Features Reporter Needed for Northern Colorado News Leader

Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Colorado

Date PostedFebruary 13, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNegotiable
Websitehttp://www.swiftcom.com/careers
Description:

A reporter is responsible for generating quality content including stories, photographs, and videos for newspaper, online, mobile, niche publications, social media, magazines, and special sections. The core purpose of a reporter is to research, document, write, and present the news in an honest, ethical, and unbiased way.

 The features writer plans and executes cover stories for our entertainment, outdoor and life sections, as well as covers health and non-profits for the daily paper. The job requires a broad knowledge of our music, the arts, beer and food, our many festivals, in addition to the kinds of recreational and outdoor sports that make Colorado a special place to live. The ideal candidate will also come up with topical stories for our “Good2Know” life section, which includes issues related to money, pets, health, kids, relationships and many other “lifehack” topics that are good for everyone to know.

 

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

• Research, write and report compelling journalism that continuously grows an audience by informing and engaging readers.  

• Faithfully execute the publisher/general manager and managing editor’s vision of the newspaper and content plan. 

• Cover all breaking news with urgency and accuracy with the goal of always being first to report important developing news on our digital platforms

• Write and file 8 well-written, bylined stories and/or sidebars per average week along with photographs or videos to illustrate

• Cultivate relationship with community members and leaders by attending community functions and events. 

• Post error-free basic stories to our digital platforms, including sending push alerts and pushing content to social media, Twitter, and Instagram. 

• Verify statements and facts by following social media, making phone calls to sources, listening to police scanners, seeking out eyewitnesses, tracking court dockets for key cases and demanding public records.

• Understand and embrace the concepts of readability in crafting stories and developing sidebars as well as providing materials for informational graphics.

• Adhere to the newsroom workflow to meet all deadlines

• Review competitor publications, websites, blogs and social media to research beats and develop story ideas for print, social media, and news websites. 

• Attend staff meetings and communicates routinely with editors, designers, and peers within the organization.  

• Edit and upload photos and videos to system, creating cut lines for each.

• Other duties and special projects as assigned. 

 

Qualifications:

• College degree and/or equivalent experience

• Excellent listening, speaking, and written communication skills. 

• Strong computer/digital skills with understanding of various platforms utilized in production of stories and photographs

• Working knowledge of Associated Press style and an understanding of the daily newspaper environment.

• Strong interest in news and the community. 

To apply, please visit www.swiftcom.com/careers and select job 1563

Swift Communications is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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