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Company: Media Network of Central Ohio
Position:
Reporter
Location:
Ohio
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
June 11, 2014
Job ID: 221401

Description:

The Media Network of Central Ohio has immediate openings for full-time news reporters in Chillicothe and Coshocton, Ohio.

This position is tasked with producing routine daily print and online content primarily concerning community, general and feature news. Work must be accurate and completed according to set deadlines. This process may involve collecting basic information, interviewing individuals, writing breaking, in-depth, feature, and project stories and contributing to video reports. Reporters should focus on accountability of public officials through watchdog reporting by asking key questions and probing all supplied information. The position requires use of social media and new technologies to quickly share news and events online.  It will include the acquisition or development of data for use in stories, graphics and online databases. Stories will need to be completed under tight time restraints and for specific target audiences. Works to ensure Gannett programs such as Information Center, Watchdog Reporting, Real Life, Real News, mainstreaming/diversity and defending the First Amendment are reflected in the company's products.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Gather news through attending events, interviews, research, data and other resources, to write stories for all platforms ensuring department's success in initiatives and goals that include immediate online reporting of breaking news, watchdog reporting (holding public officials accountable), Real Life/Real News (creating content meaningful to readers lives) mainstreaming/diversity and reaching targeted audiences. This may include some sports or photo assignments.                                                                                            

  • Use or build community and public affairs knowledge to develop assigned beat by communicating with sources, identifying sources and developing expertise on local issues and stories of importance to our customers.                                                              
  • Use online social media, blogs and online technology to communicate with readers in ways beyond traditional print and digital products.                                                           
  • Obtain data necessary to explain stories to readers, including making public records requests and inquiries necessary to develop database content online.                
  • Assign photographs or other visual elements while working with editors and other staffers to plan visual presentation of completed work.                                   
  • Daily communication of coverage planning with editor by maintaining a news budget list of current and upcoming stories.

 EDUCATIONAL/SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

  • College Degree required
  • Journalism Major preferred
  • News reporting and public affairs reporting experience preferred
  • Typing, computer experience including Word, Excel, and general knowledge of database computer programs.  Telephone skills.  Internet research capabilities.
  • Knowledge of public affairs and basic legal procedures, including public meeting procedures and public records laws.
  • Excellent grammar and spelling abilities, accuracy, attention to detail, customer/client relations, organization and time management, problem solving, communication
  • Valid Ohio drivers license required, meet minimum state insurance requirements.                     

Please submit resume and sample writing clips.

We offer: Competitive salaries, health care, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending account, 401k and stock; paid vacation time and sick leave. Pre-employment drug testing and a background screening are required. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value the benefits of diversity in our workplace including veterans and applicants with disabilities.

All applications must be made at the following link: Chillicothe (http://ohne.ws/1lZ29qW), Coshocton (http://ohne.ws/1lZ2j1q)

 

 

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