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Opinion Writer

Company: The McClatchy Company
Location: Fort Worth
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Fort Worth, now the 12th-largest city in the U.S., is in a time of tremendous growth and change. It needs strong journalism and thought leadership to hold leaders accountable, spot problems and offer solutions, and ensure communities aren't left behind. As a Star-Telegram opinion writer, you can help shape our community's future and build your profile as a journalist who makes a difference. You'll move at the speed of news, aiming to serve a digital audience with timely opinion and analysis grounded in reporting. We're looking for a writer with proven reporting skill, including the ability to break news, conduct fruitful interviews and research in various areas, all on deadline. We want a thinker with an interest in exploring a range of topics - including politics and government, education, economics, criminal justice/policing, healthcare and culture. Fort Worth is part of the fourth-largest media market in the U.S., with cultural gems, increasing diversity and, yes, killer barbecue. It's a fascinating news town and a great place to live. Key qualifications: * Strong writing skills, including the ability and willingness to speak on behalf of the Editorial Board and argue positions you may not entirely share. * An ability to synthesize and analyze to give readers a thoughtful perspective on issues and events. * A commitment to local/state news and digging deep into several local communities. * Digital-journalism reflexes and storytelling chops. * Audience focus, including a zeal for understanding and using readership data, mastering SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital and pursue innovative approaches to reach underserved audiences. * An enterprise mentality and desire to go deeper on a story. Required/Preferred skills: * Bachelor's degree in a relevant field * five or more years of experience writing and or editing news, preferably in a digital-first environment. * Not required, but preferred: Spanish proficiency; time spent living and/or reporting in Texas; proficiency with data journalism; and multimedia skills, including video recording/editing and podcasting. We have an excellent compensation and benefits package. #LI-TH1

Keywords: The McClatchy Company, Fort Worth , Opinion Writer, Advertising , Fort Worth, Texas

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