The Hartford Courant, a Pulitzer-prize winning publication seeks a sports journalist who will be responsible for covering the UConn football program including games, practices, press conferences, recruiting and other developments through news stories, feature stories and other forms of content on all Hartford Courant Media Group platforms. Will also be responsible for covering the program’s transition from being an affiliate of the American Athletic Conference to an independent team and any future developments with the team. The applicant will be involved with the coverage of the sports scene of Connecticut and the happenings of athletes and programs connected to the state, as well as other general assignment and enterprise news connected to sports.
Create premium content for courant.com and other digital platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission. Senior journalists will be among the most sophisticated and experienced journalists in the newsroom, bringing particular expertise and knowledge to their coverage areas and able to create the most compelling content the newsroom has to offer. Senior journalists develop, report, analyze and create original news and feature stories in text and other forms, including, when appropriate, video, audio, podcasts, Facebook Live events, simple graphics, etc. They have exceptional writing and reporting skills. They are fluent in assessing audience through basic metrics and publishing on other platforms such as social media. They are prepared to promote themselves, their work, Tribune Publishing and The Hartford Courant through social channels, in broadcast media and at live events.
Senior journalists must be self-directed and consistently deliver superior work with little direct supervision. They often work long and irregular days and hours, sometimes on projects with demanding deadlines, and travel when necessary. Senior journalists must possess initiative; creativity; good news judgment; attention to detail; self-direction; the ability to multitask and meet deadlines; the ability and desire to work with a team; a strong command of the English language and a commitment to accuracy. They should have a sophisticated understanding of digital trends, social media and audience metrics.
Senior journalists are self-directed and consistently deliver superior work with little direct supervision. Long and irregular workdays and hours are often necessary, projects with demanding deadlines, and travel when necessary. Interaction with an editor/manager to discuss content piece at the beginning, during and end of the reporting process. Taking the initiative to work with visual editors to ensure relevant visuals are available during reporting process. Also working with visual journalists and content editors.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field. A minimum of five years of reporting at a news publication or website; knowledge and acceptance of Tribune Publishing’s and The Hartford Courant’s mission and strategy; excellent command of verbal and written English. Particular expertise and knowledge in the pertinent coverage areas. Exceptional writing and reporting skills. Fluency in assessing audience through basic metrics. Able and willing to work irregular hours and holidays as necessary. Proficient use of technology such as computers and software, iPhones, iPads, and other digital devices.
The Hartford Courant is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.