Government/Politics Reporter

Brevard County, FL, USA Req #16520
Thursday, June 10, 2021

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FLORIDA TODAY, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a reporter consumed by a love of local government and politics to cover county and municipal authorities on Florida’s Space Coast. We’re looking for an experienced, proven journalist who loves to dig, who can handle a demanding mix of daily beat coverage and long-form enterprise, and who is deeply curious about political power and those who wield it.


We value accuracy, fairness and fearless reporting. If you settle for simplistic answers from bureaucrats, this is not the job for you.


Brevard County, with a population more than 600,000, faces environmental, growth, social justice and political challenges. You will have a commitment to holding those in power accountable, reporting on solutions, a passion for storytelling and innovation, using video and social media to tell stories as well as to find stories, develop sources and promote your reporting.


The ideal candidate would have some background covering politics, government and elections and a proven track record of using public records and data to find hidden stories. You can produce smart, context-filled stories on tight deadlines, and you understand the difference in writing for print and digital platforms. A distinctive writing style is important, as is the ability to collaborate.


The successful candidate will regularly break news, tell stories about how policy and the actions of the county commission and other government bodies impact Brevard County’s diverse residents and communities.


As government and politics reporter you will be responsible for developing sources on your beat, using public records and databases to uncover stories, tracking the money, from government spending to campaign contributions and expenditures, and writing a mix of daily and enterprise stories. You will know when to quickly post stories online and then develop them further as needed. You will also know how to use social media tools to develop, distribute and enhance stories.


Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or related discipline
  • At least three years of reporting experience
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to produce accurate and detailed content in a competitive environment
  • Expertise with all major social media platforms
  • Video production skills a plus
  • A valid driver's license is required


This is a high-profile position in the Florida Today newsroom and requires a versatile journalist.

This position is full-time with benefits and you'll be based in our office in Rockledge on Florida’s Space Coast, where beach trips and rocket launches are part of our community’s daily life. We're surrounded by water and beautiful parks. The communities that make up the Space Coast are growing and we're a short drive from Orlando. As part of the USA TODAY Network, there are opportunities for a statewide and national platform, as well as growth potential.


Please include a cover letter to tell us why you’re right for this job.


We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds.

Gannett Co., Inc. 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. 

Other details

  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Brevard County, FL, USA