Local government team seeking reporter

The Local Government/Economy Team is looking to hire an Atlanta City Hall reporter/correspondent.

This reporter will join Atlanta correspondent Leon Stafford in covering the day-to-day operations of the city, the mayoral election, the brewing bribery scandal and the exit of term-limited Mayor Kasim Reed.

 

Following the transition, Leon will lead our watchdog coverage on the Southside.

 

If you have any questions or interest in the job, please contact Senior Editor Todd Duncan or DME Leroy Chapman.

 

Click here to view the job description and to apply.  if interested.

 

You can also send the link to someone outside the AJC who might be interested in the position.

 

Here is the job description:

 

ATLANTA CITY HALL REPORTER

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

This correspondent is charged with developing and writing stories on the city of Atlanta beat. The correspondent is responsible for daily reporting on the city’s fiscal operations – including those of the government. The reporter must focus on unearthing inefficiencies and wasteful spending of public dollars and provide general watchdog reporting. This reporter will also write about political trends and public policy issues within Atlanta. The reporter will report to Sr. Editor Todd Duncan

 

JOB DUTIES:

  • Follow state legislative action as it relates to the city.
  • Identify social trends that provide readers with an understanding of residents’ lifestyles, politics, and community values.
  • Generate unique profiles that spotlight individuals who illustrate the richness and diversity of their communities.
  • Establish a large network of community contacts in order to ensure awareness of those issues that resonate with our audience. It will be this reporter’s responsibility to capture those conversations for our platforms. 
  • Must be able to produce clean, organized publication-ready content with a minimum of supervision.
  • He or she must be able to handle various distribution outlets such as social, free and paid, and must be able to use a variety of storytelling tools including video, data, and other narrative elements and emerging digital-only formats. At its most effective, this correspondent’s work will achieve tangible, positive results on behalf of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s readers.
  • Demonstrate a highly developed capacity to use the Internet as a reporting tool.
  • Must be able to break news often for ajc.com while quickly turning well-reported dailies and substantial enterprise for Sunday and Page One.
  • Must be comfortable with metrics and audience development strategies.
  • Collaborate across the newsroom and across topics, with reporters whose primary topics are transportation, business, public safety, politics, etc.

Qualifications

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent in experience.  

 

EXPERIENCE:

  • Five years of experience with a newspaper covering a county or municipal government preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Displays a clear ability to develop strong, reader-focused story ideas and write about complex concepts with clarity and authority.
  • Fluent in the use of government records and the state and federal open records acts. 
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and, when warranted, manage and juggle multiple stories simultaneously.
  • Must have strong skills in communicating and collaborating with editors and colleagues.
  • Capacity to shoot own photographs when needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in digital media, providing searchable data for Web readers, etc.
  • Work samples or portfolio must be submitted with application in order to be considered for this position.