Regional Sports Editor
Posted on: January 17, 2020
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Regional Sports Editor
The Reno Gazette-Journal/rgj.compart of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is
seeking a dynamic, metrics-informed newsroom leader to join its
team of journalists serving Nevada's Biggest Little City - and
directly supporting sports reporters at four other USA TODAY
Network newsrooms in Utah and California: The (St. George)
Spectrum, Redding Record Searchlight, Visalia Times-Delta and The
This newly created position will provide strategic leadership to at
least six sports reporters in five newsrooms, including two direct
reports in Reno, where the Nevada Wolf Pack's Division 1 teams are
a local obsession.
You will be a leader in reinventing local high school and community
sports coverage as we leave gamers in the rearview. We shouldn't be
the first to tell you that a winning sports strategy is the No. 1
way to grow digital subscriptions - you should be all over that
already and be eager to show us your plan for capitalizing on
You're not just a stat-head or a sports fan - although it's cool if
you are. You must be a fan of sports fans and a fan of community
residents throughout three western states who demand authoritative
news delivered with a direct impact on their lives. Your knowledge
of SEO and how readers come to consume our content will serve you
better than your ability to explain OPS.
The Gazette Journal has long been a transformative force within the
USA TODAY Network, and you'll bring that to our sports coverage. We
aren't interested in talking about game coverage. However, talk to
us about ranking everything, providing multimedia-rich coverage of
athletes in action, insightful analysis of major trends and
surprising insight into the people and forces influencing our local
sports scene and you'll have our attention.
The Reno Gazette Journal is the leading news organization in
Northern Nevada, focusing on journalism that aims to change lives
and laws for the better. Its newsroom includes FAA-certified drone
photographers, podcasters who've made nationally recognized shows
and savvy public records hounds who consistently get results with
their investigations. It's won countless awards over the years,
from a Pulitzer Prize to many top nods from the Nevada Press
Association. Recently, some of its biggest accolades include a
Murrow Award and a finalist nod for the Knight Award for Public
Service. It's been covering this part of the country for nearly 150
Reno is part of a thriving metropolitan area that includes about
450,000 residents. While it's known first for its downtown casinos,
Reno has emerged as one of the top destinations to live for people
who love the outdoors thanks to the vicinity of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid
Lake and the Sierra Nevada range. If skiing is your kind of thing,
it takes about a half hour drive from downtown Reno to get on a
chairlift. We're located about two hours from Sacramento and four
hours from the Bay Area.
The Gazette Journal is a digitally oriented newsroom that demands
excellence in multi-platform storytelling. Want to wow us? Go
beyond the byline. Show us how you can bring your work to readers
in real time and via the many multimedia tools at your disposal.
Show us excellent communication skills mixed with an inquisitive
mind and a bold use of diverse sources. If you can show us those
traits, we'd love to win with you.
Own the strategy for five distinct communities' local sports
coverage, supporting at least six reporters and building a loyal,
passionate audience across the region.
Employ metrics, best practices and experimentation to grow both
total audience and sports-driven digital subscriptions.
Directly lead the two-person Reno team's coverage of Wolf Pack
athletics, high school and community sports, and trending sports
news of northern Nevada interest.
Work select nights and weekends to support and provide real-time
coverage of Reno-Sparks sporting events.
Work with the USA TODAY Network regional sports editor to surface
local-to-national reporting to USA TODAY and across our network
Coach reporters to independent planning and self-direction -
before, during and after the creation of content - helping them
shape ideas and tailor content specific to audience and
Story/line edit most Gazette Journal sports content.
Consult and edit significant sports enterprise for the four smaller
Lead weekly and long-term planning of all five newsrooms' sports
content and ensure reporters are fully engaged with the overall
Create detailed advance content plans and work schedules in
collaboration with reporters.
Ensure budgets are updated in a timely fashion so anyone in the
Network can see what the sports reporters have coming on a daily,
weekly and ongoing basis.
Work with our regional content strategy team to provide daily,
weekly and long-term digital metrics analysis for sports reporters
in all five newsrooms.
Serve as a versatile and active member of the Gazette Journal
newsroom leadership team.
Maintain close communication and coordination with regional
executive editor based in Redding and with local editors in each
Bachelor's or master's degree in communications, journalism,
marketing or related field preferred or an equivalent combination
of education and experience.
Five years of media management experience.
Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.
Be an effective communicator; able to get along with diverse
Be passionate about (and skilled at) developing the careers and
potential of your team members.
Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple
Demonstrate ability to hold yourself and those around you
accountable to shared goals.
Ability to apply innovative, creative thinking to support the
Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our
customer's time and money.
Experience editing and shaping watchdog and investigative
Exceptional planning and organizational skills.
Understanding use of metrics, social-media and SEO knowledge.
Self-motivation and self-direction.
Strong grasp of journalism skills (reporting and editing) and
advanced knowledge of writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local
Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a
rapidly changing environment.
Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company's
The ability to work collaboratively.
A 24-hour news environment often requires employees to work
extended hours, evenings, weekends and holidays, sometimes
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:
Your resume - one to two pages.
A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
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
Here's what we have to offer:
We offer a competitive salary and career growth opportunities. We
also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes
medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability,
long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays,
employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k)
is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are
eligible for a 100% Company match!
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
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