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Gannett seeks a state politics & government reporter

March 13, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Tennessean and the USA Today Network – Tennessee is seeking a state government reporter to join our two-person statehouse team covering politics, the governor and the Tennessee General Assembly. State government and politics is an important topic, particularly for The Tennessean, which is based in Nashville, the state capital.

The successful candidate will break news, tell stories about how policy and legislation impact Tennessee residents, particularly in key target audiences, and provide robust watchdog reporting on elected officials.

This statewide position requires a versatile journalist equally skilled in building and working sources as well as developing and reporting new angles on trending topics. This reporter would also work closely with colleagues in our newsrooms elsewhere in Tennessee, across the South and at USA Today.

The successful candidate will:

  • Report and deliver a steady stream of news stories to a growing audience that looks to the USA Today Network – Tennessee as the definitive source of news about state government and politics.
  • Put a human face on the news, approaching the beat through the lens of how policies impact Tennesseans.
  • Bring a digital mindset to the beat and a particular focus on what stories on politics and state government drive subscription growth. That means employing real-time metrics to respond to audience demand and reader interest.
  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues, and produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.
  • Act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connect with readers through social media platforms.

Here’s what you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related discipline
  • At least three to five years of reporting experience
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to produce accurate and detailed content in a competitive environment
  • Expertise with all major social media platforms
  • Video production skills a plus
  • A valid driver’s license is required

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