Public Safety & Breaking News Reporter
The Telegram & Gazette/telegram.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is hiring a Public Safety & Breaking News Reporter to cover stories as they develop via social media and mobile platforms.
Along with breaking news, this reporter will develop quick-turn enterprise stories covering public safety and crime in Worcester County as well as other general assignments as needed. Flexibility is key in this job, which includes coverage of public safety agencies, but is more than just a cops beat.
This reporter will be expected to write fast breaking news as well as regular enterprise focusing on public safety accountability, key court cases and court administration and general assignment topics. One day may involve covering bigger crime stories, while another day is digging into more in-depth issues involving police.
This is a reporter who possesses the compassion and empathy to navigate an interview with someone who is dealing with tragedy and tell their story in a compelling and emotional way, but also has the aggressiveness to hold public officials accountable.
The ideal candidate is bilingual (conversational in Spanish) and an aggressive journalist who is just as comfortable working outside the newsroom as inside it. We want someone who will break news in real time, and then keep readers updated as the story evolves.
We put an emphasis on digital over print, and most of our stories develop online and feature visuals, including photos and video, as a key element in storytelling. Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone will prove beneficial for the successful candidate.
This job is based in Worcester, Massachusetts, but requires frequent travel around Worcester County.
The City of Worcester is located in the center of Massachusetts, between Boston and Springfield, Worcester is known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth.” Worcester offers a great opportunity to own or rent, raise a family or live independently.
Worcester is a city that offers the best of both large and small cities with its affordable housing; quality public schools; many colleges and universities; access to diverse culture, sports, restaurants and entertainment; and reliable local and regional transportation.
- Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.
- Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.
- Connects with the community through storytelling.
- Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
- Works with content coach and digital partners to evaluate what’s working and what’s not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
- Collaborates with photographers to provide all appropriate elements for stories. Captures basic photos and video as needed.
- Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Bachelor’s or master’s in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience. We will also consider candidates with strong internships.
- Minimum of 1-2 years’ professional reporting/newsroom experience.
- Strong preference will be given to candidates fluent in Spanish.
- Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
- Strong command of AP grammar and style.
- Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and “publication ready.”
- Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
- Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
- A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsrooms.
- Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
- Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
- Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
- Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
- Able to work occasional late nights as needed by the news cycle.
- This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
- Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and a motor vehicle record check & drug screen (for driving roles only).
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:
- Your resume – one to two pages.
- A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
- Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
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.
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