Reporter I (Breaking News)

Tribune Publishing
Oct 18, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time

Responsible for covering statewide breaking news, updating stories online frequently throughout the day and actively engaging in social media to both inform and interact with readers. Speed and accuracy are critical. This person must work with the breaking news editor to create digital plans for their stories, assuring the online presentation includes visual and other elements that will create a dynamic and timely experience for readers of, and the Hartford Courant.


* Approach the job from a digital perspective, posting news, video and information and engaging readers in real time.

* Develop sources to keep the Hartford Courant breaking news operation on the cutting edge of breaking news.

* Actively monitor competing websites and news organizations.

* Aggressively use social media to both report - and solicit - information.

* Think visually: Shoot video and photos to accompany stories.

* Update daily news budget.

* Write clearly, quickly and accurately.

* Use the Courant's content management system to produce and post stories directly to the web.

* Work cooperatively with newsroom staffers.


* College degree preferred

* Two plus years reporting/writing for online or print publication

* Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays.

* Excellent writing, reporting and editing skills

* Excellent understanding of social media platforms and how to use to distribute and gather news

* Familiarity with video editing software, like Videolicious and/or Final Cut Pro

* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

* Ability to work well with others

* Ability to organize and follow through

* Ability to maintain accuracy in a fast paced environment while managing multiple priorities

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