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LSU beat reporter | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Izzy Gould, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Izzy Gould

    Izzy Gould Member


    Expand your journalism experience by leveraging your breaking news and digital skills in a dynamic work environment with Louisiana's largest news organization. As an LSU beat reporter, you will help us own coverage of LSU athletics with a focus on football and breaking news for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune by joining our award-winning sports staff.

    NOLA Media Group is a digitally-focused news organization encompassing all content, marketing and sales operations for NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune. By bringing together the quality journalism and in-depth coverage of The Times-Picayune with the up-to-the-minute information of NOLA.com, we are ensuring the communities we serve have 24/7 access to what's happening locally and around the world. The Times-Picayune has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes, including two for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Most recently NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, together with WVUE-TV Fox 8, earned a Peabody Award for its groundbreaking investigative series on Louisiana campaign financing and also earned a first-place finish at the Associated Press Sports Editors awards for a project on Hurricane Katrina’s impact on sports 10 years later.

    To be a good fit for this opportunity, you will have:

    • A bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications or a related field, or equivalent experience
    • 1-2 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in breaking news of significance
    • An understanding of how to access and use public records for breaking news stories
    • Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience through various platforms
    • Mastery of social media and digital interaction with audience for reporting and promoting stories
    • Eager to work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
    • A solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
    • Experience with search engine optimization practices
    • Experience taking photos, recording audio and shooting video with the ability to edit
    • An understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of digital platforms, and an understanding of the imperatives of multiple platforms, including print, web, mobile, social media, etc.
    • A proven ability to utilize a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience
    • The ability and desire to remain abreast of industry advances and to proactively consider new methods of reaching audiences, including engaging, interactive and optimized product offerings
    You will have LSU beat reporting responsibilities as part of a two-person team, so versatility and the ability to write authoritatively about multiple sports is key. Your normal work hours may be on the early shift, nights or weekends, so you'll need to have the flexibility to cover what is needed.

    In addition to traditional breaking news and feature reporting, your role will include monitoring coverage and analysis on other sports news outlets and aggregating relevant reporting onto our site. You will also monitor reader response through audience data, comment streams, and social media reaction while engaging with readers on all platforms.

    Ours is a digitally focused, multimedia newsroom; on any given day you may find yourself writing a long-form narrative or a series of incremental updates to a breaking sports report; recording and editing topical video or podcast audio; shooting and editing photos and building online galleries; interacting with readers in live chats or social media comment streams; and optimizing your posts for a social- or search-driven audience in a Content Management System.

    Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

    To excel in this role, you will be a driven, dynamic reporter and writer with the ability to deliver a high volume of content every day. You should be able to proactively identify stories that are trending and respond quickly, keeping the quality of content consistent and engaging. You'll need to be able to succeed in a collaborative environment while also possessing the ability to work independently.

    You'll need to have a demonstrated digital background and to feel at home in the digital world. Because we are an online, daily operation, you will also need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. You should be someone who excels and thrives under pressure and can produce quality work regardless of deadline.

    You can apply here: https://tinyurl.com/y89waz8m

    Contact Sports Editor Jennifer Armstrong: Jennifer_Evans@nola.com
  2. writingump

    writingump Member

    If I'm not mistaken, this gig was previously held by Ron Higgins. Good luck trying to find someone of his ability with anywhere near his institutional knowledge of LSU sports.
  3. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    I thought he was more of a columnist/enterprise/feature guy than beat guy. I believe Ron tweeted he was let go because he was making too much money.
  4. Raven

    Raven Active Member

    Did The Athletic pick him up? LOL
  5. MiamiBoy

    MiamiBoy Active Member

    I heard from a friend of mine in LA that the previous Tigers beat writer is moving to cover the Pelicans.
  6. mn67

    mn67 New Member

  7. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I saw that tweet too. Wondering what happened? His knowledge of the SEC is solid.
  8. AndrettiSJ

    AndrettiSJ Member

    Higgins just announced he'll be taking over at the Clarion Ledger as a Sports Editor/Columnist. The Times-Picayune eliminated his old position three weeks ago according to his tweet.
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