The Indianapolis Star/IndyStar.com, a winner of last year’s Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, has an immediate opening for a reporter who has the curiosity, initiative and writing chops to take a big news event and find the story no one else has.
This is not an entry-level position.
The ideal candidate will understand the lifecycle of a story and how to report and write thoughtful enterprise to publish within days of a news event. IndyStar is looking for someone who will experiment with different storytelling techniques, lengths and topics to reach audiences on all platforms. The candidate will know how to use a wide variety of sourcing to find interesting and thoughtful angles on stories to push forward the news of the day, but one who also can pitch and develop unique stories beyond the pressing events of daily coverage.
The candidate must demonstrate strong news judgment. The candidate will work closely with all sections in the newsroom and will be comfortable collaborating with other reporters, editors, graphic artists and photographers.
The candidate should demonstrate a strong understanding of audience metrics, engagement tactics and search engine optimization.
But that’s not enough. IndyStar prides itself on a newsroom culture that is collegial and collaborative. We require not only talented reporters and writers but good teammates who support each other and work well across the newsroom with all our teams.
We look for journalists who possess specific traits: intellectual curiosity, a sense of justice/purpose, kindness, passion and compassion.
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 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.