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Seeking Top Reporter for Hudson County, NJ
New Jersey
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
September 26, 2013
Job ID: 1522923



The Local Reporter (Hudson County) is responsible for generating dynamic, engaging content in Hudson County and engaging the local community both online and off, through a visible presence on the web site and in the assigned County. In addition to interacting with users, the Local Reporter continuously seeks to generate and promote user-generated content.


Job Functions:


  • Content creation and promotion
  • Cover news countywide, both reporting on breaking news and developing enterprise coverage, with a particular focus on an assigned beat in Hudson County. Combine aggregation with original reporting to produce dynamic coverage for the web.


  • Post a minimum of four optimized blog entries daily, including multimedia whenever possible, meant to inform and engage users.


  • Help maintain relevant county Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and use them to promote County content; continuously interact with users on those social networks.


  • Establish contact with engaged community users; encourage them to contribute to the County pages (via guest blog posts, photos and videos) and highlight their contributions on County pages.


  • Collaborate with the SEO and SMO producers to ensure best practices are followed relative to the content.


  • Community involvement


  • Maintain an active, regular presence in the community.


  • Establish contact with town newsmakers and leverage those contacts to generate content and promote the County page.


  • Appear regularly at community events for the purpose of generating information for blog posts, as well as videos and photos.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of New Jersey’s structure, systems and geography
  • Strong reporting and writing ability
  • Comfortable working in breaking news situations; understanding of the standards and philosophy of real-time news
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Experience with web-based content management applications
  • Early adopter of new technologies, new processes and best practices for creating and maintaining digital content to grow audience
  • Results-oriented, with experience in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Good communications and problem solving capabilities
  • Established track record of planning and implementing large-scale digital media projects and growing audience


Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university and 2 years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Educational background in journalism, communications or a related field highly preferred
  • Experience covering transportation, real estate and/or business preferred.
  • Professional experience writing, producing and packaging digital content in a fast-paced, competitive situation
  • Demonstrated ability with producing and editing multimedia
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed, to provide 24/7 site coverage


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