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The Journal News.lohud.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for a reporter to cover education in Westchester County, a high-profile beat of great interest to our key audiences. We are looking for candidates with strong social media and writing skills who will want to own the education beat, engage with parents, taxpayers and educators, and deliver high-interest content. A strong candidate must be able to cover breaking news from individual school districts as the need arises, provide smart and fresh coverage of regional and statewide education trends that affect our key audiences, and develop enterprise and watchdog projects that hold public school districts accountable.


Duties:

  • Create regular content about education (articles, social media post, videos, photos) that accurately informs and engages our audiences. Provide thoughtful, clear, engaging analysis of complex issues. Balance daily stories, enterprise stories that demonstrate regional education trends, and longer term watchdog projects on subjects of particular interest to our audiences. 50%

  • Plan and execute engagement opportunities with our key audiences, not only through digital and print articles but through social media, participation in community events, creating and appearing in videos, and more. Connect with parents, taxpayers, educators and students when appropriate to establish expertise on education and The Journal News/lohuds key role in delivering education content. 20%

  • Work with news director, direct editor/coach and audience analyst to evaluate whats working and whats not and continue revising plans to better satisfy audience needs. 15%

  • Collaborate with the visuals and production teams to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e., photos, videos, graphics). Capture basic photos and videos as needed. 15%

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • HOW TO APPLY We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, dont limit your upload to a resume; show us what youve 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 3-5 online samples of your work. Show us what youve 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 in a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

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