News Leader: Reporter
Come join us to learn or improve your craft building ambitious, highly polished stories within a newsroom that prioritizes writing coaching and human storytelling.
The News Leader in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is looking for an education and youth watchdog reporter — an ambitious self-starter who is passionate about making a difference.
This search is about finding the right high-energy, hard-news journalist who produces given dedicated time to publish enterprise work. The focus of the beat will be how public K-12 education here delivers, both as an investment of taxpayer money and as an effective experience for children. Social justice questions related to education will be something we examine. And, overall, pocketbook and opportunity questions for youth and families will be folded in the beat. We won’t make the day-to-day operations of schools part of this beat, though.
Regularly, you will be given time to chase special work, with an editor, and make it sing. That kind of enterprise effort is core to our mission, and we hold ourselves accountable for doing it. Sure, because we’re a small newsroom, you also will do a bit of everything: videos, breaking news, short profiles. But enterprise is the driver of the beat — and you will find that we’re an experimental and highly ambitious bunch, especially for a small site.
- 1+ years of professional experience; strong internship will be considered.
- Experience with public records is required. Database or computer-assisted reporting skills
will set applicants apart from others.
- Understanding how to use social media and how to tell multimedia stories is a must.
- Innovative thinker with a passion for keeping on top of evolving trends and technologies
in digital media.
- Fast writer who takes coaching well.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize, self-start, contribute under pressure and meet tight
- Highly organized, creative and critical thinker. Self-motivated and results-oriented
with a high regard for details.