Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0050
Title Night Reporter (General Assignment)
Job Type Full Time Regular
Union Guild
Location Denny
City Seattle
State WA
Work Schedule Varies: usually Mon thru Fri, 1pm to 10pm
Description

At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provide readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.8 million.

The Seattle Times is excited to announce a recent opening for a Reporter (General Assignment) in the newsroom, to assist with nighttime coverage and reporting. This role is essential to plan, gather, evaluate, select, write and disseminate material on multiple platforms. As the General Assignment Reporter, you must be able to prepare accurate, fair, balanced and carefully researched stories and multimedia posts to meet assigned deadlines. Successful candidates should be able to write clear, well-focused and well-organized stories, with an ability to handle a variety of stories with multiple approaches to writing.

Responsibilities

  • Aggressively follow through on stories, including interacting with readers after publication through chats, comments or other engagement tools.
  • Write clear, appropriate leads. Write with authority based on clear understanding of topic or beat. Self-edit for crisp, clean copy on multiple platforms. Use good interview techniques and effective quotes.
  • Develop sources of continuing stories. Maintain a steady flow of ideas and stories. Produce enterprise stories and stay ahead of stories by anticipating or uncovering developments. 
  • Seek fresh ideas and approaches in reporting and writing. Seek diversity in coverage.
  • Take on new challenges. Be willing to take leadership of a story or project.
Requirements

Experience: This position requires a minimum of three to five years’ reporting experience in a daily newspaper or website. Only applicants with the minimum, relevant experience will be considered.

Education: College graduate with a degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must have the ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline. 
  • Must have the ability to write clearly, accurately and creatively on multiple platforms.
  • Must have the ability to write stories using Methode, WordPress or other content management systems used by the newsroom.
  • Requires excellent grammar and language skills. 
  • Must keep technological skills current and adapt to and embrace current and future newsroom publishing and company systems such as Methode, Outlook, UltiPro, AX, etc.
  • Must have experience using Smartphones, tablets or other Web-enabled devices to monitor news, file stories from the field, and cover breaking news.
  • Requires social media skills, including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other emerging social networks.
  • Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.

Application Information: To apply, please follow this two-step process.  1. Submit a cover letter, resume, and three portfolio/writing samples (no more than three, please). Submit that information here.  2. Once you’ve completed that step, return to this screen and finish your application at the "Apply On-line" link provided at the bottom of this page.

This position is a Guild-affiliated (union) position, with mandated union dues. In addition, this role requires a drug screen for controlled substances, criminal background check, driver’s license, and personal car insurance.

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