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Company: SourceMedia Group - Gazette Communications
In-Depth Reporter
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 29, 2013
Job ID: 1479371



The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking an enterprise/in-depth reporter to work on a growing digital team focused on in-depth reporting and online storytelling. This reporter will work across subject areas and beats to generate high—impact, agenda-setting stories. They’ll be expected to frequently step outside the traditional article format. 


The ideal candidate will have a passion for explanatory reporting, “explainer” style reporting and alternative story forms (i.e. fact checks, charticles). They’ll be able to put complex topics into context and be able to use a variety of methods to explain concepts. While this position will not be assigned to a specific topic, you should expect ongoing work related to understanding local government decisions, social services and economic development.


Our ideal candidate will use an array of digital tools to develop reporting and storytelling. The reporter should be an ambitious self-starter who works well in a team setting and brings an investigative mindset to their work.


The ideal candidate will have familiarity with audio and video, the utilization of social media in reporting and should have basic editing abilities. They should also be able to utilize data, embrace interactive visualizations and be comfortable with curating content. They should be comfortable working on ongoing projects


This candidate should have some previous experience and should be comfortable in an environment where they can grow, but you’ll be expected to collaborate and help others grow, too. While this position is assigned to digital team, they will frequently be expected to provide work for the print platform. This position will work alongside data visualization and database specialists which can add additional reporting support.


Our organization:

Our news operation is converged and is a quality-driven newsroom that combines digital, print and broadcast for The Gazette,, KCRG-TV9,, as well as several niche sites. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is employee owned. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news agencies. While we’re focused in Cedar Rapids -- Iowa’s second-largest city – we have bureaus in Des Moines and Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa. The region is rich with things to do outside of work hours.


Qualifications & requirements:

Ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, inquisitive, creative go-getter and problem-solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication and team-building skills. Candidate must be highly organized, a confident decision-maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching. Juggling multiple deadlines simultaneously should be expected, and you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. An undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, informatics/computer science or a related course of study is required. Understanding of journalism ethics and communication law is desired.


To Apply:

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, links to portfolio or previous work samples to sourcemediahr@sourcemedia.netor apply online at


The Gazette Company

PO Box 511

500 Third Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

Or E-mail:


Pre-Employment drug screen required. EOE


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