ABOUT THE JOB
Do you care deeply about informing and empowering the local community with objective, in-depth reporting? Are you an experienced multimedia journalist that doesn’t stop at informing viewers with what is wrong in the community, rather, you are equally passionate about shining light on credible efforts to improve it? If so, this is the opportunity for you.
The Senior Reporter is consumer-centric, platform distinct and committed to essential journalism, meaningful storytelling, and authentic connections. The role serves as a subject matter expert and leader in investigative or long-form journalism and models the way with multi-platform reporting that demonstrates the highest journalistic standards and aligns to the content strategy.
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
- Develops a network of sources throughout the community to leverage local experts.
- Research stories by investigating public records, personal sources, and other contacts to determine the most effective angle and approach for a story.
- Effective use of visual journalism such as graphics, photography, and videography as well as digitally distinct content. Operates camera with still and video capabilities.
- Serves as a lead reporter for in-depth breaking news and stays abreast to local developments.
- Inspires community belonging with diversity of coverage and perspectives, giving voice to those who are not represented and giving light to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Effective at giving and receiving coaching and keeps up to date with journalism capabilities to deliver reporting that the community can’t imagine their day without.
- Collaborates and shares content, design elements, systems, workflows, and best practices.
- Ensures objectivity and fairness in coverage, sensitivity to community expectations and balanced content.
- Engages with newsroom editorial and content planning to ensure effective planning for multimedia platforms that align to strategy and established deadlines.
- Participate in community events and actively engaged with the community
- Complete other duties as assigned.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED :
- Bachelor’s degree preferred in Journalism (or related field)
- 5+ years experience in news reporting including in-depth long-form reporting
- Preferred experience in community, digital and solutions-based reporting, and journalism
WHAT YOU’LL BRING:
- Subject matter expert in in-depth, long-form reporting and applications of journalistic standards as well as talented in storytelling with a distinct and engaging on-air personality.
- Media consumer mindset ensuring relevancy in capabilities such as in-depth, investigative and solutions-focused reporting as well visual journalism that is digitally distinct.
- Working knowledge of multimedia journalism, e. g. news reporting, writing, web posting, still photography, online video, infographics, databases, and social media.
- Versed in the fundamentals of news reporting, including issues involving privacy, access, ethics as well as state and federal laws regarding open meetings, open records, and access to information, sufficient to back-fill quality editorial coverage.
- Exhibits high standards of accuracy and fairness.
- Outstanding editing and writing skills; demonstrates attention to detail in both word editing and writing for publication. Strong working knowledge of Associated Press style.
- Able to use digital, video, mapping, social networking, and other technology to bolster on-air news reporting.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook), and web publishing tools.
- Openness and capacity to seek new opportunities and adopt new ways of doing things.
- Effective application of emotional intelligence with ability to recognize one’s owns feeling and understand others to guide objective thinking and improved behaviors to achieve better decisions, and collaborative successful outcomes.
Valid Driver’s License, good driving record and ability to provide proof of insurability with company required insurance limits.
Must be able to lift to 50 pounds
We have hikers, rock climbers, mountain bikers, kayakers, runners, skiers, gamers, hunters, fishing enthusiasts, beekeepers, western Montana gardeners, travelers, boaters, community leaders and every other mixture of diverse backgrounds, passions, and life experiences. We are a community of welcoming, mission-focused, and lively people that continue to grow as we grow our company and rise to our full potential in every aspect of our business.
WHERE YOU’LL LIVE, WORK AND PLAY:
Great Falls, MT, where outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the big small-town charm and quick access to national parks. Skiing is right outside your door as well as an expansive 40 miles amongst the River’s Edge Trail. Enjoy a picnic at Gibson Park and Giant Springs Heritage State Park or get inspired by the local culture and art at the C.M. Russell Museum. Take a step back in time with The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park to explore Montana’s heritage and history. Whether you want to unplug and get off the grid and onto a hike surrounded with wilderness or enjoy the small town charm of local farmers market, restaurants, dog parks, fly fishing to cultural events and performances at the Mansfield Center for Performing Arts, Great Falls has something for everyone. There are many reasons to claim Great Falls as a great place to live including the reminder you are walking in the footsteps of “the greats” from Lewis and Clark, the Blackfeet Indians, and the grizzly bear.
SCRIPPS’ COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION:
At Scripps, we are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture that reflects the communities we serve. We are intentional about creating an environment where employees, our audiences and other stakeholders feel valued and inspired to reach their full potential and make authentic connections. We foster a workplace culture that embraces each person’s diversity, including the extent to which they are similar or different. Scripps leaders believe that an equitable and inclusive culture is not only the right thing to do, it is a business imperative. Read more about our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion at scripps.com .
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”
As an equal employment opportunity employer, The E.W. Scripps Company and its affiliates do not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. Furthermore, the company will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the company.