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Environmental Beat Reporter

Company: Gannett
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services.Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 46 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns the digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, Inc., UpCurve, Inc., and WordStream, Inc., which are marketed under the LOCALiQ brand, and runs the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures.To connect with us, visit Beat ReporterThe Indianapolis Star/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, has an immediate opening for a reporter to cover environmental issues in Indianapolis, Central Indiana, statewide and beyond. This person will be part of a two-person reporting team that is funded through a grant by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. IndyStar successfully completed the first 3-year grant and has been renewed for a second 3-year grant.IndyStar's environmental team is attached to our nationally recognized investigations team and reports directly to the News and Investigations Director. This team is comprised of journalists who have produced work at the highest level, including being awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and two IRE Medals. Environmental coverage is defined broadly and includes a range of topics: toxic health risks, wildlife, energy, recycling, social justice, natural resources, even agriculture.Our ideal candidate will be able to cover this beat from various perspectives. We are looking for significant beat coverage that will result in smart, sophisticated trend coverage, enterprise and watchdog/investigative work. That coverage should be driven by the experiences of those most affected - and with an eye toward identifying and solving problems that affect quality of life.We also are looking for someone who understand the value of reaching those audiences through various storytelling formats. At times, we will want in-depth sophisticated issue coverage - again, driver by those affected - but contextualized by experts. In other cases, we might very well want more easily digestible consumer-focused coverage such as How to Best Handle Household Hazardous Waste.We expect a mix of daily news stories, weekend pieces longer-term enterprise. We also encourage this reporter to experiment with new ways to present information using new technologies and on new platforms. This can include work with data visualization, video, standalone audio, or content specifically oriented to social media. The environmental team is especially prolific on social media, with its own Facebook page "The Scrub" that drives significant audience engagement. This reporter will work closely with the other environmental reporter, who is a member of our investigations team, .The Indianapolis Star is an award-winning newsroom that emphasizes accountability journalism, sophisticated trend/enterprise coverage and urgency. It is also a newsroom filled with outstanding journalists who are good to each - eager to help, work in teams and support one another.As such, the idea candidate will also be a team player who has a desire to share knowledge and learn from others. We look for journalists who possess specific traits: intellectual curiosity, a sense of justice/purpose, kindness, passion and compassion.Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Cultivate sources and keep a pulse on the real estate markets in Indianapolis, Central Indiana and statewide.
  • Produce a mix of daily, enterprise and in-depth articles.
  • Incorporate contemporary digital journalism tools in day-to-day reporting, including basic digital photo and video, social media and other web-based journalism tools.
  • Learn and integrate new skills as they become relevant to our mission, in a cross-functional and highly collaborative newsroom.
  • Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.Requirements:
    • Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism, business, marketing or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • At least two years in journalism with experience covering business.
    • Proficiency navigating business filings, court documents and public records.
    • Reliably clear and compelling copy, whether with quick breaking news or in-depth investigations.
    • A thirst for stories behind the veneer.
    • Competence with digital journalism tools, such as social media, internet-based research and digital publishing platforms.
    • Experience with data journalism techniques is a plus.
    • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
    • Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
    • Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
    • Ability to multitask and excel under deadline pressure.
    • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
    • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
    • Fluency in Spanish is an advantage.
    • This beat will sometimes include some evening or weekend work hours.
    • 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, motor vehicle record check & urinalysis drug screen (for driving roles only).We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don't limit your upload to a resume; show us what you've done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:1. Your resume - one to two pages.2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. 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 consideration.#ContentGan.contentGannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. As such, we will consider all qualified applicants for employment and do not discriminate in connection with employment decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee's race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, personal appearance (including height and weight), sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy status (including childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), education, genetic characteristics or information, political affiliation, military or veteran status or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state and local laws in the jurisdictions where Gannett employs employees. In addition, Gannett Co., Inc. will provide applicants who require a reasonable accommodation, as a result of an applicant's disability or religion, to complete this employment application and/or any other process in connection with an individuals' application for employment with Gannett Co., Inc. Applicants who require such accommodation should contact Gannett Co., Inc.'s Recruitment Department at

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