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Project Homeless Reporter

The Seattle Times is seeking an experienced Reporter to join Project Homeless, the newspaper’s award-winning, grant-funded journalism project aimed at enriching the public dialogue around the region’s homeless crisis. That mission is aimed at reporting enterprise and daily stories, including those that focus on potential solutions to homelessness, in order to educate citizens and decision-makers about the crisis. You will be part of a four-person, collaborative team (one editor, two reporters and one engagement editor) dedicated to the issue, together producing hard-hitting watchdog and investigative stories, solutions stories, narrative stories, daily coverage, graphic layouts and multimedia features aimed at informing and engaging readers in a region trying to solve a growing homelessness problem.

 

You should have proven experience finding and writing compelling, in-depth stories. Strong investigative skills and experience analyzing policy, finances and other data are key. Multimedia skills and knowledge of homelessness issues are pluses. Candidates also should demonstrate an ability to meet deadlines; write quick breaking stories as well as longer, 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. We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

 

Responsibilities

  • Prepare accurate, fair, balanced and carefully researched stories and multimedia posts to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Seek a variety of sources in covering a story. Seek out and act quickly on story opportunities on all platforms.
  • Aggressively follow through on stories, including interacting with readers after publication through chats, comments or other engagement tools.
  • Handle a variety of stories and writing approaches. Write with authority based on a clear understanding of a topic or beat.
  • Develop sources on continuing stories.
  • Produce enterprise stories and stay ahead of stories by anticipating or uncovering developments.
  • Consistently suggest ideas for stories, photographs, video, interactive elements and illustrations.
  • Use documents effectively and link to source documents from stories.
  • Know and effectively use library and internal databases. Seek fresh ideas and approaches in reporting and writing.
  • Seek diversity in coverage.
  • Be willing to take leadership of a story or project.

 

Qualifications

If your profile doesn’t 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.

  • Experience: At least three years of reporting experience in a news organization and a track record of front-page, hard-hitting news features and issue stories.
  • Education: An undergraduate degree in journalism or a related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Must be knowledgeable in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, and have the ability to do simple data analysis.
  • Must keep technological skills current and adapt to and embrace current and future newsroom publishing and company systems such as Methode, WordPress, Outlook, etc.
  • Must have experience using smartphones, tablets or other web-enabled devices to monitor news, file stories from the field, and cover breaking news.
  • Must have social-media skills, including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other emerging social networks to gather and disseminate news, reach new audiences and track the changing social landscape.
  • Digital video and photography skills a plus, to supplement reporting and writing.
  • Must have reader-engagement skills, including participation in chats, comments or use of engagement tools on sites such as Reddit.
  • Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
  • Must be willing to travel and work unusual schedules when news coverage demands it.
  • Must keep well informed about news in general and assigned specialties by reading The Times and other online and print publications.
  • Should offer suggestions for improving the newsroom’s coverage.

 

This position requires a criminal background check and drug screen for controlled substances (which includes marijuana) on a post-offer basis as a condition of employment. Additionally, employees must have a valid driver’s license, personal car insurance, and be willing to use a personal vehicle for work.

 

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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