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General Assignment Reporter

at Schurz Communications Inc

Posted: 10/24/2017
Job Reference #: 5000217304406
Categories: General Labor

Job Description

Job Title

General Assignment Reporter


Watertown Public Opinion-VDJ02

Full-Time/Part Time



Regular/Temp [Reg/Temp]


Job Description

Report local news in a thoughtful, thorough journalistic manner. Write informative, fair, and concise news stories relevant to the local community. Must track news, develop sources, and communicate with editors about stories. This candidate should be social-media savvy.

Essential Functions

* Research news and potential news stories

* Interview, check facts, and set up photo appointments

* Stay in touch with sources/organizations about events/issues/news

* Communicate with editors in a variety of ways about news production and scheduled stories

* Write news and news features concisely, accurately and coherently under deadline pressure

* Attend public meetings and ask relevant questions

* Process work-related e-mail

* Able to handle multiple reporting assignments and remain calm in a fast-paced environment

* Interview sources and interact with the public via e-mail, phone and in person

* Attend daily newsroom meetings

* Interact with readers via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter etc.

* In-depth proofreading for grammar, spelling

* Able to work with all socio-economic levels within the community

* Work on long-term projects, other general assignment stories, or special series

* Ongoing communication with fellow reporters to answer questions on covered topics/issues

* Fill in for general assignment shifts if necessary

* Be multi-media & multi-platform journalists

* Shoot & edit video, shoot photographs

* Write longer-form explanatory journalism and short brights

* Use Social Media for reporting & engaging with the audience

* Go to police stations to read police reports every day

* Go out on assignment to the scenes of crimes or fires

* Perform other job-related duties as assigned