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U. Alabama Sports Reporter

Montgomery, AL

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University of Alabama sports reporter The Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for an energetic, enterprising reporter who can cover University of Alabama athletics. Want to cover the nationu2019s top college football program? One, under coach Nick Saban, that has won five national titles in the last nine years? This is your chance. This is a position that we are adding to our newsroom staff that will be based in Tuscaloosa. Obviously, time is of the essence. The season opener is less than three weeks away. If you think you have what it takes, you better respond quickly. We want a passionate, driven and creative person who has proven experience on a competitive beat. We donu2019t care about every canned press conference quote or minor injury. The person we hire must be able to break out from the pack and write the stories no one else is writing. The primary focus is football and menu2019s basketball while realizing many stories exist off the beaten path in other sports. This candidate must be flexible, mobile, open-minded and eager while embracing many ideas with a curiosity to learn more. We are looking for reporters who are S.W.A.N.s u2013 Smart, Works Hard, Ambitious and Nice. That is non-negotiable. Typical job duties: u2022 Create storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences through various platforms. u2022 Connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, etc.) u2022 Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues. u2022 Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand. Skills you need: u2022 Bacheloru2019s degree in journalism or communications. u2022 Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our customersu2019 time and money. u2022 Self-motivation and self-direction. u2022 Advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage fan base on digital platforms. u2022 Shoots and produces videos with nearly every story and handles basic editing of both. u2022 Effective communicator who can work with diverse personalities. u2022 Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment. u2022 Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the companyu2019s goals. u2022 Standard writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style knowledge of a professional journalist. u2022 Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct. u00a0 Interested applicants should apply online AND send your resume, five reporting examples and cover letter expressing why youu2019re the best candidate: Brad Zimanek, Montgomery Advertiser Sports Editor/Consumer Experience Director,****

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