Latino Community Reporter
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Latino Community Reporter
The Austin American-Statesman/statesman.comis seeking a bilingual journalist to report on the Latino community in Austin and across Central Texas as part of the USA Today Network. More than a third of our community is Latino and continues to grow, and Hispanics are now the largest demographic in Texas.
We seek a reporter who can build relationships in the community and tell stories of family, faith, work, education, and successes across our region. Spanish is the language that connect a growing segment of our community and it’s a prime driver of how business gets done in Austin.
The reporter will also be adept at communication tools from WhatsApp to street-level reporting at churches, construction sites and the playing fields.
We will address matters critical to our Latino community, including employment, exploitation, navigating local and state agencies to climate change.
The reporter can also support our USA TODAY Spanish initiative and assist our other Texas properties as needed.
- Create content (articles, videos, photos and social media posts) about local news that accurately informs, entertains and engages key audiences and platforms with metrics.
- Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
- Work toward becoming the community’s leading voice for news and issues.
- Plan and execute engagement opportunities to reach audiences through content, community events and social media.
- Work with editor to evaluate what's working and what's not and develop ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
- Collaborate with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e., photos, videos and graphics).
- Promote personal brand, colleagues’ brands and the institutional brand.
- Provide great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
- Foundational SEO skills including headline and page title writing, and GoogleTrends.
- Strong command of AP grammar and style.
- Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and ready to be published.
- Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
- Comfortable in fluid, fast-breaking, stressful situations.
- A desire to grow and develop a key beat in our newsroom.
- Is comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to enhance reporting and promote stories.
- Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
- Excels in a fast-paced news environment and understands the digital first mission.
- Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
- News often requires employees to work extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes unexpectedly.
- This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
- Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check, motor vehicle record check and drug screen.
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
1. Your resume – one to two pages.
2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job and demonstrates your reporting experience.
3. Clips of your work.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.