Food Dining Beer Beat Reporter - St. Cloud, MN

Food Dining Beer Beat Reporter – St. Cloud, MN

Times Media, a Gannett Co., is seeking a Food Dining and Beer Beat Reporter . This individual researches, writes and reports compelling journalism that continuously grows a fan base by informing and engaging readers. Acts as a public ambassador through community outreach and connects with readers through social media. Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues. Produces watchdog journalism that leads to change. Works with the content coach, content strategists and audience analysts to shape storytelling to meet audience needs and interests on every platform. Contributes to the community’s greater good through impactful journalism.

In this role, you will:

•Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics. Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.

◦locally grown, created and produced foods
◦dining out w/ emphasis on value for young families
◦ethnic cuisine and the local cooks and eateries that serve it
◦Family dinners. Food as a social experience
◦Booming craft beer trend in Greater St. Cloud area and Minnesota

•Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
•Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.
•Report and write reviews of area restaurants with responsibility for format for those reviews
•Contribute content to digital and print Life sections, and writes column and other content for D’Lish
•Works with content strategist and audience analyst to evaluate what’s working and what’s not, and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
•Participate and helps plan local food related events and other engagement efforts. Those could include contests, recipe exchanges and reader chats with chefs and other cooking experts.
•Focus on the people behind the food
•Exploit opportunities for video with the food-dining-beer content
•Included in Saturday reporter rotation
•Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
•Coaches and mentors less-experienced journalists.
•Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.

Here’s what you need:

•Ability to produce top-notch watchdog journalism.
•Exceptional cross-platform storytelling skills
•Exceptional core journalism skills (reporting, producing, editing).
•Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our customers’ time and money.
•Self-motivation and self-direction.
•Advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage fan base on digital platforms in the public space.
•Photo and video skills.
•Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities.
•Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
•Knows how to use time effectively in an always-on workday.
•Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment.
•Must embrace peer-to-peer feedback and training.
•Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company’s goals.
•Writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style.
•Industry knowledge.
•Organizational skills.
•Command of media law and Principles of Ethical Conduct.

Here’s what we have to offer:

•Competitive compensation
•Comprehensive Health, Dental and Vision coverage
•Life Insurance
•401(K) Saving Plan
•Paid Time Off
•Paid Company Holidays
•Paid Time Off to Volunteer in the Community
•Employee Discount Program

Times Media, a Gannett Co., Inc., is part of the Gannett Co. an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package that includes a 401(k) plan.

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About Us:

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a next-generation media company committed to strengthening communities across our network. Through trusted, compelling content and unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of nearly 100 million people monthly. With more than 110 markets internationally, it is known for Pulitzer Prize-winning newsrooms, powerhouse brands such as USA TODAY and specialized media properties. To connect with us, visit

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