|Date Posted||June 25, 2020|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
|Required Education||Bachelor's Degree|
The Dallas Morning News seeks an experienced City Hall reporter to cover Dallas, a dynamic city with a diverse population of more than 1.3 million. The beat poses extraordinary opportunities and challenges as city officials cope with the coronavirus pandemic and urgent calls for police reform.
The ideal candidate will be adept at breaking and juggling urgent daily news while being skilled at identifying and writing smart, revealing enterprise stories and analyses off the beat. We’re looking for a reporter with sharp news judgment and the ability to be selective about what’s most important. This City Hall reporter should make it a mission to write about how city policies -- or lack thereof -- affect residents of one of the state’s most populous cities while serving as a watchdog.
We want this reporter to look closely at how the city is responding to the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on impoverished communities, calls for police reform, endemic racism, gentrification and housing challenges. Other top issues include the sometimes fraught relationships between the mayor, elected a year ago, and the city’s 14 council members, and how millions of dollars in budget shortfalls will affect city planning.
The ideal candidate will be able to work independently but also collaboratively with other members of the Dallas Hub, which is responsible for reporting on the county and on police accountability, and the entire News Vertical.
This job requires a flexible work schedule, including some nights, weekends and possible holidays.
At least five years’ related experience in newspaper reporting and editing is ideal, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field.
Demonstrated strong writing skills.
Proven ability to quickly build trust and sources.
Prior political reporting or editing experience is preferred.
The ideal candidate understands and can serve both our digital and print audiences.
Familiarity with article analytics and using them to determine reporting priorities
Ability to speak a second or multiple languages is preferred.
Application deadline is July 13.