Business / Technology ReporterLocation Austin, Texas Job Number 170561 Brand Cox Texas Newspapers, LP
SUMMARY OF JOB
The American-Statesman is looking for an experienced, motivated reporter to cover a new, hybrid beat on our business/technology team.
This position will be largely general-assignment based, with about half its time devoted to the Statesman’s 512Tech.com technology reporting team and half on other general business topics.
Specific aspects of the beat will include: Telecommunications (phone and cable networks, data streaming); the digital marketing and advertising sector; the local and state auto industry; ride-hailing companies; food safety; and assisting in a secondary role on coverage of retail and entertainment topics. The reporter in this role will also assist as needed on other technology topics, and will sometimes help out on other beats, including real estate, development, regional/state economics and business/government issues.
The position’s flexibility will provide great opportunities to seek out strong, interesting and unusual enterprise stories across a wide variety of topics.
Obviously, teamwork, adaptability and a healthy curiosity about many topics will be key attributes for this position. The right candidate will also be comfortable telling stories in multiple ways across all our platforms, including digital, print and video – and they will be comfortable regularly blogging and building their brand through social media.
The ideal candidate will also be able to communicate clearly with co-workers and managers, and be able to understand how their work – and their beat – fits into the bigger picture both of the Statesman’s business team and the newsroom as a whole.
The Statesman’s business/technology team operates with a culture of collaboration; candidates with a lone-wolf style and an unwillingness to work closely with fellow business team reporters will not succeed on our team. We value reporters who are self-motivated, who seek out new challenges and who consistently hone their craft and learn new skills
ESSENTIAL JOB RESULTS AND CRITERIA
Generate thoughtful, timely and practical story ideas that break news, identify trends, give context and insight to news events or issues, profile people and help readers cope with their day-to-day lives. Develop these ideas into stories that are accurate, compelling, well structured and delivered for publication by an agreed upon deadline. In addition, take assignments from originating editors and follow them through to publication in the same manner described above. Published work must be competitive with all other print and electronic information sources in Central Texas, including other newspapers, television and radio stations and Internet sources. Whether measuring through individual stories or as a body of work, the reporter’s published product should be of value to readers, improve the quality of the newspaper and meet the company’s goal of being the premiere source of news and information in the region.
In addition to regular reporting duties, an Enterprise Reporter II provides consistent daily coverage and quality enterprise for the front page or major section front. Consistently demonstrates an ability to handle complex sourcing, writing and story organization.
Some college and at least five years daily experience. This may include experience gained through school publications and internships
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Should understand the fundamentals and ethics of journalism, have a good eye for news and feature stories, and have a demonstrated ability to report and write news and feature stories. Should have the ability to establish relationships and get along with sources, peers and supervisors. Should be curious, open to varying points of view, observant, persistent, quick, accurate and balanced. Should be able to think visually. Should be well read and have a social conscience. Must be able to converse and write clearly in English. Must be able to gather and synthesize information to write accurate, timely, interesting, balanced and well structured stories on a daily, deadline basis. Must possess good writing, spelling, organizational and communication skills. Must be able to gather information using a wide range of techniques including face-to-face interviews, telephone conversations, e-mail messaging, the Internet research and standard hard-copy records searches. Must have the ability to establish relationships and get along with sources, peers and supervisors. Must be reliable and trustworthy. They should have the ability to solve fundamental math problems such as addition, subtraction and percentages. Knowledge of Texas, Central Texas and Austin is an advantage.
The reporter will be given work schedules in advance. However, news assignments could require weekday hours, night hours, and weekend and holiday shifts. The reporter must be able to quickly get to various locations in Central Texas during the day and at night and must be available to travel, if required. Must have transportation and a valid driver's license.
College journalism degree and six or more years daily newspaper reporting experience is preferred. Demonstrated ability to generate compelling, practical and publishable story ideas. Ability to develop and maintain sources of information. Demonstrated ability to write news, news feature, news analysis and feature stories, including personality profiles.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
All of the above, plus: Reporters should have a well-rounded educational background and life experience. They should have thorough understanding of how society works and have developed an expertise in the history, events, issues and trends in one or more areas of coverage. Knowledge of Texas, Central Texas and Austin is an advantage. The ability to communicate in Spanish is an advantage.
The reporter will be given work schedules in advance, but assignments could require weekday hours, night hours, and weekend and holiday shifts. The reporter must be able to quickly get to various locations in Central Texas during the day and at night and must be available to travel, if required. Must have transportation and a valid driver's license.
CoxMedia Group (CMG) is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that also includes the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the country’s biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations; more than 60 radio stations; six daily newspapers, more than a dozen non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, and All22. CMGcurrentlyoperatesinmorethan 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.
Organization: Cox Media Group
Primary Location: US-TX-Austin-305 S Congress Ave
Employee Status: Regular
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Unposting Date: Ongoing