City Hall Reporter

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City Hall Reporter

We're the Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), the company behind the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Our fast-changing newsroom is committed to telling great stories and deepening our connection with the communities we serve. We’re owned by the non-profit Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and we’re at the very center of the mission to create a lasting future for ambitious local journalism.

This reporter, based in City Hall, will focus on the politics that animate the nation’s fifth-largest city and will have a leadership role in our coverage of the 2019 municipal election, in which the mayor is running for reelection and a record number of candidates are plotting campaigns for City Council seats. The campaign comes as Philadelphia faces decisions on critical issues of gentrification, entrenched poverty, income inequality, and taxation. Whoever takes on this challenge should have the ability to find the story behind the story and to place Philadelphia issues in the national context.

Required skills and qualifications

• Minimum 3-5 years experience as a reporter

• Expertise reporting in Philadelphia and knowledge of city politics

• Proficient in digital content management tools

• Use social media for newsgathering and audience development

• Basic photo editing skills

• Comfort with fast-paced incremental storytelling (e.g., social media updates, live blogging)

• Basic data literacy and analysis skills and ability to build simple charts, graphs, maps with in-house tools

• Ability to gather, edit and post basic video and audio

• Ability to work remotely via smartphone or laptop computer

• Ability to interpret audience analytics to inform newsgathering decisions

• Understanding of platforms and audiences and ability to compose stories appropriate to the platform of publication (e.g., voice, style, formatting, hyperlinks)

• Ability to write headlines that sell a story across platforms; basic knowledge of SEO techniques

Core duties

• Ensure reporting offers a window on the communities we serve, that reflect their spirit, their personalities, their diversity

• Dig for and gather news and information; synthesize it in strong prose

• Cover spot news as needed

• Make use of visual elements to augment storytelling

• Build subject matter expertise and audience around a topic and cultivate sources

• Aggregate topical news from other sources and add value

• Use social media both as a reporting tool and as a venue for promoting work

Philadelphia Media Network is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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