The Acadiana Advocate is looking for digital-savvy reporter to cover daily news and take on investigative and data-driven enterprise projects relating to public safety and criminal justice in South Louisiana.
This job requires a reporter who is curious about what is important to readers in Lafayette and surrounding parishes and can use that knowledge, as well as digital metrics and social media, to break and report exclusive journalism.
· Develop story ideas based on leads or as assigned by conducting research, investigating and observing
· Write stories using proper grammar and following AP style guidelines
· Rework pieces as requested by editors and update pieces as needed for ongoing or developing stories
· Arrange and conduct interviews
· Create relationships with members of the community and government agencies to develop access to credible sources for future stories
· Quickly post stories online as appropriate and develop them further as needed.
• Use social media tools to develop, distribute and enhance stories.
• Help plan and execute the presentation of stories in a way that maximizes digital impact
• Regularly review metrics on story performance and develop story ideas based on top-performing content
· Meet all deadlines for projects as requested by editors
Job Skills & Qualifications
· Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays
· A focus on producing accurate and factual stories
· Experience as a newspaper reporter or newspaper intern
· Proficiency with computers and other office equipment
The Acadiana Advocate is in Lafayette, a city at the center of Cajun culture in south Louisiana that is home to the second largest university in the state. Lafayette is 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and just west of the nation's largest swamp, putting environmental issues such as the erosion of coastal marshes and global warming at the forefront. It has a vibrant music community, an evolving food scene steeped in tradition and a largely oil-based economy at a crossroads as the U.S. energy industry undergoes rapid change. The Acadiana Advocate is one of three interconnected newsrooms in south Louisiana, along with The Advocate in Baton Rouge and The Times Picayune in New Orleans. The team of reporters in our Acadiana Bureau is guided by our managing editor in Lafayette.