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James Rosica

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227 N Bronough St., Suite 6600 Tallahassee, FL 32301
Tallahassee Florida United States 32301


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Higher Education reporter

Job ID: 63610
Job Views: 579
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Postal Code: 32301
Job Category: Newspapers
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Negotiable
Posted: 09.15.2021

Job Description

Higher Education Reporter

The Tallahassee Democrat, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a higher education reporter to produce exclusive enterprise and watchdog work focusing on Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College.

You will be required to go out and find the best stories that illustrate not only student life, but the “town and gown” relationship, the relationship between lawmakers and the schools, and major research developments. Building relationships and sources is key.

By way of example, you will be expected to:
  • Cover big events – dorm move ins, homecoming, graduation, annual faculty awards, ranking releases, states of the university speeches – and get ahead of them when possible.
  • Always ask the money question: Universities spend a lot of money on salaries, research, facilities. What are they allocating funds to next?
  • Spot trends on campus. Ask students what is new. What's ‘normal’ for students is often novel for readers.
  • Cover board of trustees meetings with an eye on what’s driving the agenda. Major changes often have to go through these bodies.
The higher education reporter will be expected to work with other news and sports reporters when needed. Enterprise work of statewide interest is encouraged. A background in education reporting is preferred but not required. A deep curiosity about education trends is a must.

This reporter is expected to break exclusive news. The person will identify, produce and post stories, photos and video quickly and accurately across multiple platforms, including social media. This reporter may be asked to handle general assignments and breaking new when needed.

Tallahassee — population ~200,000 people — is the capital of Florida. It has a vibrant arts district (Railroad Square) and a thriving business sector. The universities and state government are our biggest drivers.

  • Research, report and produce compelling content that continuously grows a fan base by informing and engaging readers.
  • Act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connect with readers through social media.
  • Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events.
  • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues. Produce watchdog journalism that leads to change.
  • Use real-time metrics to respond to user demand and reader interest.
  • Work with newsroom leaders to shape storytelling to meet audience needs and interests tailored to appropriate platforms.
  • Contribute to the community’s greater good through impactful journalism.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's or master’s in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1-3 years of professional journalism experience or significant internship experience.
  • High-level writing, communication, and time management skills, and a demonstrated ability to work well on deadline.
This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check and drug screen.     

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 – no more than two pages.

2.            A cover letter of at least one page that outlines how you would approach the job.

3.            Links to 5-10 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.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. As such, we will consider all qualified applicants for employment and do not discriminate in connection with employment decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, personal appearance (including height and weight), sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy status (including childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), education, genetic characteristics or information, political affiliation, military or veteran status or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state and local laws in the jurisdictions where Gannett employs employees. In addition, Gannett Co., Inc. will provide applicants who require a reasonable accommodation, as a result of an applicant’s disability or religion, to complete this employment application and/or any other process in connection with an individuals’ application for employment with Gannett Co., Inc. Applicants who require such accommodation should contact Gannett Co., Inc.’s Recruitment Department at

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