Miami Beach Reporter
We are looking for an enterprising, curious, occasionally wonky reporter, preferably with a quirky streak, to cover the city of Miami Beach.
The Beach is the heart of Miami-Dade tourism; it’s where beautiful beaches and raucous tourists meet residents trying to make a living and raise their children. It’s a city where the average income is higher than in the city of Miami or Miami-Dade County, and one where the many service workers needed for the tourist economy can’t afford to live. A disproportionate number of Florida Men and Florida Women frequent Miami Beach, so a beat reporter here needs that quirky streak. And it’s a city prone to adopting policies and programs that are different than anywhere else in the county, so that reporter needs to be something of a government policy wonk.
This job is part creative enterprise and part traditional government coverage. How is the city spending our money? Is it helping or hurting us? Is it responsive to my needs? Does it spend wisely? How much development is too much development? How will new pot rules affect my neighborhood?
Interest in politics is a must. The city will hold its biennial elections this November. As a member of the government team, this reporter will occasionally cover stories in some of our other 34 cities. He or she is also likely to help cover candidates running for the state Legislature or Congress.
This beat requires a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics. And like all journalists at the Herald, you must demonstrate the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public-service journalism.
You are expected to not only have the ability to build sources and ferret out facts, but frame, write, produce and promote a story via search and social media to ensure that it reaches and resonates with our readers. It will require 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 accordingly.
- Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment
- Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism
- Demonstrated ability to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to reach audiences
- Fluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of how to use analytics such as page views, time on site, referral sources and “shares and likes” to help determine which stories resonate with which audiences
- A demonstrated ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including video
- 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
- Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism. The 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
- Fluency in Spanish is desirable.
- A bachelor’s degree and some daily professional journalism experience is required.