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Publication or Company Alabama Media Group
Job Title Reporter, General Assignment
Industry Internet/Online/New Media, Newspapers
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Birmingham, AL
Job Requirements Full-Time Reporter

Alabama Media Group is seeking a well-rounded reporter with a history of success in digital media. Whether you’re an industry veteran enthused by the digital platform and excited about transforming your career for the future; or someone who is new in your career but enjoying attention from writing an engaging blog, this role could be the perfect fit.

To be a successful applicant for this role you will need:
• A bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications or related field (preferred), or a combination of education and/or experience including a strong track record of writing success.
• A minimum of two years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing. You should be able to use a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience.
• Experience covering a variety of assignment topics including crime, community news, breaking news, government and/or politics.
• Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience.
• The ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately.
• Demonstrated reporting, writing and organizational skills.
• Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure.
• Experience with search engine optimization (SEO) practices.
• Comfort working in breaking news situations including understanding the standards and philosophy of real-time news.
• The demonstrated ability to capitalize on high-value topics by engaging audiences with frequency and urgency.
• Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms such as Moveable Type CMS, SCC Budgeting and Archiving System, Smartphones.
• Understanding the imperatives of multiple platforms – print, mobile, Internet, etc.
• A mastery of social media and digital interaction; experience using social media to source and promote content is highly preferred.
• The ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from its competitors.
• The drive and ability to work independently and remotely.
• The ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed, to provide 24/7/365 media coverage. Such a schedule could include nights and/or weekends.
• The ability to travel on occasion and to come into the office for a meeting or training approximately once per month.
In addition to these requirements, you should have strong computer skills and the ability to take compelling photographs or video. You'll need to understand and use hardware, software, and cloud-based equipment and systems for direct-to-web production and engagement, including:
• Posting photographs and/or short videos to the web and other internal production systems.
• Remote web reporting using laptops and smart phones.
If you are interested in applying for this role, e-mail your cover letter, a resume and links to your work and social media presences to Birmingham Managing Producer Kathryn Tuggle, ktuggle@al.com

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.

Advance Central Services Alabama endeavors to make al.com accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact hr2@acsal.com

About Our Company Alabama Media Group is a digitally-focused news and information company that combines the quality journalism of The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile’s Press-Register and The Mississippi Press with the up-to-the-minute access of AL.com and gulflive.com.

Alabama Media Group is a unit of Advance Publications, Inc., a privately held communications company that owns Advance Digital, Condé Nast Publications, Parade Publications, Fairchild Fashion Group, American City Business Journals, Inc., Golf Digest Publications and more than 25 newspapers across the country.

Our Mission
To provide innovative ways to inform, connect and empower the people of Alabama and the communities we serve.
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