The Journal Star (Peoria, IL) is seeking a reporter to focus coverage on trends in business and government that resonate with everyday people in our community as well as emerging businesses and entrepreneurs across central Illinois. Our community values stories about business openings and articles that highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Peorians. Our readers also value reporting that spots trends and puts our local happenings into a statewide or even national context.
The successful candidate will be storyteller who can develop sources who lead to insightful stories and impactful investigations. The reporter will be expected to immerse themselves into the community and tell stories from more than just officials' point of view.
Located in the scenic and affordable Illinois River valley, Peoria is the center of a region with urban, suburban and rural communities. Formerly home to headquarters of Fortune 100 Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria still has a heavy-manufacturing legacy, but is working to diversify its economy with start-ups, new industrial enterprises and a growing medical-business sector. This reporter will be expected to write quick-turnaround daily stories, file enterprise stories and government watchdog pieces. The ideal candidate will be comfortable pursuing big stories on their own, but also open to executing ideas from others in the newsroom. In a newsroom of our size, the versatility to write about multiple topics -- from crime to education -- is important.
A background that exhibits strong writing and storytelling skills is a plus; a deep curiosity about people and trends is a must. This reporter also must demonstrate a commitment to fair and accurate reporting.
He or she will identify, produce and post stories quickly and accurately across multiple platforms
Research, report and produce compelling content that informs and engages a diverse audience.
Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.
Produce content in alternative forms (listicles, Q&As, narratives, etc) that are tailored to the right platform to best reach the audience.
Use metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest.
Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Two or more years of professional journalism experience.
Strong command of AP Style, grammar and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
Passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
Comfortable using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to enhance reporting, engage with the community and promote stories that promote your brand and the Journal Star.
Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission Application Instructions:
Interested and qualified candidates, please apply here and upload your materials combined into one single document with as much of the following as possible: your updated resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the position, and your portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. **It's important that these items be combined into a single document attachment/upload (preferably in PDF format). The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration.
Gannett 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.