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The Anderson Independent-Mail/Company website, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK is seeking an reporter to cover the community of Anderson in a way that engages readers with human-focused stories and holds local leadership accountable through public records and accountability reporting.
The ideal candidate is an independent worker who excels at building a beat from the ground up. We need a reporter who can continue the hard work of engaging the people in this small, close knit city in the Upstate of South Carolina.
In covering city government, the ideal candidate also will be adept at filing Freedom of Information requests and asking hard-edged questions to get beneath the surface of local government and institutions. This reporter needs to love being out of the office, interacting with stakeholders and residents and digging up interesting stories that engage our local readers.
There is a lot going on in Anderson: It is in the shadow of Greenville, South Carolina, one of the hottest places to live in the South; it is a short drive from Clemson University; it is striving to maintain its identity between those two entities. It’s also struggling with some big city problems and has plenty of constituencies to whom the Independent Mail is striving to give a voice.
The Independent Mail works closely with The Greenville News, and this reporter should be comfortable in both newsrooms and writing for both publications – although the bulk of the reporting will be done for Anderson.
Anderson is 35 minutes from Greenville and 30 minutes from Clemson. It’s at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a short drive from both Atlanta, Charlotte and the beautiful beaches of South Carolina’s coast.
Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics. Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.
Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
Performs other duties as necessary.
Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Some previous reporting experience writing in a digital-first newsroom preferred; even better if you've covered a city beat.
Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
An understanding of digital analytics and metrics and how they impact the ways we tell and write stories.
This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check.
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
1. Your resume – one to two pages.
2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.
Here's what we have to offer:
We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% Company match!
Company Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.
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