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Company: MLive Media Group
Position:
Seeking Experienced City Reporter in Flint, MI
Location:
Michigan
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 15, 2013
Job ID: 1475251

Description:

ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION

The Reporter will report and produce news stories for various platforms, and act as an expert and discussion leader on high-value topics, meeting audience demand for immediacy, depth and engagement.

Seeking strongly self-motivated reporter interested in building a reporting beat from the ground up; Someone capable of writing accurate stories in a timely manner; Someone who understands writing for the web, including SEO, aggregation, social media and multimedia components

 Relevant experience: Police and courts reporting experience (at least 2 years at a daily newspaper). 

To Apply:  Qualified Applicants should submit their resume and cover letter through the WSI Professional Portal at:

http://www.maxhire.net/cp/?E5586A361E43515B79561C653D51172604

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

·     Degree in Journalism or Communications or related field required

·     Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing required

·     Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience

·     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 practices

·     Experience with using social media to source and promote content a plus

·     Demonstrated capability in capitalizing on high-value topics by engaging audiences in frequency and urgency

·     Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms such as Moveable Type CMS, SCC Budgeting and Archiving System, Smartphones

·     Understanding imperatives of multiple platforms – print, mobile, Internet, etc.

·     Mastery of social media and digital interaction

·     Proven ability to utilize a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience

·     Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors

·     Ability to work independently and remotely

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Duties and Responsibilities, work schedules and/or location may change based on evolving business needs

1.  Gather information and write journalistically sound news elements for use in all media platforms, existing and future, that is: balanced and factual; timely and topical; and, well –sourced and contextually correct

2.  Learn and employ all techniques for effective digital “beat-blogging” reporting across all platforms

3.  Post frequent and incrementally posting throughout the day

4.  Engage in story aggregation and topical link-posting

5.  Monitor and engage in reader comment streams on MLive impact pages

6.  Elevate comments into new posts when appropriate

7.  Interact on social media platforms, with story shares, objective commentary, promoting your topic and news organization’s content initiatives

8.  Effectively employ various means for monitoring audience interest and competitors’ posting on your topic, including setting up Google alerts, Twitter and RSS feeds

9.  Maintain operational communication with editor and, when applicable, production center,

10.Understand and use  hardware, software and cloud-based equipment and systems for direct-to-web production and engagement, including but not limited to:

·     a posting photographs and short videos  to the web and any internal production systems

·     remote web reporting, using laptops and smart phones

11.Understand and use our news organization’s audience traffic tracking systems and analytical reports

12.Meet production deadlines

 

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Extensive computer use required. Some travel required.  Ability to work flexible work schedules, including nights, weekends and holidays, as needed

The Company 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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