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Project Homeless Reporter

The Seattle Times, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country, is seeking an experienced Reporter to join Project Homeless, an ambitious, grant-funded journalism project aimed at finding solutions and empowering citizens and decision makers alike to address homelessness. The successful candidate will be part of a four-member team producing hard-hitting watchdog, solutions, explanatory and breaking news pieces about an issue that regularly ranks No. 1 in importance among people in the community.

Strong investigative skills and experience analyzing finances and other data are key. Knowledge of homelessness and behavioral health issues is a plus. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to meet deadlines; write quick breaking stories as well as more complicated articles in a variety of genres; deliver clean, error-free writing that is fair and well-researched; and use social media and other technology tools to expand contacts, establish visibility and cover news.

Please note: This is a community-funded position and is subject to grant renewal. While renewal is anticipated, funding is not guaranteed. As such, this is considered to be a two-year role. To learn more about our grant-funded projects, click here.
 

Responsibilities

  • Report and write accurate, fair, balanced and carefully researched stories and multimedia posts on multiple platforms that meet assigned deadlines.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence, familiarity with inclusive journalism practices, and a commitment to cultivate a diversity of sources. 
  • Use social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social networks to disseminate news, reach new audiences and track trends and news events. 
  • Maintain a steady flow of ideas and stories.
  • Analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
  • Stay ahead of the news by anticipating and uncovering developments. Use public records and databases to unearth untold stories.
  • Aggressively follow through on stories, including interacting with readers after publication through chats, comments or other engagement tools.
  • Collaborate effectively with team members and others across the newsroom, including photographers, videographers and graphic artist.
  • Be comfortable representing Project Homeless and the Seattle Times in public settings such as interviews, panel discussions or other presentations.
  • Keep well informed about news in general and assigned specialties by reading The Times and other online and print publications.
  • Contribute when needed to coverage of big breaking news events off the beat, and participate in a reporter rotation to cover occasional weekend shifts.
  • Maintain a strong command of standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
     

Qualifications

We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile does not match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.

  • Experience: A minimum of three years’ reporting experience, preferably at a metropolitan daily news organization.
  • Education: College graduate or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrate cultural competence, familiarity with inclusive journalism practices, and a commitment to cultivate a diversity of sources. 
  • Possess excellent grammar and language skills. 
  • Understand the value of audience engagement, such online chats, reader comment threads, call outs and virtual and in-person events. 
  • Familiarity with best practices of digital journalism, including the use of analytics to inform story ideas and coverage, and early adoption of new digital tools.
     

This position requires a criminal background check and drug screen for controlled substances (including marijuana) once an offer is made. This position also requires you to join a union and pay ongoing union dues regularly.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, Seattle Times Media Solutions combines cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

 

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