Investigative Reporter

Location
Rochester, MN
Salary
Depends on Experience
Posted
Oct 16, 2020
Ref
3242804
Job Type
Long-Term
Hours
Full Time
We are adding an Investigative Reporter to our newsroom team. This role is responsible for producing engaging, relevant stories and/ or visuals in a variety of formats on all relevant publishing platforms, with an emphasis on digital content and publishing. The chief area of activity will be in investigative and explanatory journalism.

Additional responsibilities include:
  • Research and report on assigned and discovered topics and issues.
  • Determine story focus and write/ produce stories according to editorial style and format standards for all relevant publishing platforms.
  • Drive audience loyalty and digital growth through engaging and timely content.
  • Develop unique story ideas and content around key categories that drive digital memberships and reader engagement.
  • Pursue stories beyond mere daily news. Uncover hidden facts and trends in government, business, education, law enforcement and other areas of reader and public interest.
  • Follow daily news and, where needed, provide timely additional reporting to explain underlying facts and/or trends behind those stories.
  • Collaborate with digital teams and make use of available tools and technology to gain insight into story metrics, determine new ways to create and present content online.
  • Embrace a creative, collaborative approach with other team members and with other FCC departments and locations.
  • Contribute to the overall advancement of digital initiatives; share and promote digital content through various social media channels.

To excel in this role, the following skills and abilities are essential:
  • Writing experience for a newspaper, website, magazine or specialty publication is required.
  • Experience using digital analytics and social media tools is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of video and photo editing is preferred.
  • Some experience in proofreading or editing is preferred; AP Style knowledge is a plus.
  • Journalism or communications degree is helpful, though equivalent experience will be considered.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • A strong sense of purpose and urgency for the news.
  • Must be able to and juggle many different projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately using a Web-based content management system.
  • Must be creative, hardworking and a self-starter.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a driving record that is insurable by the company.


About the Organization
At Forum Communications Company, our legacy is deeply rooted in harnessing the power of communication to connect and inform people in the communities we serve. Since 1917, everything we do is driven by creating and sharing information, ideas and insights.

Today, we're a leading media and technology company that's home to a family of people whose passion and purpose is fueled by collaboration and innovation We believe in supporting each other, working hard towards common goals and having fun.

Come for the perks:

Excellent employee culture, competitive pay, 401(k), company-paid volunteer time, health and wellness initiatives for all employees. Additional perks for full-time positions include comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time off, paid holidays and paid time off for birthday, company-paid volunteer time, health and wellness initiatives, paid parental and pregnancy disability leave for qualifying employees.

Stay for the people:

Family-owned and operated since 1917, development and growth opportunities, inclusive, creative culture, safe working environment, employees of all ages and backgrounds, positive collaboration.

EOE Statement
We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


This position is currently accepting applications.