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POST DATE 9/14/2016
END DATE 10/20/2016

Cox Corporate Services, Inc. Austin, TX

Company
Cox Corporate Services, Inc.
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
1612982
AJE Ref #
576168717
Location
Austin, TX
Experience
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Regular

JOB DESCRIPTION

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Description SUMMARY OF JOB
Research and write accurate, timely, balanced, comprehensive, fair and unbiased news, news feature and feature stories, often on a daily, deadline basis for the newspaper, its website and publishing partners such as CoxNet. Generate original, creative coverage ideas that lead to the publication of stories, take-outs, series and projects that are highly individualized, have measurable impact in the community and tends to initiate change. Maintain and develop a recognized expertise in a particular type of coverage. Nurture and enrich a portfolio of sources that give the paper access to a broad base of reliable information and a deep well of information in the area of expertise. Work cooperatively with photographers and graphic artists to produce the visuals that accompany stories.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESULTS AND CRITERIA
Develop coverage that is authoritative in a particular area of expertise, coverage that is predominantly original and creative in character, coverage that has measurable impact in the community and tends to initiate change. This should be coverage that anticipates, identifies and explains new events, issues and trends. This should be groundbreaking coverage that provides fresh insight for readers who are interested in, and knowledgeable about, this particularly area of expertise. This coverage must be well structured and delivered for publication by agreed upon deadlines. Published work should be unsurpassed by all other print and electronic information sources in Central Texas. The reporter s published product should improve the quality of the newspaper and meet the company s goal of being the premiere source of news and information in the region.

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Qualifications
Minimum

Education/Experience

Some college and some daily newspaper reporting experience. A demonstrated ability to write news, news feature, news analysis and feature stories, including personality profiles. A demonstrated ability to generate compelling, practical and publishable story ideas. A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain sources of information. Must have a thorough understanding of journalism and experience covering a variety of beats and/or topics. Must have developed a particular area of expertise. Ability to read, and gather information from, a variety of materials including newspapers, magazines, wires, publications, press releases. Ability to solve fundamental math problems such as addition, subtraction and percentages.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Enterprise reporters should have a well-rounded educational background and broad life experience. They should have a clear understanding of how society works and have a keen understanding of history, events, issues and trends in their particular area of coverage. They should be curious, open to varying points of view, observant, persistent, quick, accurate and balanced. They should be able to think visually. They should be well read and have a social conscience. They must be able to converse and write clearly in English. They must be able to gather and synthesize information to write accurate, timely, interesting, balanced and well-structured stories on a daily, deadline basis. They must be able to develop original and creative coverage. They must possess good writing, spelling, organizational and communication skills. They must be able to gather information using a wide range of techniques including face-to-face interviews, telephone conversations, e-mail messaging, the Internet research and standard hard-copy records searches. They should be versatile: able to cover breaking news, then turn around, report and write thoughtful, explanatory, analytical and interpretive pieces. They should have experience in beat and general assignment reporting and coverage of a range of topics and issues. They should have established relationships with sources of information on a broad range of topics and issues. They must be reliable and trustworthy. They must be able to exercise independent discretion involving matters of significance (such as what to cover and what/how to write) with little immediate direction or supervision. They should have the ability to solve fundamental math problems such as addition, subtraction and percentages. Knowledge of Texas, Central Texas and Austin is an advantage.

OTHER
The reporter must be able to quickly get to various locations in Central Texas during the day and at night and must be available to travel, if required. Must have transportation and a valid driver's license.

Preferred

Education/Experience

College journalism degree and more than 6 years daily newspaper experience. Should have a thorough understanding of journalism and experience covering a variety of beats and/or topics. Should have a good eye for news and feature stories and have a demonstrated ability to report and write news and feature stories as well as personality profiles, news analysis and explanatory stories. Ability to read, and gather information from, a variety of materials including newspapers, magazines, wires, publications, press releases. Ability to solve fundamental math problems such as addition, subtraction and percentages. Ability to establish relationships and get along with sources, peers and supervisors.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Enterprise reporters should have a well-rounded educational background and broad life experience. They should have a clear understanding of how society works and have a keen understanding of history, events, issues and trends in their particular area of coverage. They should be curious, open to varying points of view, observant, persistent, quick, accurate and balanced. They should be able to think visually. They should be well read and have a social conscience. They must be able to converse and write clearly in English. They must be able to gather and synthesize information to write accurate, timely, interesting, balanced and well-structured stories on a daily, deadline basis. They must be able to develop original and creative coverage. They must possess good writing, spelling, organizational and communication skills. They must be able to gather information using a wide range of techniques including face-to-face interviews, telephone conversations, e-mail messaging, the Internet research and standard hard-copy records searches. They should be versatile: able to cover breaking news, then turn around, report and write thoughtful, explanatory, analytical and interpretive pieces. They should have experience in beat and general assignment reporting and coverage of a range of topics and issues. They should have established relationships with sources of information on a broad range of topics and issues. They must be reliable and trustworthy. They must be able to exercise independent discretion involving matters of significance (such as what to cover and what/how to write) with little immediate direction or supervision. They should have the ability to solve fundamental math problems such as addition, subtraction and percentages. Knowledge of Texas, Central Texas and Austin is preferred. They should be able to communicate in Spanish.

OTHER
The reporter must be able to quickly get to various locations in Central Texas during the day and at night and must be available to travel, if required. Must have transportation and a valid driver's license.

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America's leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.

The company's operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100