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Reporter II – Education & Social Issues
The Citizen Times

The Citizen Times/citizen-times.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a social issues and education reporter eager to write impactful stories that will get the community talking and sharing. 

This reporter will cover social issues, including economic disparities, race relations, gender equality and more. As Asheville and Western North Carolina become increasingly popular destinations, and in a state that has been home to ICE raids, gerrymandered congressional districts and the opioid crisis, this beat is ripe with stories. 

In covering education, this is more than a beat that relies on school board meetings. We want a reporter who will dig deep on K-12 issues that concern parents, teachers and administrators; on trends across districts; and more. 

The ideal candidate knows that good storytelling often includes a video component, so some video experience is preferred. In cases of breaking news on the beat, this reporter would need to build a story quickly for digital platforms and then know how to advance the story with an engaging lead and well sourced copy. 

Asheville, North Carolina is a vibrant community in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to some of the nation’s best mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. It’s also known as a top restaurant destination and boasts dozens of craft breweries.   

Responsibilities:   

  • Report quickly, clearly and accurately and deliver news, via stories, video, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other methods available to reach our Nevada audience. 
  • Use metrics to inform story choices and shape beat strategies. 
  • Identifies top news stories of the day, based on analytics and audience potential.  
  • Cultivates a beat, knowing the ins/outs of the beat and its key players. Has a genuine interest in people and ability to build trust.  
  • Equally adept at writing breaking news stories, enterprise and trending stories and traditional long-form features.  
  • Writes and/or produces multimedia content that appeals to key audience targets and maximizes user experience on digital and social platforms to reach readers where they spend their time and attention. 
  • Provide cogent analysis of trends and issues that affect the daily lives of readers. 
  • Works closely with graphic, photo and video teams to optimize and produce content.  
  • Is comfortable hosting videos, Facebook Live appearances, and podcasts.  
  • Engages with readers through various social media platforms.  
  • Demonstrates strong news judgment informed by real-world experience.  
  • Writes quick-hit enterprise and trend stories off the news.  

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s in communications, Journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • 5 years’ reporting/newsroom experience and Extensive knowledge of the beat area. 5+ years journalism experience. 
  • Strong command of AP grammar and style.  
  • Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and “publication ready.”  
  • Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms. 
  • A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsrooms. 
  • Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.  
  • Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.  
  • Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.  
  • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.  
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.  

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: 

  1. Your resume – one to two pages. 
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job. 
  3. Links to 10-12 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. 

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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!


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