Space Trending Reporter

USA TODAY Network, Melbourne, Florida

Date PostedSeptember 25, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

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FLORIDA TODAY is seeking a Space Trending Reporter. Social media drives this reporter as they monitor top platforms and channels (Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, Google Trends as an example), looking for the most-talked about topics and the most-asked questions.

This reporter is expected to pounce on trending space topics, whether something SpaceX CEO Elon Musk just tweeted, the latest deep space discovery posted by NASA or whatever has the space community abuzz. This involves not only independent reporting but also curating. The expectation are stories that are engaging, quickly produced and contribute to our Space Team brand. Visuals are critical and sometimes video and/or photo will be the primary or sole platform for storytelling. Video skills are a must. 

This reporter must be comfortable engaging with the public and thinking of creative ways to expand our audience.

In addition, this reporter will be an essential part of our launch team coverage from KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That means this reporter should expect late night/early morning and weekend work. Training will be provided. The expectation is live launch countdown reporting and other launch-related duties as needed.

Space is a critical franchise for FLORIDA TODAY and, with Kennedy Space Center located here, it is the life blood of our community. This reporter will work as part of a three-person space team. We would expect this person to come up with their own watchdog/in-depth stories to pursue and to collaborate with the more senior space team reporters. This position does require some journalism experience but we are open to hungry new graduates who can provide examples of published work.

Please include a cover letter and tell us why you’re right for this job. Samples or links to your work will also be extremely helpful.

FLORIDA TODAY is part of the USA TODAY Network.

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