UConn Sports Reporter

Job Locations US-CT-Hartford
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/8/2021 2:53 PM)
Requisition ID
4588
Category
Editorial - Reporters
Position Type
Full-Time
Physical Work Location
Hartford Courant - Work from Home

Overview

The Hartford Courant is seeking an aggressive and curious reporter to join our sports team covering UConn athletics including football and men’s basketball. We are looking for a digitally savvy journalist who can move quickly and independently to turn stories on everything from breaking news to game coverage to features to enterprise. Accuracy and clean writing on tight deadlines are essential. The successful candidate must be a self-starter with a college degree and journalism experience covering sports and sports trends. We are looking for applicants who have solid news judgment, strong social media skills, an ability track down sources on short notice and a sophisticated understanding of digital trends, social media and audience metrics.  The ability to juggle multiple stories, produce a variety of content both quickly and accurately and change gears based on a variety of factors, including audience demand, is essential.

 

This position is remote but must be local to Hartford, CT.

 

We Offer:

  • Entrepreneurial, innovative, rewarding and team-oriented work environment
  • Competitive base salary 
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 401(k) match
  • A generous (paid) flex time off policy

The Hartford Courant is committed to hiring people with diverse backgrounds, voices and visions. Be yourself. Bring yourself. Because that’s the only way we will deliver on our mission to provide meaningful journalism to the diverse communities we serve. We hold ourselves accountable for fostering inclusion and opportunity across race, gender, age, creed, identity and experience. Join us.

 

Responsibilities

Create content for courant.com and other digital platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission.  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.  

Journalists possess strong writing and reporting skills; create photos and videos, making them available for digital and print publication; aggregating content or writing quick briefs, when necessary; assessing audience through basic metrics; and publishing on other platforms such as social media. Journalists must utilize 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.  Able to understand and engage in the optimization of digital trends, social media and audience metrics.

  • Being fast and accurate: Always striving to provide readers with what we know, when we know it. Be transparent about sources of information.
  • Employing creativity every day to conceive of stories, produce or secure visuals, get sources to cooperate, corroborate facts and present information to readers in the most relevant, interesting way.
  • Maximizing audience engagement with the site through use of various storytelling formats, including photo galleries, video, aggregation and a variety of layouts.
  • Creating news and features content, that is strong on grammar, punctuation, clarity and accuracy.
  •  Maintaining flexibility in approach and assignment, as the demands of the news and our audience can shift rapidly
  • Taking the initiative to fact-check, run background checks and confirm information before publication.
  • Delivering on time with minimal to moderate supervision and editing.
  • Cultivating beats, where appropriate, and sources.
  • Uncovering and proposing exclusive stories on newsworthy events and trends.
  • Contributing story ideas several times a week, including identifying and following trends outside assigned beat or topic areas, and informing supervisors of possible story ideas arising from trends.
  • Employing creativity to present all information in easy-to-read, visually appealing, informative and engaging format.
  • Conceiving, creating, editing, aggregating or producing various types of content. Depending on department, this may include videos, maps, timelines, multimedia, documents, graphics, photo galleries, gifs and social aggregations.
  • Taking or securing photos, and creating videos, making them available in the content management system.
  • Measuring performance of one’s own digital content through audience engagement metrics and working with audience team develop tactics and strategies to build audience.
  • Working with data and visuals teams, as appropriate, to deepen reporting and produce data-visualization content items.
  • Participating in production videos and live streaming with visuals department, as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 2 years 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.
  • Developed writing and reporting skills.
  • Works to enhance knowledge of basic metrics to better assess audience.
  • 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.   

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