The Merced Sun-Star is looking for a senior reporter to spearhead news coverage in Merced County and to supervise a team of reporters.
The ideal candidate is someone who exhibits a passion for public accountability journalism and has the news judgment to discern the issues, motivations and trends that shape communities in Merced County and the central San Joaquin Valley.
A minimum 3-5 years reporting experience in daily or digital media is required. The candidate would be responsible for leading a team of reporters while also writing and editing content, plus coordinating content with editors.
The senior reporter is someone unafraid to ask local officials tough questions while also being able to quickly write compelling headlines and SEO that engage readers and increase audience.
The candidate must be comfortable digging through financial documents and reading the fine print to find stories others would overlook. The senior reporter would have regular meetings with local leaders and community stakeholders, with an ear to the ground for what community watchdogs and gatekeepers are talking about.
Being able to meet tight deadlines for breaking news and having a flair for social media/digital reporting are also requirements.
Good people skills and an ability to operate in a team atmosphere are a must. This is a job for someone who is detail oriented, who has strong leadership skills and is adept at producing both hard news and feature stories.
The candidate would also play a key role in overseeing news content for McClatchy's Los Banos Enterprise weekly newspaper.
Must have reliable transportation. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).