State Government Accountability Watchdog Reporter
Posted on: January 17, 2020
Thursday, December 19, 2019
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State Government Accountability Watchdog Reporter
The Statesman Journal/statesmanjournal.com, part of the USA TODAY
NETWORK, located in Salem, Oregon, has an opening for an
experienced reporter with a proven track record of breaking big
stories, holding state leaders accountable and providing meaningful
legislative coverage that resonates with readers.
This reporter is the Statesman Journal's lead reporter on state
government, coordinating with a second reporter, with coverage
responsibility for several state agencies, budgets, audits and
elections. Public records and data experience are a must. Coverage
expectations include investigative work, news analysis and
exclusive enterprise stories.
We are a digital-first organization that puts an emphasis on
posting online first. This journalist must have a talent and
passion for digital storytelling that leads to increased digital
subscriptions and digital audience growth.
Salem is Oregon's state capital. The Statesman Journal covers
Marion and Polk counties in the Mid-Willamette Valley, home to
hundreds of vineyards and wineries and craft breweries. The
Statesman Journal is one hour from Portland, 90 minutes from the
Oregon Coast, and amazing outdoor experiences are even closer.
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 and outreach
(social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.)
Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
Works with content strategist and audience analyst to evaluate
what's working and what's not and develops ongoing plans to better
satisfy audience needs.
Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements
for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic
photos and video as needed.
Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the
Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and
Performs other duties as necessary.
Explores and reports on the widest range of news and trends,
connecting with our audience's passion.
Content strategies include print, branded digital platforms,
traditional and emerging social media, events, apps and curation of
contributed and expert content.
Places a high priority on data analysis to identify trends that
would otherwise go unreported.
Strategizes and executes distribution and optimization plans for
Demonstrates clear concise writing skills with strong nut graphs
and "why this is important to me" content.
Requires outstanding research skills and extensive contacts that
can break news.
Requires the ability to create trust within their niche community.
The primary channel will be our digital products first, but the
content will also make its way into printed publications.
Identifies, cultivates and curates contributed, authoritative
content and reporting that expands the footprint of the beat.
Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of 3 years' reporting/newsroom experience.
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.
Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote
Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital
Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the
Must be willing to travel on short notice, to cover breaking news
Work weekends and nights as needed by the news cycle.
This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable
transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by
Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment
background check and drug screen (for driving roles only).
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role.
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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 or online portfolio. 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
Here's what we have to offer:
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,
employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k)
is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are
eligible for a 100% Company match!
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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
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