Location: Palm Springs
Posted on: July 10, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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The Desert Sun/desertsun.comin Palm Springs, California, part of
the USA TODAY NETWORK, seeks a business reporter to cover the
Coachella Valley and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on real
estate and the marijuana industry.
This person will join a highly motivated team of reporters who
cover a wide variety of topics, in a vibrant slice of Southern
California that is rich with coverage opportunities. They will be
expected to identify important stories and write authoritatively
for a local, and sometimes a national, audience.
Our ideal candidate will be curious about land deals, zoning issues
and permitting, and not afraid to dig into the details of
legislation or a big data set. At the same time, this reporter
needs to be able to connect with humans and find the real-life
people who are affected by policy decisions and economic
Developing sources among local businesspeople, elected officials,
real estate agents, farmers and more is required. In any given
week, our business reporter might be writing about a Kardashian
buying a mansion in Indio, Mike Tyson making plans for a cannabis
resort in Desert Hot Springs, a grape grower facing labor
shortages, and how Amazon operates one of its massive fulfillment
centers in the Moreno Valley.
This journalist needs to be facile with numbers and familiar with
general business and economic principles and have a knack for
synthesizing and explaining complicated topics in accessible
We expect a mix of daily news stories and longer narrative and
investigative pieces, and we encourage this reporter to experiment
with new ways to present information using new technologies and on
This can include work with data visualization, video, standalone
audio, or content specifically oriented to social media.
Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and
engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of
Works toward becoming the community's leading voice in area of
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 business beat in the
Coachella Valley and surrounding areas.
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
Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the
Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and
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
Proficiency navigating business filings, court documents and public
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, like social media,
internet-based research and digital publishing platforms.
Experience with data journalism techniques is a major 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 to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP
Fluency in Spanish is an advantage.
This beat will sometimes include evening or weekend work hours.
This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable
transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by
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:--
Your resume - one to two pages.
A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
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
Here's what we have to offer:
We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities.
We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes
medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability,
long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays,
employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k)
is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are
eligible for a 100% Company match!
Gannett Co., is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug
free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will
consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color,
national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance,
sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities,
disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran
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