Local County Government Reporter, AJC

Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 28, 2019
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
Full Time
This reporter is charged with developing and writing stories on DeKalb County, GA beat. The reporter is responsible for daily reporting on the city’s fiscal operations – including those of the government. The reporter must focus on unearthing inefficiencies and wasteful spending of public dollars and provide general watchdog reporting. This reporter will also write about political trends and public policy issues within Atlanta.

The reporter also will follow state legislative action as it relates to the county. The reporter also will identify social trends that provide readers with an understanding of residents’ lifestyles, politics, and community values. The reporter must also generate unique profiles that spotlight individuals who illustrate the richness and diversity of their communities.

This reporter will establish a large network of community contracts in order to ensure awareness of those issues that resonate with our audience. It will be this reporter’s responsibility to capture those conversations for out platforms.

This reporter must be able to produce clean, organized publication-ready content with a minimum of supervision. He or she must be able to handle various distribution outlets such as social, free and paid, and must be able to use a variety of storytelling tools including video, data, other narrative elements and emerging digital-only formats. At its most effective, this reporter’s work will achieve tangible, positive result on behalf of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s readers.

As a beat reporter, s/he must demonstrate a highly developed capacity to use the Internet as a reporting tool. Additionally, s/he must be able to break news often for ajc.com while quickly turning well-reported dailies and substantial enterprise for Sunday and Page One.

The position also request that s/he use our metrics tools to understand and grow our digital and social media audiences. Collaboration across the newsroom and across topics, with reporters whose primary topics are transportation, business, public safety, politics, etc. is also an expectation.
Qualifications:Education: Bachelors degree preferred

Yrs & Type of Experience: Five years of experience covering a county or municipal government preferred.

Additional Requirements:
• Displays a clear ability to develop strong, reader-focused story ideas and write about complex concepts with clarity and authority.
• Fluent in the use of government records and the state and federal open records acts.
• Knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and, when warranted, manage and juggle multiple stories simultaneously.
• Must have strong skills in communicating and collaborating with editors and colleagues.
• Capacity to shoot own photographs when needed.
• Demonstrated ability to work in digital media, providing searchable data for Web readers, etc.

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