Oct 03, 2019

Catholic News Reporter

  • Detroit Catholic
  • 12 State St, Detroit, MI, USA
Full time Media-Journalism

Job Description

The Archdiocese of Detroit is undergoing a missionary transformation to unleash the Gospel in southeast Michigan. The News Reporter is an accomplished multimedia journalist who will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief of Detroit Catholic in producing compelling, timely and relevant content for a diverse Catholic audience and evolving communications platforms including web, email, audio/video, print periodicals and social media channels.

The News Reporter will be responsible  for interviewing, researching and writing three to five articles per week, along with developing and preparing content for publication on DetroitCatholic.com and Detroit Catholic social media channels. This professional should be self-motivated and inquisitive, with an ability to tell the same story differently for web, print, audio/video and social media platforms. An ability to proactively develop, refine and pitch compelling story ideas of interest to local Catholics is also key. Candidate must also have the ability to take news-quality photographs to accompany stories using a DSLR camera.

This role requires travel throughout the six-county archdiocese to conduct interviews, attend special Masses, school activities and other Catholic events of interest. An ability to work evenings and weekends is required based on the stories being covered. The News Reporter should demonstrate a working knowledge of and respect for the Catholic Church’s moral and theological precepts, beliefs, structures and practices.

TO APPLY: Email cover letter (required), resume and three to five relevant writing samples to detroitcatholic@aod.org.

                                 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND TASKS REQUIRED BY THIS JOB

Reporting, Writing and Content Production

  • Research, interview and write three to five original articles per week, often on tight deadlines.
  • Write and create content daily in a variety of formats from news to social media to long-form narratives on Church issues primarily within the archdiocese, but also of national and global interest with an eye to how it relates to the 1.2 million area Catholics.
  • Pursue story leads, sources and contacts, generating and maintaining relationships with Church leaders both clergy and lay.
  • Take and edit photos and record multimedia (or arrange for them) in conjunction with stories.
  • Attend Masses and events throughout the six-county Archdiocese of Detroit and elsewhere.

Editing and Content Management

  • Assist with editing functions for a daily online publication, including news stories, wire content, sports, obituaries, email, social media platforms and multimedia (photo/video/audio) assets
  • Create headlines and cutlines, as well as social media copy for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Prepare content for publication using an online content management system (CMS)
  • Adhere to Detroit Catholic and Archdiocese of Detroit styles, norms and practices including Associated Press (AP) Style and the USCCB’s CNS style guide.
  • Solicit, collect and organize information for annual and semi-annual features, including fish fries, parish festivals, event listings and crowdsourced stories.

Miscellaneous

  • Maintain confidentiality of correspondence, conversations and materials processed through the Department of Communications and its affiliated departments and ministries.
  • Respect story and information embargoes, especially when originated from within the Archdiocese of Detroit, and communicate all such embargoes to the editor.
  • Maintain respect at all times for the Catholic Church and its moral and theological beliefs, precepts, leadership, structure and practices, especially as portrayed in news and feature stories.
  • Maintain professional appearance and demeanor, especially when dealing with outside sources or contacts.


QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Knowledge and Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications or related field is required.
  • Two years’ experience as a content creator either as a print or multimedia journalist
  • Fluency in social media platforms for both personal and professional purposes.
  • Excellent English communication skills, including copywriting, proofreading and speaking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills both in person and by phone with high professionalism.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments with a variety of coworkers, freelancers, clients, and volunteers on tight deadlines.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of policy and cultural issues facing the Catholic Church in Michigan, the U.S., and globally.

Specialized Knowledge & Training

  • Experience operating a digital SLR camera and taking news-quality photographs.
  • Experience operating audio- and video-recording equipment and software.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and Lightroom, is strongly desired.

Other Requirements

  • Must have reliable form of transportation with a valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal business hours to cover breaking news and events, including evenings and weekends, especially during emergency or time-critical situations.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills; high level of accuracy; exceptional attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Resourceful, reliable and accountable with a strong work ethic.
  • The ability to work outdoors

TO APPLY: Email cover letter (required), resume and three to five relevant writing samples to detroitcatholic@aod.org.


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