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Local Government Reporter (2943)

McClatchy   Wichita, KS   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on June 20, 2022
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The Wichita Eagle is looking for an enterprising reporter to break news and hold local government leaders and institutions accountable for their decisions. This reporter will help readers understand the context of events and decisions that affect their lives.

This reporter must have strong source-building skills and the ability to move beyond meeting coverage and report enterprise stories that readers can’t get anywhere else. Candidates must be able to explain complex information in a way that is engaging and easy to understand.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics. This reporter must have the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or related field and two years of experience in a digital-first environment preferred.

  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment.

  • Fluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of metrics/analytics programs and development of story ideas derived from data.

  • Understanding of SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital.

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves.

  • Understanding of open records law and ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work.

  • Ability to engage with readers and develop sources on social media platforms.

  • Ability to understand audience lenses and correctly identify audiences for selected stories.

  • Ability to work on both daily and enterprise stories, delivering both with consistency.

  • Ability to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to capture video and edit it (using phone).

  • Ability to work collaboratively on projects ranging from podcasts to video to enterprise stories. 

  • Able 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)