Government and Politics reporter

Nashville, TN, USA ● Tennessee, USA Req #15397
Sunday, June 13, 2021

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The Tennessean and the USA Today Network - Tennessee is seeking a Nashville city government and politics reporter to join our dynamic newsroom. Nashville is a booming city but one facing a host of challenges, too. Those range from financial sustainability and how to balance tremendous growth with needed city services to how its police department interacts with minority communities.

The successful candidate will regularly break news, tell stories about how policy and the actions of the mayor and 40-member city council impact Nashvillians and its diverse residents and neighborhoods.

The writer who joins our award-winning team will have a commitment to holding those in power accountable, reporting on solutions, a passion for storytelling and innovation, video and social media expertise and the ability to collaborate with colleagues. The ideal candidate produces smart, context-filled stories and other content on tight deadlines and understands the difference in writing for various platforms.

This is a high-profile position in the Nashville newsroom and requires a versatile journalist equally skilled in building and working sources as well as developing and reporting new angles on trending topics.

The successful candidate will:

  • Report and deliver a steady stream of news stories to a growing audience that looks to The Tennessean as the definitive source of news for Nashville and Middle Tennessean.

  • Put a human face on the news, approaching the beat through the lens of how policies impact Nashvillians, particularly in key target audiences.

  • Bring a digital mindset to the beat, using social media savvy to bring news to readers where they are. That means employing real-time metrics to respond to audience demand and reader interest.

  • Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.

  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues and produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.

  • Act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connect with readers through social media platforms.

Here's what you need:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or related discipline

  • At least three to five 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

The USA Today Network – Tennessee consists of The Tennessean in Nashville, the Knoxville News Sentinel, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, The Daily Herald in Columbia and the Oak Ridger in Oak Ridge. We are an energetic and fast-paced media company with a news team committed to covering Tennessee. If you’re looking for a rewarding challenge, the USA Today Network – Tennessee is the place to be.


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Other details

  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Nashville, TN, USA
  • Tennessee, USA