Watchdog Reporter, Southwest Florida
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Do you want to live in a beautiful community on the Gulf of Mexico? Do you want to write for an engaged readership at a news outlet that is committed to hard-hitting journalism that makes a difference and holds public officials accountable? Do you want to be part of a newsroom that values collaboration and innovation? If so, this is the job for you.
The News-Press and Naples Daily News in Southwest Florida, part of Gannett Inc. and the USA TODAY NETWORK, seek a watchdog reporter who is an ambitious self-starter passionate about making a difference and holding public officials accountable.
This reporter, part of a team of reporters covering various cities and counties, will focus on Cape Coral,one of the state's largest and fastest growing cities with residents hungry for news about how officials' decisions affect their lives.
This reporter will focus on enterprising reporting and investigative coverage, digging into the issues and not settling for simplistic answers. This reporter will follow the money (and those who do the spending) — assuring readers their taxes are being spent wisely — and tell those stories in engaging and innovative ways and on a variety of digital and print platforms. This reporter will help to dissect problems that detract from the quality of life and celebrate those things that make it better. Through a combination of quick hits and deep dives, this reporter will challenge the status quo, highlight solutions, and tell stories of the region's extraordinary people and businesses.
He or she also will identify issues and trends relevant throughout the state, reporting and writing them from a broad perspective for use across the six markets in the USA TODAY NETWORK - Florida, stretching from the east and west coasts to Tallahassee and Pensacola.
This multimedia journalist should have a track record of finding great stories and be experienced in using social media both in reporting and in promoting them. He or she should be adept at source development; have experience using public records, databases, and other digital-focused tools; bring a rock-solid knowledge of AP style; and demonstrate a proven ability to meet daily and weekend deadlines.
- Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- 2 to 3+ years of professional experience; strong data or investigative internship will be considered.
- Experience with public records is required. Database or computer-assisted reporting skills will set applicants apart from others.
- Speed and fluency with digital platforms and content management systems. This is a must.
- Understanding of how to use social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit and how to tell multimedia stories.
- Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
- Strong communication skills, news judgment and headline-writing ability.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize, self-start, multitask, contribute and excel under intense deadline pressure.
- Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
- Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
- A curious mind and conversational approach to writing. This is a role that prizes communication, so clarity is key.
- Fast at writing and ability to take coaching well. We will coach for writing style and tone.
- Organizational skill.
- This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
We offer a competitive base 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, 401(k), employee discount programs and domestic partner benefits.
Interested and qualified journalists, please apply here and include your materials combined into one single document, with as much of the following as possible: your resume, a brief cover letter, and a few examples of your work (portfolio/work samples/clips/links, etc.)
**Your materials must be combined into a single document attachment / upload (preferably in PDF format). The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration.
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.
- Job Family Frontline Journalists
- Job Function Consumer
- Pay Type Hourly
- Florida, USA
- Fort Myers, FL, USA
- Naples, FL, USA