|Location:||NC - Fayetteville|
|Job Category:||News Room / Editorial|
The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer is seeking a reporter to cover Fort Bragg, the largest Army installation in the United States and one of the most important military centers in the world.
With about 55,000 active-duty soldiers, plus thousands of more military family members, civilian workers and contractors, Fort Bragg is comparable to a mid-size city right next to Fayetteville. It is home to much of the nation’s quick reaction and special operations forces, which means soldiers from here are constantly on the front lines somewhere around the globe, or quite often are working behind the scenes on missions. We tell their stories, to include at times traveling with Bragg soldiers and embedding with units.
This high-visibility beat is a busy one. We write about what’s happening at Fort Bragg, including training, new warfighting strategies and technology, military justice and major construction projects. But we also focus on writing about soldier life, military families, veterans issues, the invisible scars of war and local battlefield heroes. We look at broader issues of national interest, such as how the Army is evolving, problems with the VA system, the implications of political policies on service members and their mission, and how budget crunches impact readiness.
The Observer values enterprise and investigative reporting, and this beat is no different. We want a reporter who is an ambitious watchdog able to dig through records and databases, pursue public records requests, wade through roadblocks and bureaucracy, develop great sources and break stories. The right candidate will be someone who has experience and proven skills in these areas and can demonstrate how he or she has successfully juggled multiple assignments on daily deadlines to produce journalism that has an impact. Our newsroom also values innovation and creativity. We are heavily focused on digital, to include a digital team that collaborates with reporters to produce video, podcasts, live broadcasts, interactive graphics and anything else that helps us maximize the reach of our journalism.
Fayetteville is a diverse city of more than 200,000 people (500,000 including bedroom communities) with a thriving downtown that will soon have a minor league baseball stadium. This is a great news town that often finds itself thrust into the national spotlight because of the importance of Fort Bragg to global security.
Here are some of the most important requirements to be considered for this position:
- --Experience at a daily newspaper. This is not an entry-level position, but this is a great opportunity for young journalists to grow.
- --A unequivocal commitment to accuracy, fairness and journalistic ethics.
- --A proven ability to build sources and use them effectively.
- --A keen eye for recognizing good stories and a proven ability to dig them up.
- --A solid understanding of the value of social media to accomplish our goals.
- --An eagerness to engage with our readers and audiences.
- --Familiarity with database tools and how to use data in your reporting.
Familiarity with the military is a plus, but it is not required.
Our benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, a matching 401(k) program and a generous time off program.
To apply please submit your resume & writing samples to
Lorry Williams, Senior Editor at: