TCPalm.com/Treasure Coast Newspapers, part of the USA Today Network, is seeking a watchdog reporter to cover local government in its three-county area on Florida’s east coast.
- The successful candidate will go beyond mundane city council meetings and writing about process.
- He/she/they do journalism that matters, focusing on enterprise and investigative coverage, doggedly digging into issues and not settling for simplistic answers from bureaucrats.
- This reporter will put government spending (and those who do the spending) under a microscope — assuring readers their taxes are being spent wisely — and tell those stories in engaging and innovative ways and on a variety of digital platforms and in and print.
- He/she/they will identify issues and trends relevant throughout the state, such as growth and development and transportation, and bring an intensely local focus to the reporting.
- This reporter will be skilled at identifying news that matters to readers, particularly new businesses, new restaurants and new residential communities. Port St. Lucie, the seventh-largest city in Florida, is experiencing a building and population boom, and is a hotbed of much of that news.
- The successful candidate also will have the opportunity to report and write on these issues from a broader perspective for use across the USA Today Network-Florida, stretching from the east and west coasts to Tallahassee and the Panhandle.
- This multimedia journalist should have a track record of finding great stories and be experienced in using social media both in reporting and in promoting them.
- He/she/they should be adept at source development; have experience obtaining and using public records
- Be skilled at creating and manipulating databases and other digital-focused tools
- Bring a rock-solid knowledge of AP style
- Demonstrate a proven ability to meet daily and weekend deadlines.
This job is based in Fort Pierce, Florida, with coverage focused on St. Lucie County but also throughout the Treasure Coast.
- A bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent education.
- Previous municipal reporting
- At least three years of experience at a daily newspaper or equivalent media are preferred.
- Spanish fluency is a plus.
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. 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.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.
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