Date Posted October 23, 2019
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Sports/Outdoors
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website http://www.rgj.com

Description:

The Reno Gazette-Journal/rgj.com part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a dynamic, metrics-informed newsroom leader to join its team of journalists serving Nevada’s Biggest Little City – and directly supporting sports reporters at four other USA TODAY Network newsrooms in Utah and California: The (St. George) Spectrum, Redding Record Searchlight, Visalia Times-Delta and The (Salinas) Californian.

This newly created position will provide strategic leadership to at least six sports reporters in five newsrooms, including two direct reports in Reno, where the Nevada Wolf Pack’s Division 1 teams are a local obsession.

You will be a leader in reinventing local high school and community sports coverage as we leave gamers in the rearview. We shouldn’t be the first to tell you that a winning sports strategy is the No. 1 way to grow digital subscriptions – you should be all over that already and be eager to show us your plan for capitalizing on it.

You’re not just a stat-head or a sports fan – although it’s cool if you are. You must be a fan of sports fans and a fan of community residents throughout three western states who demand authoritative news delivered with a direct impact on their lives. Your knowledge of SEO and how readers come to consume our content will serve you better than your ability to explain OPS.

The Gazette-Journal has long been a transformative force within the USA TODAY Network, and you’ll bring that to our sports coverage. We aren’t interested in talking about game coverage. However, talk to us about ranking everything, providing multimedia-rich coverage of athletes in action, insightful analysis of major trends and surprising insight into the people and forces influencing our local sports scene and you’ll have our attention.

The Reno Gazette-Journal is the leading news organization in Northern Nevada, focusing on journalism that aims to change lives and laws for the better. Its newsroom includes FAA-certified drone photographers, podcasters who’ve made nationally recognized shows and savvy public records hounds who consistently get results with their investigations. It’s won countless awards over the years, from a Pulitzer Prize to many top nods from the Nevada Press Association. Recently, some of its biggest accolades include a Murrow Award and a finalist nod for the Knight Award for Public Service. It's been covering this part of the country for nearly 150 years.

Reno is part of a thriving metropolitan area that includes about 450,000 residents. While it’s known first for its downtown casinos, Reno has emerged as one of the top destinations to live for people who love the outdoors thanks to the vicinity of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake and the Sierra Nevada range. If skiing is your kind of thing, it takes about a half hour drive from downtown Reno to get on a chairlift. We’re located about two hours from Sacramento and four hours from the Bay Area. 

The Gazette-Journal is a digitally oriented newsroom that demands excellence in multi-platform storytelling. Want to wow us? Go beyond the byline. Show us how you can bring your work to readers in real time and via the many multimedia tools at your disposal. Show us excellent communication skills mixed with an inquisitive mind and a bold use of diverse sources. If you can show us those traits, we’d love to win with you.

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Application Instructions:  

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order: 

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job. 

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.
 

Here's what we have to offer:

We offer a competitive salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5%, are eligible for a 100% Company match!

Gannett Co., is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.

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