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Reporter

Company: Merced Sun-Star
Location: Merced
Posted on: August 9, 2019

Job Description:

The reporter will focus on publishing breaking news urgently as well as creating essential enterprise. At the Sun-Star, we consistently hold institutions accountable and helps our readers understand impactful issues and events.? This requires a keen understanding of what?s important to people in our community, developed through reporting on and familiarity with the region as well as a thorough understanding of the metrics that drive audience growth.?The successful candidate will understand the need for speed when necessary and will be able to tell stories through words, video and photos -- and determine when it?s best to use each format. Social media skills -- including the ability to write compelling share-worthy headlines and familiarity with SEO -- are essential, as is familiarity with analyzing data and accessing public records.Merced is a newsy city of more than 80,000 people in the state?s agricultural heartland. It?s home to UC Merced, the University of California?s 10th and newest campus. The coverage area offers an abundance of meaty storylines -- environment, education, poverty, growth. It?s a rich tableau for an enterprising journalist who wants to leave a mark.?Though not required, the ability to speak Spanish is a significant plus.Applicants with experience are preferred, but recent college graduates who have professional internship or college newspaper experience are encouraged to apply. Must have an acceptable driving record, proof of insurance and dependable transportation.This position reports to the editor of the Sun-Star and you will also work closely with colleagues at the Fresno Bee and Modesto Bee, which in addition to the Sun-Star are owned by McClatchy.Minimum requirements:Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgmentUnwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalismDemonstrated ability to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to reach audiencesFluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of how to use analytics such as pageviews, time on site and referral sources to help determine which stories resonate?A demonstrated ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including videoExperience in learning new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; Omniture, CrowdTangle and other analytics tools; and emerging storytelling tools and platformsStrong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism. Our workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors as well as between reporters and their audience as a story evolves.Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.recblid 9b0km1zo9d0dw1vehem3r9rkcw0pku

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