USA TODAY is Looking a Versatile Digital-First Reporter to Play a Key Role on National News Desk at Nights
USA TODAY is looking for a curious self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment, embraces tight deadlines and values collaboration with editors and reporters at USA TODAY and across their 250-plus local newsrooms.
You’ll need a sharp eye for finding smart angles in big news moments and the ability to quickly assemble those pieces into a concise package.
You’ll need to be versatile, too, regularly pivoting from one breaking story to another in the same day and rallying other days to issues-based reporting off the news.
This position can be remote, with preference for candidates in the western U.S.
Job Level: Reporter I
Minimum Salary: $55,000
- Create content (articles, videos, photos, and social media posts) about local news that accurately informs, entertains, and engages key audiences and platforms with metrics.
- Provide thoughtful, in-depth reporting of complex issues.
- Work with editors to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
- Mentor colleagues.
- Collaborate with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e., photos, videos, and graphics).
- Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Perform other duties as necessary.
- Bachelor's or master’s degree in journalism or any other subject or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- At least two years of reporting experience.
- Strong competitive instincts and intellectual curiosity.
- Ability to think and act tactically and strategically.
- Proficiency in AP style and grammar.
- Excellent collaboration and communication skills.
- Comfortable using social media to report and promote stories.
- Understands media law, reporting ethics and sourcing.
- 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.
- 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 them 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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