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 breaking News Reporters who can cover the day's news with urgency and accuracy. The ideal candidates will be a quick study who can write on various topics with context and sweep. We want to do more than tell readers what is happening in the news, but also tell them what it means. This is not a job that acts as a daily police blotter. Instead, breaking news reporters are expected to produce meaningful, well-reported content. This job is ideal for the reporters who like the adrenaline of chasing a story and being in the mix of the day's news. It is also great for younger reporters looking to sharpen their skills. The job will also involve writing and reporting general assignment enterprise stories.

The Banner prioritizes collaborative, ambitious candidates and is willing to experiment with storytelling in multiple forms on many platforms. 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 the stories of the day quickly with accuracy, context, and sweep
  • Come up with enterprise ideas for when news is slow
  • Develop sources on various beats to turn to on deadline quickly
  • Work across social media platforms to help our readers engage with our content
  • Generate new ideas for audience growth and be open to new ways of reaching readers
  • 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 2 years of experience in journalism
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing skills and ability to quickly make complex topics understandable
  • A strong instinct for news
  • Good sourcing across many beats
  • Ability to juggle breaking news with strong enterprise stories
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • 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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