Local government reporter

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia

Date PostedSeptember 14, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified
Websitehttp://www.richmond.com
Description:

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is looking for a local government reporter.

JOB SUMMARY: 

We are looking for a local government reporter who will hold elected officials accountable and write with empathy about the people living in his/her coverage area. Moreover, we want someone who will strive to use that geographic beat as a launching pad for issues stories with statewide impact. Show us clips that make use of data and FOIA, and demonstrate a track record of producing compelling, timely and well-sourced stories.

You will be expected to produce a mix of daily and enterprise stories and contribute to projects. Local government reporters also are expected to think visually, and ensure that photo and graphics assignments are filed early in the information gathering process. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

  • Submits clear, crisp copy that is free of errors. Meets deadlines. Learns from mistakes.
  • Pays close attention to beat, visits offices and officials covered on a daily basis, produces timely stories and covers meetings and other events pertinent to beat.
  • Accepts story assignments, and completes them as quickly as possible.
  • Keeps editors informed of stories underway, with length and deadline estimates.
  • When asked, takes clear photographs, with good composition, and gets information and names for cutlines.
  • Produces enough stories, of high quality, and style in accordance with company standards.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree preferred.

Please send resume, cover letter and five clips to local government editor Katy Evans at kevans@timesdispatch.com. After that, please apply here: https://usr54.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/bhmedia/Posting/View/5235

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