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Sports business/enterprise reporter -- Times Media Network (Shreveport, La.)

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by boundforboston, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. Gannett Co., Inc. the parent company of The Times Media Network has a great opportunity for a Sports business and enterprise Reporter. This reporter covers the business of sports from efforts to grow local professional teams to attracting tournaments and other events and their impact on the local economy and tourism. This reporter also will cover the business of the Independence Bowl and the Regional Sports Commission with an emphasis on watchdog reporting and keeping an eye on how taxpayer dollars are spent. And, he/she will hold college athletic department accountable for how they use their money, craft budgets and spend subsidies. This reporter also will be a team player occasionally pinch-hitting in regular sports coverage and breaking news. In addition to providing rich, diverse daily coverage suitable for sports, 1A or other sections, he or she regularly contributes content for special sports publications and produces video. This reporter also researches, writes and reports compelling journalism that continuously grows a fan base by informing and engaging readers. Acts as a public ambassador through community outreach and connects with readers through social media. Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues. Produces watchdog journalism that leads to change. Works with the content coach, content strategists and audience analysts to shape storytelling to meet audience needs and interests on every platform. Contributes to the community’s greater good through impactful journalism.

    In this role, you will:

    • 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 institutional brand.
    • Coaches and mentors less-experienced journalists.
    • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
    • Performs other duties as necessary.

    Here's what you need:

    • Ability to produce top-notch watchdog journalism.
    • Exceptional cross-platform storytelling skills
    • Exceptional core journalism skills (reporting, producing, editing).
    • Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our customers' time and money.
    • Self-motivation and self-direction.
    • Advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage fan base on digital platforms in the public space.
    • Photo and video skills.
    • Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities.
    • Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
    • Knows how to use time effectively in a 24-hour news environment.
    • Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment.
    • Must embrace peer-to-peer feedback and training.
    • Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company’s goals.
    • Writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.
    • Industry knowledge.
    • Organizational skills.
    • Command of media law and Principles of Ethical Conduct.

    What would be a plus?

    • Bachelor's in Communications, Journalism or equivalent in experience and education.
    • Five years of experience developing a personal brand and fan base.
    • Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.

    We offer competitive pay and benefits including: Comprehensive Health, Dental and Vision coverage, Life Insurance, 401(K) Saving Plan, Paid Vacation, Paid Company Holidays, Paid Time Off to Volunteer in the Community, Employee Discount Program and more!

    About Gannett Co., Inc.

    Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.

    Career Opportunities: Sports business and enterprise reporter (64167)
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