to cover local government issues.
The ideal candidate will:
- Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
- Produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.
- Produce storytelling journalism that meets audience needs and interests on multiple platforms.
- Contribute to the community’s greater good through impactful journalism.
- Act as a public ambassador through community outreach.
We are seeking a curious, skilled, persistent reporter to join an ambitious team covering local news and issues in metro Phoenix.
On this beat, the reporter develops enterprise, investigative and exclusive stories. It’s not a job where the reporter recounts what happened at council today.
Arizona and the Phoenix area are vibrant, growing and diverse, and Latino, Indigenous and Black communities are a vital part of the cultural mosaic. Our ideal candidate delivers aggressive, forward-looking work that breaks news, highlights disparities that affect quality of life and holds public officials to account for their actions.
The successful candidate has the news judgment and vision to shift old narratives and find new ways to engage with our audiences. The candidate demonstrates empathy and comfort with nuance.
The reporter must show a keen eye for important details found in public records. The reporter must consistently – and persistently – dig below the surface and write with clarity and uncommon skill.
Versatility is essential, as coverage will stretch from the needs of a city’s most vulnerable residents to development issues and public records reporting.
You will work as one of a team of local news reporters, so communication and collaboration are critical skills.
- Recognizes newsworthy events and trends and identifies stories to pursue based on news developments, source development, tips, records and research.
- Researches, reports and writes comprehensive news articles for publication.
- Understands the standards and ethics around newsgathering and can execute most of its primary forms at a high level, including source interviews, use of public records, data analysis and primary and secondary source research.
- Understands good storytelling and successfully develops ideas. Can write news stories and more complex enterprise pieces with minimal guidance. Can execute on special projects by working closely with editors.
- Understands how to connect with our audience on multiple platforms.
- Collaborates to provide all appropriate elements for stories, such as photos, videos and graphics.
- Works with editor to evaluate story metrics to determine what’s working and what’s not. Develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
- Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Mentors the newsroom’s emerging journalists.
- Recognizes newsroom needs and performs other duties as necessary.
Knowledge and skills:
- Energetic, curious, focused and can spot the stories that matter.
- Uses independent judgment in day-to-day activities; demonstrates success in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
- Strong reporting skills, with the ability to gather information from people and public records.
- Strong writing skills, along with a demonstrated ability to distill complex matters.
- Able to work cooperatively, meet deadlines and shift gears for multiple tasks.
- Comfortable connecting with readers through social media.
- Spanish fluency is a plus.
- Bachelor's or master’s degree in journalism or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- At least two years of newsroom experience.
- Technical skills, including the ability to understand and apply metrics and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs.
- Professional skills, including advanced analytical ability, interpersonal skills and time management.
- This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
- Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check, motor vehicle record check & drug screen.
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:
- Your resume – one to two pages.
- A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
- 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.
- Job Family Frontline Journalists
- Job Function Consumer
- Pay Type Hourly
- Required Education Equivalent Experience
- Arizona, USA
- Phoenix, AZ, USA