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Sports Reporter

Company: Gannett
Location: Redding
Posted on: July 10, 2019

Job Description:

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of more than 110 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include USA TODAY NETWORK with the iconic USA TODAY and more than 100 local media brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, SweetIQ, and United Kingdom media company Newsquest. To connect with us, visit

Sports Reporter

The Record Searchlight/, part of the--USA TODAY NETWORK, is hiring a sports reporter in Redding, California. The beat includes a college and university, high schools and outdoor recreation. The successful candidate must be independent, versatile, social media savvy and a storyteller.

Redding is a small community with big stories to tell. The city is the--county seat--of--Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. It lies along the--Sacramento River, 162 miles north of--Sacramento, and 120 miles south of California's northern border, shared with the state of--Oregon.--Interstate 5--bisects the entire city, from the south to north before it approaches--Lake Shasta, which is located 15 miles to the north. Redding is the largest city in the--Shasta Cascade--region, and it is the sixth-largest city in the--Sacramento Valley, behind--Sacramento,--Elk Grove, Roseville, Vacaville and Chico. It is surrounded by national parks within easy driving distance and world-class outdoors opportunities.


  • Provide informative, engaging and analytical sports coverage.

  • Write knowledgeably about hiking, climbing, biking and other outdoor activities. Work toward becoming the community's leading voice on recreation.

  • Create storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.

  • Connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.

  • Work with content strategist and audience analyst to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.

  • Collaborate with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Capture basic photos and video as needed.

  • Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.

  • Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

  • Explore and report on the widest range of news and trends, connecting with our audience's passion.

  • Content strategies include print, branded digital platforms, traditional and emerging social media, events, apps and curation of contributed and expert content.

  • Place a high priority on data analysis to identify trends that would otherwise go unreported.

  • Strategize and execute distribution and optimization plans for all content.

  • Demonstrate clear concise writing skills with strong nut graphs and "why this is important to me" content.

  • Requires outstanding research skills and extensive contacts that can break news.

  • Cultivate a beat, knowing the ins/outs of the beat and its key players. Have a genuine interest in people and ability to build trust.--The primary channel will be our digital products first, but the content will also make its way into printed publications.

  • Identify, cultivate and curate contributed, authoritative content and reporting that expands the footprint of the beat.


    • Bachelor's in communications, journalism or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    • Internship or previous experience in the job duties.

    • Exceptional core journalism skills (reporting, producing, editing).

    • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.

    • Effective communication; able to get along with diverse personalities.

    • Able to multitask and excel under deadline pressure.

    • Strong command of AP grammar and style.

    • Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."

    • Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.

    • Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.

    • Understand reporting ethics and sourcing.

    • Excel in a fast-paced news environment and understand the digital first mission.

    • Work weekends and nights as needed.

    • Collaborate well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.

    • Must be willing to travel on short notice to cover breaking news events.

    • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.

      How to Apply:

      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:

      • Your resume - one to two pages.

      • A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.

      • 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!

        Gannett Co., 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.

        Other details

        • Job Family

          Columnist and Journalist

        • Job Function


        • Pay Type


        • Required Education

          Equivalent Experience

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