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Company: MLive Media Group
Position:
Experienced Public Affairs Journalist- Kalamazoo, MI
Location:
Michigan
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
October 22, 2013
Job ID: 1494976

Description:

 

 

ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION

The Public Affairs reporter will report and produce news stories for various platforms, and act as a statewide expert and discussion leader on high-value topics, meeting audience demand for immediacy, depth and engagement.  Must be ready to pursue complicated stories on this high level public affairs beat.  Interested Journalists mus have at least 3-5 years post collegiate news experience for a daily print or online publication.  Qualified applicants should submit 3-5 links or attachments to recent and relevant stories, along with a resume by registering through the WSI Professional Portal at:

 http://www.maxhire.net/cp/?E55F68361E43515B79561C6533541E2604 

 

 

Work for what was named 2013's best newspaper of the year!

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/10/kalamazoo_gazette_named_2013_n.html 

 

 

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  1. Degree in Journalism or Communications or related field required
  2. Minimum of 3 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing required
  3. Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience
  4. Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
  5. Demonstrated reporting, writing and organizational skills
  6. Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
  7. Experience with search engine optimization practices
  8. Experience with using social media to source and promote content a plus
  9. Demonstrated capability in capitalizing on high-value topics by engaging audiences in frequency and urgency
  10. 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
  11. Understanding imperatives of multiple platforms – print, mobile, Internet, etc.
  12. Mastery of social media and digital interaction
  13. Proven ability to utilize a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience
  14. Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors
  15. 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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