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Education Youth Issues Reporter

Company: Gannett
Location: Palm Springs
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Job Description:

Education & Youth Issues Reporter Palm Springs, CA, USA Req #9165 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of more than 110 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include USA TODAY NETWORK with the iconic USA TODAY and more than 100 local media brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, SweetIQ, and United Kingdom media company Newsquest. To connect with us, visit *************** . Education & Youth Issues Reporter The Desert Sun/ ************* , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for a reporter to cover education, youth and childhood issues in California's Coachella Valley. This area east of Los Angeles includes the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Coachella, and Indio, and is bursting with amazing stories to chase or conceive. Education and issues relating to children and youth are of great interest to our key audiences. We are looking for candidates fluent in English and Spanish who have strong social media and writing skills and want to own this beat. This job requires engaging not only with educators but also parents, students, taxpayers, local politicians, nonprofits and both public and private school administrators. A strong candidate will cover breaking news, provide smart enterprise and feature coverage of broader trends, and develop watchdog projects that hold agencies and institutions accountable. This reporter will also cover local colleges. 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 education 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 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. * 2-5 years of reporting experience. Experience covering education, youth or children, and working with datasets and/or retrieving public records through the FOIA/CPRA process. * 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. * 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 intense deadline pressure. * Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently. * Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style. * Fluency in English/Spanish is an advantage. * 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 pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check. 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 consideration. #Content 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 status. Other details * Job Family Columnist and Journalist * Job Function Consumer * Pay Type Hourly * Required Education Equivalent Experience

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