The environment reporter will develop enterprise stories and cover breaking news by cultivating diverse sources to help build a diverse audience. The reporter will work closely with editors to monitor metrics and apply data to inform coverage as we serve our loyal readers, seek new subscribers and strive to better understand key audiences and topics. The beat calls for handling breaking news while producing daily and weekend enterprise. This position is responsible for covering environmental topics important to Long Islanders. The reporter must be able to juggle multiple stories on tight deadlines.
Essential Duties & Functions:
- Possess excellent writing, reporting and news-gathering skills, including source cultivation.
- Find enterprise stories and report on the environment in relation to the assignment/beat.
- Use social media to find sources and stories to supplement our reporting and to communicate about the topic areas they cover.
- Alternative storytelling and visual storytelling — collaborating with our teams, including on NewsdayTV coverage — are key growth areas, and reporters need to continue to develop skills in these areas.
- Demonstrate a record of exploiting public records to produce and execute accountability stories.
Essential Job Knowledge & Skills:
- Experience covering the environment is a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to break news, file quickly and accurately for all our platforms, meet tight deadlines, juggle more than one story at a time, cultivate sources, understand the importance of data-driven reporting and produce high-profile enterprise stories.
- A self-starter who can bring a creative approach to covering the news.
- Comfortable and proficient using social media, smartphone photo and video and other media platforms to report and tell stories.
- Ability to write in an engaging manner is essential.
- Attention to detail is required.
- Ability and willingness to collaborate and build a rapport with others.
- Ability to find fresh story angles and write concise, lively copy in keeping with Newsday’s tone and format.
- Proficiency shooting iPhone photos and videos is a necessary skill.
- Strong organization and time management skills.
- Ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments simultaneously while meeting aggressive deadlines.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
- Ability to work a flexible and varied schedule to include weekends, holidays and extended hours as needed to support business needs.
- Ability to travel throughout Long Island as related to the assignment being covered.
- Driver’s license in good standing and reliable means of transportation are required.
- The hourly base rate for this role is $52.32.
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