Ithaca/Elmira Communities Reporter

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The Elmira Star-Gazette, part of the USA TODAY Network New York delivers timely, relevant news and information of interest to our diverse target audiences in Ithaca, Elmira and surrounding Finger Lakes and Southern Tier communities. Special attention is paid to stories and videos that demonstrate the impact of events and trends on the lives and communities and neighborhoods of people in our market. We value revelatory journalism, both near-term and longer-term, that serves as a catalyst for positive change in our communities. Taken together, such work grows our digital audience and the number of our digital subscribers and ensures the Ithaca Journal and Elmira Star-Gazette are relevant forces in the community.

Job Purpose

?Researches, reports, writes and helps create compelling text and multimedia journalism that continuously serves the Upstate New York communities in Ithaca and Elmira.

?Develops relationships with sources, citizens, experts and others in order to provide unique insight into the impact of decisions, activity and events on readers and communities.

?Makes it a mission to inform and engage readers through immediacy, developing news reporting, enterprise writing watchdog journalism and riveting storytelling.

?Works with the news director, storytelling editor and other local and regional editors to deliver news stories, enterprise projects and storytelling for target audiences, and planning content for mobile devices, including photos, video and infographics.

Duties and Responsibilities

?Creates a deep base of contacts to maintain a flow of news, information and tips from which to create a balanced news report on a particular topic or issue that is of interest to the Ithaca and Elmira communities.

?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 on a particular topic or issue.

?Delivers key findings in a multitude of forms, including 30-second-read stories, photo galleries, short video and Infographics.

?Pays special attention to the issues and trending topics impacting how the topic or issue plays a role in the audience's lives.

?Builds a deep working knowledge of target audience behavior to ensure accountability content serves the needs of Family Forward ("impact me") or Know the Score ("talking points") audiences.

?Uses advanced knowledge of social media to help shape and promote coverage approaches and build relationships.

?Collaborates with content team to provide all the appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.


Required Qualifications include:

?Bachelor's in Communications, Journalism or equivalent in experience and education, or college degree in a related field.

  • Two years of reporting experience, which could include freelancing, internships and college publication work.
  • Social media skills and video production knowledge required.
  • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law
  • Preferred Qualifications include:

    ?Exceptional core journalism skills (reporting, producing, editing).

    ?Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our customers' time and money.

    ?Self-motivation and self-direction.

    ?Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities.

    ?Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.

    ?Knows how to use time effectively in an always-on workday.

    ?Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment.

    ?Must embrace peer-to-peer feedback and training.

    ?Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company's goals.

    ?Writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.

    ?Knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel etc)

    Physical requirements (if applicable)


    Direct reports and/or Org Chart

    No direct reports; this is a non-exempt position. Direct peers include other content creators in Binghamton-Ithaca-Elmira operation and journalists in Rochester and New York State team.

    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:
    1)Your resume - one to two pages.
    2)A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
    3)Links to 3-5 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 in a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.