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About the Company: 

The Baltimore Banner is a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to providing high-quality local journalism to the Baltimore metro area. We hope to reimagine the future of local news by building a vibrant, strong, trustworthy, and sustainable news organization. With a multi-platform news operation, we cover a wide range of topics, including local government, culture, and the arts. Our goal is to tell stories that reflect the community, foster connections among neighbors, hold government institutions accountable, and provide a comprehensive understanding of the world. Everything we do is rooted in truth, and we believe that our work can contribute to a more vibrant, informed, and united Baltimore, surrounding counties, and the state of Maryland.

About the Job: 

The Baltimore Banner is hiring reporters to cover the most interesting news of the day in Baltimore County.

These reporters will be generalists covering institutions of high interest to readers — including the school system and county government — as well as real people from all walks of life. These reporters will cultivate a diverse network of sources , representing parents, retirees, immigrants, business owners and community advocates, among others, to inform their coverage. The ideal candidate is versatile, equally adept at writing breaking news and enterprise stories in a conversational tone that engages readers. We want to do more than tell readers what is happening in the news; we want to tell them what it means and how it affects them.

Our regional coverage is consistently among our most read, and these reporters’ work will be integral to expanding The Banner’s audience into the suburbs.

 Responsibilities:

  • Write the news of the day quickly, with accuracy, context and sweep
  • Have a keen eye for interesting stories
  • Cultivate a diverse source network to inform story selection
  • Use and understand newsroom analytics to hone and identify coverage that serves readers
  • Collaborate with reporters across the newsroom
  • Work across social media platforms to connect readers with our content
  • Generate new ideas for audience growth
  • Represent The Banner in the community as needed – in person or on television or radio appearances

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in journalism
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Strong writing skills and ability to quickly make complex topics understandable
  • A strong instinct for news
  • Digital savvy and a familiarity with audience analytics
  • Ability to juggle breaking news with strong enterprise stories
  • Enthusiasm for news and content that will resonate with readers
  • Teamwork and willingness to collaborate with others
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends as news dictates
  • A commitment to upholding journalistic values and ethics

The Venetoulis Institute embraces diversity and inclusion, and we are wholeheartedly committed to being proactive in inspiring a culture of inclusion across our organization. We are dedicated to establishing an organization that reflects the fundamental respect for different ways of working and living, and we assure every employee the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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