Digital First Media

  • Reporter

    Job Locations US-CA-San Rafael
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Requisition ID
    2018-1474
    Time Type
    Full-Time
    Employment Type
    Regular
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    Overview

    Marin Independent Journal is searching for a reporter to report and write news and feature stories from Marin County. The Marin Independent Journal, an award-winning daily newspaper just north of San Francisco covering Marin County's 11 cities and towns, seeks a sharp and enthusiastic reporter to cover city government and more.

     

    We are a dynamic and fast-paced daily with an intelligent readership and a variety of interesting community issues. We're looking for a strong writer who is curious and thoughtful, pays keen attention to detail and is fired up about using digital tools to tell stories.

     

    We do it all here at the Marin Independent Journal-- short web hits, live event coverage, longer enterprise-style pieces for our section fronts, all while posting, tweeting, taking video and live blogging. #BANG

     

    Responsibilities

    A reporter is a representative of the newspaper and has a great deal of contact with the public. They must be personable--and discerning when it comes to sizing up a person's character. They must be able to understand and explain municipal budgets and governmental processes, and to communicate effectively with the public and with other newsroom employees. News happens night and day, and a reporter must be flexible when it comes to story assignments and work shifts. Because many local government decisions occur at night meetings, a reporter must often work night shifts to cover the news. The job involves daily deadlines. A reporter must be able to gather the news quickly and efficiently, and write clear stories, often under tight deadline pressure, Reporters are responsible for

    1. Filing both daily stories and news briefs from their areas of assigned beat coverage
    2. Staying in contact with key sources on their beats and constantly developing new sources
    3. Working with the city desk on coverage priorities
    4. Maintaining an updated story budget that lists their projected stories for the coming week

    Reporters are expected, in consultation with the city desk, to maintain a list of enterprise story ideas and to produce in-depth enterprise projects on a regular basis.



     

    Qualifications

     

    • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication or similar field
    • 2 - 3 years of experience in a similar job at a daily or weekly newspaper

    Previous newspaper experience covering local government and general assignment topics; familiarity with social media tools, excellent writing skills, flexibility in night and/or weekend work, and the ability to work quickly and efficiently on deadline.

     

    Marin Independent Journal is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for all job openings are welcome and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by state, federal or local law. It is the intent of the Company to comply with all applicable federal, state and local legislation concerning equal opportunity in employment will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

     

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