General Reporter

Dickinson, North Dakota

Date Posted May 14, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable
Website http://www.thedickinsonpress.com

Description:

 

The Dickinson Press is seeking a versatile and energetic enterprise reporter to western North Dakota. 

We are looking for someone with a clear understanding of how to dig for a story, research it, write it with an edge and use strong storytelling to make it impactful and memorable. The ideal candidate is an aggressive reporter with deep curiosity and unrelenting commitment to get to the bottom of an issue and hold individuals accountable.

The ideal candidate will have experience reporting in a newspaper or digital newsroom and be proficient in data analysis and other computer-assisted reporting skills. This person will work to enterprise and break local stories regularly, as well as work on longer term special projects. Must have experience producing multimedia stories and capable of generating photos, videos and infographics. Applicants should provide a portfolio of such examples with a sound understanding of the open records, sunshine and FOIA processes. 

Dickinson is the gateway to North Dakota’s Badlands, historic Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Residents will have ample opportunities for outdoor adventure, along with a vibrant nightlife, shopping and microbreweries. 

Other responsibilities include:

  • Research and report on assigned topics and issues.

  • Determine story focus and write/ produce stories according to editorial style and format standards for all relevant publishing platforms.

  • Drive audience loyalty and digital growth through engaging and timely content.

  • Develop unique story ideas and content around key categories that drive digital memberships and reader engagement.

  • Respond with urgency to breaking news, which includes writing stories and producing visuals on deadline with a digital audience in mind.

  • Collaborate with digital teams and make use of available tools and technology to gain insight into story metrics, determine new ways to create and present content online.

  • Embrace a creative, collaborative approach with other team members and with other FCC departments and locations.

  • Contribute to the overall advancement of digital initiatives; share and promote digital content through various social media channels.

Position Requirements:

  • Writing experience for a newspaper, website, magazine or specialty publication is required.

  • Experience using digital analytics and social media tools is preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of video and photo editing is preferred.

  • Some experience in proofreading or editing is preferred; AP Style knowledge is a plus. 

  • Journalism or communications degree is helpful, though equivalent experience will be considered.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

  • A strong sense of purpose and urgency for the news.

  • Must be able to multitask and juggle many different projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work quickly and accurately using a Web-based content management system. 

  • Must be creative, hardworking and a self-starter.

At Forum Communications Company, our legacy is deeply rooted in harnessing the power of communication to connect and inform people in the communities we serve. Since 1917, everything we do is driven by creating and sharing information, ideas and insights.

Today, we're a leading media and technology company that's home to a family of people whose passion and purpose is fueled by collaboration and innovation We believe in supporting each other, working hard towards common goals and having fun.

Come for the perks:  Excellent employee culture, competitive pay, 401(k), company-paid volunteer time, health and wellness initiatives for all employees. Additional perks for full-time positions include comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time off, paid holidays and paid time off for birthday, paid parental and pregnancy disability leave for qualifying employees.

Stay for the people: Family-owned and operated since 1917, development and growth opportunities, inclusive, creative culture, safe working environment, employees of all ages and backgrounds, positive collaboration.

To apply:  Email resume, cover letter and 3 work samples to: James Miller Jr, Editor, jmiller@thedickinsonpress.com

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