About the Company:

The company is a high-profile, well-funded startup that is supported by some of the top names in the media industry. Solely focused on the Baltimore area, they are creating a new paradigm for digital-first, cross-channel local media. Their content will extend across web, mobile (app), radio (terrestrial and satellite), and video (TV and digital). Their vision is to be the leading provider of news and lifestyle content in the Baltimore area.

About the Job: 

The Baltimore Banner is hiring reporters to write about the 200 unique neighborhoods that help define Baltimore's personality. We are looking for reporters with an intense curiosity who can unearth the characters and narratives that can only be found by immersing themselves in these neighborhoods. This beat has the potential for a wide variety of stories, including profiles of community members, the impacts of gentrification and under-investment, crime stories, and narratives about how residents navigate Baltimore city bureaucracy to meet the needs of their neighborhoods. The reporter will write about the city's more significant problems – poverty, crime, demographic changes - using these neighborhoods as microcosm examples. Baltimore is a city with a declining population, but one that is also seeing an influx of new younger residents and baby boomers from the suburbs and Washington, D.C. The reporter will write about that change from the neighborhood-level perspective. We want to emphasize neighborhoods that haven't been traditionally covered by Baltimore media. These beats will allow reporters broad flexibility for shaping coverage.

The ideal candidates are collaborative, ambitious, and willing to experiment with storytelling in multiple forms on many platforms. Reporters should have excellent news judgment, robust reporting, writing skills, and experience covering a beat. Knowledge of education issues and policy is a plus. We are a mission-driven organization focused on local news and improving the community. We expect all candidates to believe sincerely in that mission and work collaboratively as a team. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive newsroom with positive morale and culture. 

Responsibilities:

  • Write and report compelling stories about Baltimore neighborhoods and communities that reflect all people in our coverage area
  • Engage community leaders and tell stories in new ways with broad scope and context that are reflective of larger issues facing the city
  • Contribute daily coverage, enterprise stories, and long-term projects
  • Develop a robust set of sources on the beat to help generate scoops as well as surprising and engaging story ideas
  • Represent The Banner in the community as needed -- in person or on television or radio appearances 
  • Use and understand newsroom analytics to hone and identify the coverage that serves readers

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in journalism 
  • A track record of excellent and accurate reporting 
  • Can convey complex ideas with clarity and precision
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Strong ability to use social media to enhance reporting, promote stories and keep in touch with what readers are talking about
  • 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 
  • Knowledge of education coverage is a plus 

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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