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Company: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Local government watchdog reporter
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
November 1, 2013
Job ID: 1381947


Local Government Watchdog Reporter / Fulton County, GA

Job Description: This reporter is charged with developing and writing stories on a major county government beat. The reporter is responsible for reporting on Fulton County’s fiscal operations and political activity. The reporter must focus on unearthing inefficiencies and wasteful spending of public dollars and provide general watchdog reporting. This reporter will also write about political trends and public policy issues within his/her county and relate them to those in other metro Atlanta counties. The reporter also will follow state legislative action as it relates to the county.

At its most effective, this reporter’s work will achieve tangible, positive results on behalf of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s readers. This reporter will be responsible for consistently generating unique content for all AJC platforms – free and paid Web sites, social media accounts and for mobile.

Additionally, he/she must be able to break news often for while quickly turning well-reported dailies and substantial enterprise for Sunday and Page One. 

Fulton County is a major metropolitan area that surrounds Atlanta. It's a rich environment for government and watchdog reporting.

Job Requirements:

  • Five years experience covering a county or municipal government.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in digital media, providing searchable data for Web readers, etc.
  • Displays a clear ability to develop strong, reader-focused story ideas and write about complex concepts with clarity and authority.
  • Fluent in the use of government records and the state and federal open records acts.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and, when warranted, manage and juggle multiple stories simultaneously.
  • Must have strong skills in communicating and collaborating with editors and colleagues.
  • Capacity to shoot own photographs when needed.

Email a resume and 3-5 clips to Assigning Editor Todd Duncan at Please write "Local govt reporter" in the subject line. Deadline: Oct. 11.

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