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State Government and Politics Reporter - The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, USA Req #11641
Monday, September 14, 2020
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The Tennessean and the USA Today Network - Tennessee is seeking a state government reporter to join our two-person statehouse team covering politics, the governor and the Tennessee General Assembly. State government and politics is an important topic, particularly for The Tennessean which is based in Nashville, the state capital.


The successful candidate will break news, tell stories about how policy and legislation impact Tennessee residents, particularly in key target audiences, and provide robust watchdog reporting on elected officials.


The writer who joins our award-winning team will have a commitmentto holding those in power accountable, a passion for storytelling and innovation, video and social media expertise and the ability to collaborate with colleagues in our newsrooms across the Volunteer State. The ideal candidate produces smart, context-filled stories and other content on tight deadlines and understands the difference in writing for various platforms.


This statewide position requires a versatile journalist equally skilled in building and working sources as well as developing and reporting new angles on trending topics. This reporter would also work closely with colleagues in our newsrooms elsewhere in Tennessee, across the South and at USA Today.


The successful candidate will:


  • Report and deliver a steady stream of news stories to a growing audience that looks the USA Today Network -
    Tennessee as the definitive source of news in Tennessee about state government and politics.

  • Put a human face on the news, approaching the beat through the lens of how policies impact Tennesseans, particularly in key target audiences.

  • Bring a digital mindset to the beat, using social media savvy to bring news to readers where they are. That means employing
    real-time metrics to respond to audience demand and reader interest.

  • Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.

  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues, and produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.

  • Act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connect with readers through social media platforms.


Here's what you need:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or related discipline

  • At least three to five years of reporting experience

  • Excellent communication and time management skills

  • Ability to produce accurate and detailed content in a competitive environment

  • Expertise with all major social media platforms

  • Video production skills a plus

  • A valid driver's license is required


The USA Today Network – Tennessee consists of The Tennessean in Nashville, the Knoxville News Sentinel,
The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, The Daily Herald in Columbia and the Oak Ridger in Oak Ridge. We are an energetic and fast-paced media company with a news team committed to covering Tennessee. If you’re looking for a rewarding challenge, the USA Today Network – Tennessee is the place to be.

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. 

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  • Job Family News
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Nashville, TN, USA