Diversity Reporter

Editorial Fort Worth, TX


Description

Position at Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Roughly 28 percent of our population is Hispanic, 17 percent are African American and 6 percent are Asian, per census data.

We will continue to grow, accommodating newcomers with jobs and welcoming them to our community.

The Star-Telegram is searching for a reporter who will tell stories about how a diversity of people engages with each other, principally focused on our growing Hispanic community. This reporter will also look at how we can identify and develop impactful stories across all of our other diverse communities.

The idea: how can we create more and better understanding of shared challenges and opportunities?

There will be an accountability journalism element to this beat. Examples of relevant questions for this reporter: Are residents in micro-communities receiving the same level of city services? Are people of different ethnicities, sexes and orientations being treated the same by employers? Are our voting districts being redrawn in a non-discriminatory manner?

The ideal candidate will report on a wide range of issues in English and Spanish.

He or she will work with team members at the Star-Telegram to develop and grow audience across social media. Awareness of platforms available to us as we look to tell these stories - from video to social media to messaging applications - is critical.

This reporter will be expected to move fast on breaking stories for digital platforms, but also produce larger stories that frame issues that make a difference in the lives of our readers.

It will require not just the ability to build sources and ferret out facts, but also a talent for framing, producing and promoting a story via social to ensure that it reaches and resonates with our readers.

It will demand a demonstrated commitment to change -- to constantly adapting to the ever-evolving ways in which readers seek out and interact with journalism. And it will require enthusiastic participation in ongoing conversations about what’s working and what’s not -- and an equally enthusiastic commitment to adapting.






Requirements:


  • The candidate must be able to transition easily between English and Spanish, working on stories for publication on print and all digital platforms for the Star-Telegram that will also be published in its bilingual publication La Estrella.
  • A strong sense of the relevant issues that affect diverse communities in Tarrant County.
  • The entrepreneurial drive to propose projects that engage the audience with compelling journalism.
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.
  • A demonstrated ability to learn new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; Omniture, CrowdTangle and other analytics tools; and any emerging storytelling tools and platforms
  • A clear understanding on how to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.