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R202209704

Local Government Reporter, Fulton County

  • Hybrid work
  • Full time, Variable
  • Travel: Yes, 15% of the time

Job Category: Multi-platform Media

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Division: Cox Enterprises

Location:

  • 7000 Central Pkwy, Atlanta, Georgia
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Description

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is seeking an ambitious, talented reporter to a cover a local government beat in Fulton County in metro Atlanta. An ideal fit for this position is someone who is skilled at covering city and/or county government actions and engaging residents with coverage about their concerns. The reporter will build a deep base of sources in government and among the community. This reporter covers Fulton County, Ga., metro Atlanta’s most populous county which is home to the City of Atlanta and the state government. Fulton is at the heart of Georgia’s “swing state” status, a bastion of Democratic control in politics, but with conservative cities in the northern portions. There are any number of fascinating topics, from jail overcrowding and a years-long court backlog to the potential state takeover of county elections and the special grand jury investigating the Trump campaigns attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

The reporter is responsible for daily reporting on the county's operations and will focus on unearthing inefficiencies and wasteful spending of public dollars, providing accountability reporting and watchdogging whether decisions made by community leaders yield positive results. This reporter will also write about political trends, relevant state legislative actions and public policy. The reporter also will cover the social fabric that shapes residents’ lifestyles and community values and will spotlight the unique people who call Fulton home.

This reporter will establish a large network of community contacts in order to ensure awareness of those issues that resonate with our audience. It will be this reporter's responsibility to capture those conversations in news reports. This reporter must be able to produce clean, organized publication-ready content with a minimum of supervision. The reporter needs to be an adept storyteller who can translate government action into relevance for readers. The reporter will use various distribution outlets such as social, print and digital, and must be able to use a variety of storytelling tools including video, data, other narrative elements and emerging digital-only formats. The position also requires that the reporter use our metrics tools to understand and grow digital audience. The reporter must also demonstrate capacity to use the Internet as a reporting tool.

Local communities are high engagement topics at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The reporter filling this role must be skilled at delivering breaking news, smart, engaging enterprise and accountability reporting and serving readers in print and digital editions.  

Job Requirements :

  • Three years of experience preferably covering a county or municipal government.
  • Reliable internet access required to work remotely.
  • Displays a clear ability to develop strong, reader-focused story ideas and write about complex concepts with clarity and authority.
  • Fluent in the use of government records and the state and federal open records acts.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs a plus.
  • Local travel is required. Therefore, a reliable vehicle required and valid driver’s license are required.
  • Fluent in another language than English a plus, but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and, when warranted, manage and juggle multiple stories simultaneously.
  • Must have strong skills in communicating and collaborating with editors and colleagues.
  • Capacity to shoot own photographs when needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in digital media.
  • Ability to work in and provide searchable data for Web readers, etc. preferred.

Additional experience, skills and qualifications may qualify an applicant for a Reporter III role.


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