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Gannett seeks a sports trending reporter

August 14, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Gannett is seeking reporters to work on a team of journalists covering trending sports stories that start the conversation in the country each day.

We create urgent, smart and innovative sports coverage that reach readers on any platform, illuminating and elevating the most important stories across the nation. Your stories will be published across the Gannett network on USA Today and our more than 200 local newspapers. We identify the top personalities, events and athletes to cover each day, elevating those stories for local, regional and national audiences. And we use metrics and analytics to help us anticipate coverage opportunities that are going to get the country talking.

Our reporters have strong news judgment, file accurate, concise and clean copy on tight deadlines and they enjoy building on breaking news with smart enterprise ideas.

This position will include some night or weekend work and is a remote role.


  • Covering sports trending topics of the day across the U.S., not only through personality and live-event coverage, but by developing coverage that anticipates our audiences’ interests on any given day
  • Localizing national coverage by focusing on the passion topics for our primary markets and target audiences.
  • Bringing a creative approach to coverage for emerging sports markets through innovative storytelling techniques tailored to specific platforms.
  • Work with editors to evaluate what is working and what is not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.

What you’ll need to thrive in this role:

  • A nose for finding interesting stories that take readers beyond what’s trending to highlight intriguing subjects with sophisticated and succinct storytelling.
  • Ideas about innovative and creative ways to bring the biggest national stories to readers in fresh and relevant ways, no matter where they find our coverage.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a nationwide team of reporters, editors, photographers and producers to tell meaningful stories that target specific audiences.
  • A clear and concise writing style that avoids cliches and explains jargon.


  • At least two years of experience working in sports or breaking news coverage.
  • Experience generating quick-turn stories, thoughtful enterprise, and in-depth projects.
  • Excellent news judgment.
  • Familiarity with SEO best practices.
  • Top-notch writing and reporting skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work not only independently but also as a key contributor to team/network projects.
  • Strong understanding of audience analytics and how to use them to drive content decisions.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, do not limit your upload to a resume; show us what you have 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 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you have produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

The hourly rate for this role will range between $14.91 and $38.70 


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