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Gannett seeks a breaking/trending & restaurant reporter, The Patriot Ledger

May 1, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Patriot Ledger,, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking an aggressive, digitally savvy journalist to be our next breaking/trending and dining reporter, identifying, verifying and curating news of what the South Shore is talking about (and eating).


  • This reporter is also expected to have the range to handle breaking news coverage, quick-turn enterprise and features
  • The beat will usually start at 6 a.m. Monday to Friday to feed online audiences when they’re most active
  • Research, report and produce accurate, compelling content that informs and engages readers
  • Be a curious, assertive, and self-starting journalist who jumps to report on breaking news and trending topics with urgency
  • Capitalize on live, breaking and trending moments by creating quick-turn-around content for social media and other digital platforms
  • Use sites such as Google Trends, DataMiner and other search tools to mine story ideas from social media and news organizations
  • Be proficient on the latest social media tools and trends, specifically on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Seek out compelling photos, graphics and video 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
  • Optimize, aggregate and package content for digital publication
  • Enhance content with video, galleries, SEO meta-data, hyperlinks and images
  • Use real-time metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team with other reporters and editors
  • Occasionally, fill in on other beats to assist in coverage of breaking news and other events


  • Previous experience as a reporter is required as are a driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Bachelor’s or master’s in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least three years of professional journalism experience
  • High-level writing, communication and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on deadline
  • Ability to produce content that is engaging, clean, accurate and publication ready
  • Comfort with using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories
  • Understanding of reporting ethics and sourcing

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:

  • Your resume – one to two pages.
  • A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  • Links to 3-6 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.

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