Great Falls Tribune Reporter The Great Falls Tribune is seeking a reporter to cover crime, federal and district courts and spot news in northcentral Montana.
This reporter must be adept at taking photos and video and will file quickly across platforms: mobile, desktop and social media.
This reporter is expected to develop enterprise and investigative work, such as sophisticated analysis of crime trends. Database skills are a plus.
Clear, fast writing is essential, along with the ability to turn breaking news coverage into readable storytelling. Source development is critical, cultivating contacts among first responders, law enforcement, judges and court staff.
This reporter will use live chats, social media, video and other tools to replace or supplement traditional story forms. He or she will use metrics to understand what’s resonating with readers and will shape coverage to steadily increase audience. Duties include writing compelling headlines and employing SEO best practices to draw in readers.
Days and hours can vary, with some evening and weekend shifts. Flexibility is needed for this role.
Candidates must have a college degree and prior professional journalism experience or significant internship experience. Demonstration of sound news judgment and the ability to work independently when necessary is a plus.
The Great Falls Tribune is a Pulitzer Prize winner. We reach readers across the state with our daily Great Falls Tribune editions, our award-winning greatfallstribune.com website and various nondaily publications.
The Great Falls Tribune is committed to diversity and an equal opportunity employer. Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check.
Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.
State Capital Reporter
Among the traits we’re looking for in our next hire: a curious and intrepid journalist who understands government and politics, can cultivate trustworthy sources, is comfortable pursuing a broad range of stories and beats, isn’t afraid to roll up his or her sleeves and pore over documents and campaign finance data, can write clear and compelling stories about complicated topics, is able to produce digital content or is willing to learn, and is comfortable talking about his or her reporting to the public.
Stories and topics you’ll report on for Montana Free Press will include:
- Campaign finance and “followthe-money”
- Montana’s biennial legislative session
- State government
- Land use
- Climate change
- Anything else of significant importance to the people of Montana
Montana Free Press is a fast-growing upstart nonprofit news organization that serves as a statehouse news bureau for the Big Sky state. That means in addition to reporting duties, you will also be asked to help update the website, create and edit digital content, manage social media, coordinate and collaborate with editors and reporters at partner news organizations, and assist in other tasks necessary to the day-to-day operations.
Applicants must have at least two years of prior journalism experience and excellent writing, research and interpersonal skills. They must be proficient in AP Style, WordPress, HTML and social media platforms. Sound knowledge of analytics tools and multimedia reporting a major plus. Candidates also must be self-starting, well-organized, detail-oriented and enjoy working with data, and should have a good understanding of the U.S. political system and money’s role therein. Good time management skills are essential, as is a commitment to our mission and to journalism that has an impact.
Competitive salary, depending on experience.
People of color, women, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Montana Free Press is Montana’s premier online news organization.
Founded by veteran political and investigative reporter John S. Adams, Montana Free Press was featured in the Sundance award-winning documentary “Dark Money,” which is in theaters now and will air on PBS stations nationwide beginning Oct. 1. Adams was formerly the Capital Bureau Chief of the Great Falls Tribune and was a correspondent for USA TODAY.
The expected start date for this position is October 2018, and applications will be considered beginning immediately.
Send résumé, cover letter and no more than three clips or short writing samples to: [email protected], or via snail mail to:
Montana Free Press
34 W. 6th Ave, Ste. 2F
Helena, MT 59601