News Reporter - Temporary
The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., is looking for an energetic, versatile journalist who thrives on fast-paced breaking news and can quickly and accurately report live stories using video, social and other digital tools. As a courts and crime reporter, you will cover daily stories that are relevant to our Centre County readers, and closely monitor police and court activity.
You’ll also tackle trending stories on at least one deeper subject beat, developing strong follow-ups that enlighten and engage readers, hold officials accountable and identify patterns and trends. We’re looking for a self-paced reporter who can spot and report stories without waiting for the assignment and who can cultivate reliable sources. We are also looking for a collaborative journalist who wants to contribute to a team, not stand out from it.
The expected schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The importance of headlines, SEO and lead images cannot be underestimated. You will understand how to grow readership because you’ve studied performance of your stories in the digital space, using analytics tools such as Chartbeat or Parse.ly, and made adjustments accordingly.
This is a temporary position, expected to start July 1 and last for 10 weeks.
At least one year of professional journalism experience preferred.
Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment.
Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.
Demonstrated ability to use social media platforms to reach and engage with audiences.
Demonstrated ability to access and analyze public records, including court records, property records and salary information.
Demonstrated ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including capturing and editing video and data/graphics.
Demonstrated ability to learn new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; analytics tools; and emerging storytelling tools and platforms.
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to take and give constructive criticism without getting defensive. New workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves.
Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.
Must have reliable transportation.
Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).