Community Reporter

SweetwaterNOW, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Date PostedOctober 13, 2018
IndustriesNewspapers / Wires, Digital Media
SpecialtyLocal News
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$29,000 - $38,000
Websitehttp://www.sweetwaternow.com
Description:

SweetwaterNOW is searching for an experienced reporter or exceptional, motivated recent graduate to join our news team as a Community Reporter.  An integral part of our team, our Community Reporter creates content on a daily basis, proactively working to increase visibility and engagement with city-related news, breaking news, events and announcements. As Community Reporter, you’ll use your writing, editing and photography skills to deliver timely and accurate information to our community.  You’ll primarily cover city and county government, along with select local boards and activities.  You’ll also facilitate conversation among community members, serving as the voice of the most-read news source in the region.  The Community Reporter is an active participant within the community and your work will be seen by thousands of people each day.

Essential functions of this role include: working as a member of a small news team to effectively cover local news, ability to create timely and accurate content, managing multiple assignments each day, interviewing community members, covering community events, writing short feature stories, writing news summaries and reporting to a managing editor.

Prerequisites:
* Experience or formal training as a Journalist covering city government in a community similar to Sweetwater County.
* Must live in or be willing to relocate to Rock Springs or Green River, Wyoming or nearby communities
* Excellent written communication skills; ability to write quickly and accurately
* Experienced with social media, especially Facebook
* Passionate about Sweetwater County and Wyoming

Responsibilities:
* Create original content for our online-only news platform
* Attend press conferences, briefings, public meetings
* Attend community events
* File reports from the scene of breaking news
* Edit and prepare reader-submitted tips for publication
* Upload/publish content on digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
* Contribute to community promotion, engagement strategies and tactics related to the brand
* Monitor discussions, resource postings, and trends within the community and on-brand platforms; identify and reports usage trends and advise on potential opportunities
* Network with community members and be involved
* Coordinate with support staff to ensure high level of quality and community engagement

Compensation:
* $29-39K per year, depending on experience
* Paid Time Off, Reimbursements for Cell and Mileage.  We’re located in Wonderful Wyoming, which means you’ll have access to fresh air and the great outdoors. If you want the City, Salt Lake is a quick drive for the weekend and if you want solitude, it's yours for the taking. We have the best of both worlds.

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you're the next Community Reporter of SweetwaterNOW and include at least three samples of your work (writing is great, photography included will have higher consideration) to jobs@sweetwaternow.com. No phone calls, please.

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