City/County Government Reporter

Jackson, MS, USA Req #21608
Friday, June 17, 2022
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The Clarion-Ledger, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is searching for a digital-savvy reporter to cover city and county government in a city full of important news.

This beat focuses primarily on city government, general assignment and daily stories with responsibility for real-time digital reporting that is competitive and insightful. In addition, coverage will include broader trend stories on government and its effects on the community.

This is a great job for a high-energy individual with a nose for news who can generate accurate, clean copy and provide insightful stories for digital audiences.


  • Report quickly, clearly and accurately and deliver news, via stories, video, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other methods.
  • Use metrics to inform story choices and shape beat strategies.
  • Identify top news stories of the day, based on analytics and audience potential.
  • Cultivate a beat, knowing the ins/outs of how government works and its key players. Have a genuine interest in people and ability to build trust.
  • Write breaking news stories, enterprise and trending stories, and long-form features.
  • Write and/or produce multimedia content that appeals to key audience targets and maximizes user experience on digital and social platforms.
  • Provide cogent analysis of trends and issues that affect the daily lives of readers.
  • Work closely with graphic, photo and video teams to produce and optimize content.
  • Engage with readers through various social media platforms.
  • Demonstrate strong news judgment informed by real-world experience.


  • Bachelor's or master’s in communications, journalism, digital media or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ reporting/newsroom experience preferred. Will consider recent college graduates with that have completed meaningful internships
  • Experience shooting photos and videos.
  • Strong command of AP grammar and style.
  • Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
  • A passion for news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
  • Comfort in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
  • A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsroom.
  • Comfort using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories – not only to share information but also to listen for what the community is talking about.
  • An understanding of journalistic ethics and sourcing rules.
  • Passion for a fast-paced news environment and understanding of the digital-first mission.
  • A willingness to collaborate with others.

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Other details

  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Jackson, MS, USA