The Atlanta Journal-Constitution seeking an aggressive beat reporter to cover the Atlanta Braves, including breaking news, game and feature stories, notes and trends. There is an opportunity for in-depth features off beat coverage. The candidate should have at least three years as a beat reporter of a major league team. The candidate should have sufficient reporting muscle break news. The candidate 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.
The key requirements are:
• Reports and writes 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. Shows 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.
• Communicates and works 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.
• Produces smartphone photos and videos and collects data and other information for maps, charts and other supplemental content because digital skills are a growing part of this job. Needs to be comfortable 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.
• Has 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.
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