Reporter (temporary)

SUMMARY

The reporter is responsible for researching, reporting and writing investigative and analytical stories and other content for chicagoreporter.com, public and media appearances to promote stories and participation in partnerships with other news outlets. This is a temporary position that is expected to last six to eight months.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

● Produce a minimum of four significant investigations a year and follow-up stories, charts or multimedia pieces.

● Participate in weekly staff meetings.

● Provide ideas for marketing/distributing stories to the publisher and marketing staff and report on story outcomes, feedback from readers and other examples of impact.

● In conjunction with the editors, develop ideas for graphics, photos, multimedia and illustrations to appear with stories and story packages.

● Work closely with photographers and the managing editor or photo editor on multimedia assignments.

● Represent the Reporter at public conferences, meetings and media appearances to discuss the work of the Reporter with approval of the publisher.

● Perform other tasks assigned by editors.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The Chicago Reporter is a mission-driven organization that investigates race, poverty and income inequality. To perform this job successfully, an individual must support the mission of the organization and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

● Bachelor’s degree.

● Minimum three years full-time reporting experience for a daily news organization.

● Demonstrated ability to develop story ideas, conduct public records searches and perform basic data analysis using Excel and other spreadsheets.

● Demonstrated ability to report stories that provide insight and analysis of public policy and its impact.

● Demonstrated knowledge and interest in racial and social justice issues and history.

● Familiarity with database programs.

● Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects on deadline.

● Ability to work collaboratively with others, both staff and outside media partners.

● Effective problem solving skills.

 

POSITION TYPE AND EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK

This a full-time position and hours of work are typically 9AM to 5PM but will vary based on reporting needs.

 

TRAVEL

Local travel is required for reporters to obtain content for their stories and promote their work.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Must be able to speak, read and write English with high proficiency. Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

Basic computer skills such as knowledge of Microsoft Word and other products. Working knowledge of spreadsheet software such as Excel or Access. Also demonstrated use of social media.

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data for news.

 

OTHER

Strong personal commitment to the Reporter’s mission.

● Willingness to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends

 

SUPERVISIORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

None

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work may require walking or standing to a significant degree, including ascending and descending stairs. Work requires expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, including imparting oral information to constituents, co-workers and the public. Work requires the ability to be able to hear and receive detailed information through oral communication. Work requires vision approximating 20/20 either naturally or through correction with lenses and a reasonable field of vision.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work environment includes occasional exposure to weather. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

 

EEO STATEMENT

Community Renewal Society provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CRS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. CRS expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CRS’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

 

OTHER DUTIES

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employees for this job. Duties and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Send cover letter and resume to Jessica Hollie, HR Administrator at: jhollie@communityrenewalsociety.org (Email)

(866) 794-0218 (Fax)

111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 820, Chicago, IL 60604 (Regular Mail)

No Telephone Calls Please.