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Breaking/Trending News Reporter

Company: Gannett
Location: Appleton
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Job Description:

Monday, February 3, 2020

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of nearly 140 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include the USA TODAY and more than 260 daily local newspaper brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, WordStream, and ThriveHive and U.K. media company Newsquest. There's never been a better time to join our talented team. Visit to learn more about our opportunities, and visit Gannett Privacy Policy to understand our privacy policy.

Breaking/Trending News Reporter

The Post-Crescent/ in Appleton, Wisconsin, a part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking an energetic journalist to join our team as a breaking and trending news reporter in the Fox Cities and across Wisconsin as needed.

We are looking a reporter who enjoys the challenge of producing quick, accurate and concise work on tight deadlines. The beat also includes opportunities to explore topics in a fun and light-hearted manner.

Beyond covering breaking news, this reporter will produce explanatory or perspective-broadening pieces on issues of high attention and explore out-of-the-box topics that are starting conversations in our community.

Candidates should be able to adapt to shifting stories and priorities, and shift gears between being assigned stories and self-generating them.

This reporter must balance the demands of online journalism with traditional news judgment, ethics and sensitivity.


  • Monitor emails, social media, community groups, police scanners and other sources to find stories.

  • Efficiently and accurately write breaking-news stories.

  • Searching for fun, unusual and entertaining stories.

  • Contribute to urgent coverage spanning all newsroom beats.

  • Find, pitch and swiftly produce news stories on topics of emerging interest, with a focus on what readers want and need to know.

  • Works with editors to evaluate what's working and what's not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.

  • Collaborate with content team to provide all the appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics).

  • Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.

  • Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.

  • Use metrics to inform story choices and shape beat strategies.

  • Identifies top news stories of the day, based on analytics and audience potential.

  • Cultivates a beat, knowing the ins/outs of the beat and its key players. Has a genuine interest in people and ability to build trust.


    • Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience. We will also consider candidates with strong internships.

    • Minimum of 1-2 years' reporting/newsroom experience.
    • Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
    • Strong command of AP grammar and style.
    • Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
    • Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
    • Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
    • A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsrooms.
    • Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
    • Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
    • Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
    • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
    • Able to work occasional late nights as needed by the news cycle.
    • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
    • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and drug screen (for driving roles only).

      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 5-10 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.


        Here's what we have to offer:

        We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% Company match!

        Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.

        Other details

        • Job Family

          Columnist and Journalist

        • Job Function


        • Pay Type


        • Required Education

          Equivalent Experience

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