Breaking news reporter
The Observer is looking for a versatile, driven journalist who thrives on jumping on breaking news of the day. This is a fast-paced beat for a reporter who can spot breaking news that’s compelling to readers and can identify narratives that will engage a digital audience. We’re looking for a reporter who is excited to run with news across a wide range of topics: homicides, weather, transportation issues, the upcoming Republican National Convention in Charlotte. You’ll also tackle trending stories, and develop strong follow-ups that engage readers and hold officials and institutions accountable.
The job requires an ability to juggle several stories at once and to spot the right enterprise stories to go deeper on. We’re looking for a self-paced reporter who can find stories without waiting for an assignment and who can cultivate reliable sources.
Strong headlines, conversational writing and good storytelling abilities are all important parts of this job. It’s also critical to have strong skills at using social media to find story ideas, promote our journalism and engage an audience.
This reporter should also understand successful SEO and know how to grow readership by using metrics to see how stories resonated with readers — and be comfortable using analytics tools to develop a deep understanding of our audience and what types of stories interest readers.
This reporter must be comfortable interviewing a wide range of sources, such as crime victims, politicians and celebrities, and getting out of the office to pursue stories and find sources. The breaking news reporter works closely with a team of reporters to help ensure we’re continuously publishing breaking news stories that are timely and accurate.Education and experience: College degree required. Prior internships in a daily newsroom required.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Regularly and consistently write news and enterprise stories that are clear, accurate, engaging and of high interest and relevance to local readers.
- Identify and tell stories about issues and people in communities that are underrepresented in The Observer.
- Work with editors to assure that stories are complete, fair and in context.
- Handle deadline demands on breaking news.
- Learn to develop a broad range of sources on the beat and build strong relationships with key people to identify stories relevant to them and important for our broader readership to understand.
- Use audience metrics to determine which stories are resonating with readers and which are not. Work with editors to mine this data for takeaways about how we can build our audience.
- Produce basic video and photos in the field. Work with visuals team to add more sophisticated visuals as a fundamental storytelling tool.
- Write and report on a continuous-news cycle, publishing to digital platforms as well as print.
- Use judgment in determining best digital tools for conveying news to readers in varying circumstances and formats.
- Use social networks to seek story ideas, report in real time and connect with the community.
- Participate in training sessions offered and seek out learning opportunities.