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Des Moines Register seeks a breaking news multimedia reporter

June 8, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Des Moines Register / , part of the USA TODAY NETWORK and a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization, seeks an aggressive, digitally savvy multimedia journalist who is eager to gather and deliver news through text, photos and video on a wide variety of stories.


  • The Reporter Will Have a Multifaceted Mission
  • Covering breaking news, going out in the field to interviews victims and witnesses on the scene of major crimes or disasters
  • Covering trending news, verifying and curating the news Iowans are talking about on the internet
  • With that work and with other assigned stories, creating content for social media, such as shooting vertical video, creating reels and building social cards
  • Handle general assignments, including teaming with other Des Moines Register staffers on swarming the biggest news of the day
  • This reporter will generally work a morning and early afternoon shift and one weekend day
  • Research, report and produce accurate, compelling content that informs and engages readers
  • Use sites such as Google Trends and platforms such as Crowdtangle and Dataminr to mine story ideas from social media and news organizations
  • Shoot compelling photos and video; seek out and secure compelling photos, graphics and video produced by others and secure permission to use them
  • Produce content in alternative forms — listicles, Q&As, narratives, photo galleries, video — that are tailored to the right platform (mobile, desktop, social media) to best reach the target audience
  • Use real-time metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest


  • This job requires an understanding of social media platforms, audience metrics and SEO techniques; quick, tight, lively writing; and a competitive mindset determined to see one’s work at the top of our pageview charts each day
  • Previous experience as a reporter or content producer and video editing skills are required
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous professional journalism experience as a reporter and content producer
  • High-level writing, communication and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on deadline
  • Ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and publication ready
  • Ability to shoot and edit photos and video and file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media
  • Comfort with using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories
  • Understanding of reporting ethics and sourcing
  • 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 would fit this role.

  • Your resume, one to two pages.
  • A cover letter that outlines how you would approach this job.
  • Links to six samples of your work.

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