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Company: Alabama Media Group
Position:
Reporter
Location:
Alabama
Job Status:  Not Specified
Ad Expires: 
March 25, 2013
Job ID: 1470831

Description:

Alabama Media Group is seeking a well-rounded reporter with a history of success in digital media to grow coverage of Dothan and the southeastern part of the state. Whether you’re an industry veteran enthused by the digital platform and excited about transforming your career for the future; or someone who is new in your career but enjoying attention from writing an engaging blog, this role could be the perfect fit.

To be a successful applicant for this role you will need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field (preferred), or a combination of education and/or experience including a strong track record of writing success.
  • A minimum of two years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing. You should be able to use a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience.
  • Experience covering a variety of assignment topics including crime, community news, breaking news, government and/or politics.
  • Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience.
  • The ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately.
  • Demonstrated reporting, writing and organizational skills.
  • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure.
  • Experience with search engine optimization (SEO) practices.
  • Comfort working in breaking news situations including understanding the standards and philosophy of real-time news.
  • The demonstrated ability to capitalize on high-value topics by engaging audiences with frequency and urgency.
  • Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms.
  • A mastery of social media and digital interaction; experience using social media to source and promote content is highly preferred.
  • The ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from its competitors.
  • The drive and ability to work independently and remotely.
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed, to provide 24/7/365 media coverage. Such a schedule could include nights and/or weekends.
  • The ability to travel on occasion and to come into the office for a meeting or training approximately once per month.

In addition to these requirements, you should have strong computer skills and the ability to take compelling photographs or video. You'll need to understand and use hardware, software, and cloud-based equipment and systems for direct-to-web production and engagement, including:

  • Posting photographs and/or short videos to the web and other internal production systems.
  • Remote web reporting using laptops and smartphones.

If you are interested in applying for this role, e-mail your cover letter, a resume and links to your work and social media presences to News Director for Emerging Markets Scott Walker, swalker@al.com
 

Alabama Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.  

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