The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is seeking an enterprise reporter to cover news and issues impacting Georgia residents.
The position will include a strong focus on environmental reporting and may include a secondary specialty area or other enterprise reporting, to be determined upon hire.
An enterprise reporter provides unique, in-depth cover stories for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution print and digital editions by independently examining local institutions, people, and trends. The writer must be highly skilled at research and source development and knowledgeable about state and federal topics of concern to readers in his or her specialty area. He or she must be capable of quick-turn news and longer-term watchdog and enterprise work while maintaining rigorous standards for fairness and accuracy.
An enterprise reporter, regardless of specialty, displays a high level of journalistic ability. He or she has the drive and news judgment to find, propose, frame and complete stories that meet the needs of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers with minimal supervision. While every journalist benefit from editing and story coaching, an enterprise reporter’s work should largely be the product of his or her own initiative, skill, and judgment.
- Demonstrates strong news judgment and clear ability to quickly develop reader-focused story ideas.
- Shows the ability to write with authority and to produce copy that does not require a substantial rewrite.
- Displays depth as a reporter and capability of delivering stories without reporting gaps.
- Has ability to juggle priorities and assignments.
- Collaborates effectively with others.
- Shows proficiency with reporting using records and databases.
- Uses time effectively, meeting deadlines and producing an acceptable volume of work.
- Demonstrates ability to break exclusive stories.
- Shows capacity to work on a range of topics and quickly gain sufficient knowledge.
- Demonstrates clear understanding of state and federal laws related to public records.
- Generates work that is balanced, fair, accurate and complete, incorporating, where appropriate, a diverse range of sources. Copy should not contain errors of fact of judgment and should not include any issue of bias.
- Handles other assignments as needed, showing flexibility and adaptability.
- Engages editors on best ways to present stories on digital and print platforms.
Specialty: Environmental reporting and one or more other sub-beats, depending on the skills of the incumbent and the needs of the newsroom
This reporter will cover environmental issues impacting Georgia residents. The position will include coverage of large-scale issues including climate change and weather preparedness, as well as local topics including recycling and pollution.
This reporter will be required to watchdog the state’s regulatory agencies, monitoring for deficiencies in critical areas including protection of the state’s waterways and coastal areas. As a part of the coverage, the reporter will also track environmental issues working through the state legislature reporting on the intersection of politics, policy and the environment.
The ideal candidate will have a style that informs and educates readers about complex environmental issues in relatable terms, also keeping the audience in mind. The position will include a mix of breaking and enterprise news and require some travel throughout the state to report stories. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other reporters on overlapping issues including transportation and the economy.
A strong grounding in journalism, including interviewing, documents reporting and journalistic ethics, is required.
|Where permitted by applicable law, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S. based job. (Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will be considered.)
- College degree preferred.
- At least 5 years professional journalism or writing experience required. Environmental experience a plus.
- Proven record of serving audiences with in-depth, engaging content is required.
- Proven ability to operate under minimal supervision in a fast-paced, demanding environment is required.
- Ability to produce content that is shaped by research, audience metrics and audience needs is preferred.
- Proven record of time management and productivity to succeed in a remote work environment required.
- Excellent communication skills with a collaborative attitude.
*Additional experience, skills and qualifications may qualify an applicant for a Senior Reporter role.
- Reliable automobile transportation required.
- Reliable internet service for remote work environment required.
- Ability to work weekend and unusual hours as dictated by news events
- Other newsroom journalists, sources, public officials.
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