Sports Beat Reporter - Atlanta Hawks

Remote City, Georgia
Jul 11, 2019
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
Full Time
The AJC is seeking an aggressive reporter to cover the Atlanta Hawks including breaking news, game and feature stories, notes and trends. There is an opportunity for columns off beat coverage. The candidate should have experience covering a major sports beat and have sufficient reporting muscle break news. Must have a knack for all forms of social media interaction. This reporter will work closely with a reporting and digital team, developing and executing strong story ideas and coverage aimed at fans who want the full picture.

Provide high-quality, unique and impactful in-depth stories for print and digital publication. The reporter must have the highest quality of research skills, able to ferret out information where others cannot. He or she must be expert at devising an investigative methodology for each story that breaks news and connect the story our audiences. He or she must be highly skilled at research and source development. He or she must be capable of excellent investigative work in three levels: short-term investigation off the news, longer-term enterprise and project-level work designed to create impact. He or she must be capable of the highest quality of storytelling, mixing narrative elements and an authoritative voice to create must-read content that drives impact. He or she must develop high-quality ideas and approaches to the most difficult stories and turn those stories efficiently and effectively into engaging content.

Key requirements:
• Report and write with a strong sense of urgency, energy and tenacity. Demonstrates ability to break exclusive stories.
• Demonstrates strong judgment and clear ability to develop reader-focused and high-impact story ideas. Show clear understanding and ability to execute enterprise stories.
• Shows the ability to write with voice, authority and narrative elements to produce polished copy. Writes clearly with sophistication, absolute accuracy and balance, all while doing it on deadline and in a variety of technology tools and social media platforms.
• Displays depth as a reporter and capability of devising reporting methods to get at the difficult stories. Shows an ability to question team personnel and not take their word for granted but rather investigate and report.
• Has ability to juggle priorities and assignments to produce both short-term and project-level work.
• Collaborates effectively with others and is adept at sharing investigative skills.
• Communicate and work effectively with other sports journalists to give a complete picture.
• Uses time effectively, meeting deadlines and producing an acceptable volume of work. Consistently meets deadlines set for print and digital needs, including advance deadlines.
• Produce smartphone photos and videos and collect data and other information for maps, charts and other supplemental content. Digital skills are a growing part of this job. And needs to be comfortable in a public setting, making public appearances.
• Generates work that is balanced, fair, accurate and complete, incorporating, where appropriate, a diverse range of sources. Copy should not contain errors of fact of judgment and should not include any issue of bias.
• Engages editors on best ways to present stories on digital and print platforms.
• Have a clear understanding of libel law and able to recognize and flag potential legal issues that could expose the company to litigation over libel, invasion of privacy, copyright or other issues.
  • Bachelors degree preferred
Years & type of experience:
  • At least three years or more of reporting experience
  • Demonstrated strong news judgment
  • Ability to create content to meet audience needs across print and digital platforms.
  • Strong ability to organize, analyze, interpret and disseminate information.
  • Flexibility in shift starting times and in work location
Additional requirements:
  • Have reliable transportation, or access to reliable transportation.
  • Ability to travel approximately 30% of the time.

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