The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, the largest newsroom in Arizona, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a solutions reporter to examine systemic issues that cause individual problems in Arizona and explore potential solutions to these systemic barriers.
This reporter will focus on tips from our readers and communities and from official sources within various entities. The goal: Identify and understand systemic problems and attempt to fix them.
You will provide an outlet for communities that historically are not reflected in our coverage and emphasize community engagement as a reporting method.
This reporter will focus on enterprise that moves faster than the speed of months long projects. For example, you could examine systemic barriers such as employment, education and transportation opportunity gaps, how government funding designed to help people may not be doing so and how efforts to improve people’s lives actually play out in practice.
This fits into The Republic’s #HereToHelpAZ initiative but focuses on systemic, structural barriers instead of helping individuals solve their specific problems. Much of #HereToHelpAZ has focused on consumers, but this beat would focus on governmental issues.
The reporter would look to places with similar systemic issues that have successfully worked to address them, allowing our readers to understand potential paths forward and will work with beat reporters who are experts in their coverage areas and find opportunities to collaborate.
The stories will be inherently approachable to readers. They will identify problems and seek to provide options for solving them. Some stories would be traditional watchdog coverage, while others could be narrative-focused or explainers to help people better understand how systems work and what they can do if they run into problems.
The beat is ambitious, community-focused and primed for impact.
- Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics.
- Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.
- Serve as a public ambassador for our brand through community outreach and connecting with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
- Works with content strategist to evaluate what's working and what's not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
- Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.
- Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
- Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
- Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- 3-5 years’ newsroom experience.
- Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
- Energetic self-starter and a fast thinker who can spot stories that matter.
- Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
- Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
- Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
- Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
- Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
- This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
- Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and drug screen (for driving roles only).
We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
- Your resume – one to two pages.
- A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
- Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.
It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.
- Job Family Columnist and Journalist
- Job Function Consumer
- Pay Type Hourly
- Required Education Equivalent Experience
- Phoenix, AZ, USA