Race & Ethnicity Reporter

Alabama, USA ● Montgomery, AL, USA Req #17040
Friday, July 2, 2021

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Race and Ethnicity Reporter

The Montgomery Advertiser/montgomeryadvertiser.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, seeks a race and ethnicity reporter to explore how race directly and indirectly affects our families, our communities, our opportunities, and our values.


Race cuts through many aspects of American life, particularly in the South and especially in Montgomery, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement. It is deeply embedded in our criminal justice system and the makeup of our neighborhoods. It influences our culture, politics and investments. The systems and processes we take for granted carry built-in inequities — some visible, many not. As a news organization we will seek, attempt to understand, and report on gaps. We will combine coverage of wrongs with solutions-driven conversations. We will serve the vulnerable and disenfranchised, and we will hold the powerful accountable.

While issues of race and ethnicity concern all beats in our newsroom, this reporter would be the lead enterprise reporter writing about the communities we are underserving in Montgomery and the issues we are underreporting, particularly within the Black community.

The ideal reporter will be curious, motivated and thoughtful, looking to drive an open, sincere conversation about race. They will produce daily impact stories and longer enterprise pieces. They must produce accountability journalism, focused on identifying where change is needed, and solutions-oriented journalism, exposing what other communities have done to address ingrained disparities.

This is not a news organization that shies away from these topics. In recent years we have gained national recognition for our work exploring the issues: We issued an apology for our role in stoking mob passions during the horrific lynching era. With colleagues across the South, we helped to produce “Confederate Reckoning,” a multi-media series that explored the complicated history of the Confederacy and the racism that has been perpetuated overtly, systemically and harmfully through modern times. Our work is far from over. We are committed to building stronger communities not by idealizing the past, but by underscoring the opportunities to deliver on the greater good. We are committed to building stronger newsrooms, by challenging our own biases and creating honest dialogs.

The Advertiser is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning news operation that has swept top awards from the Alabama Press Association and Associated Press Media Editors in the past several years. Our newsroom, which has maintained its size the past three years, continually produces stories that earn national acclaim and recognition. We are part of the USA Today Network, which has nearly 500 news sites across 46 states.


Montgomery, Alabama’s state capital, lies along the banks of the Alabama River and is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, Hyundai Motors, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Not only is Montgomery an epicenter of civil rights, it stands at the forefront of high technology as the first city in Alabama and the fourth in the Southeastern U.S. to launch an Internet Exchange tech hub. Montgomery is also home to a vibrant, growing downtown and diverse cultural offerings from music to professional baseball.


Montgomery is an evolving city, continually reflecting on its past while trying to determine its future. It’s a good time to be here as a journalist – plenty of stories to cover and attention to gain. Come join our close-knit team and grow with us.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Connects 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.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1-3 years’ reporting/newsroom experience.
  • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
  • 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.


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 3-6 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.
 
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Other details

  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • Alabama, USA
  • Montgomery, AL, USA