Jacksonville Today Reporter

Department: Jacksonville Today

Reports to: Editorial Director

Job Summary:

Jacksonville Today, a thriving nonprofit local newsroom, is looking to add an experienced investigative reporter who’s adept at data journalism and data visualization. 

The digital reporter will focus on covering Jacksonville’s public institutions as part of our national-award-winning news team who’s filling key news and information gaps in Jacksonville’s local media ecosystem. 

Jacksonville Today’s weekday email newsletter and website have quickly built an audience by producing reporting that isn’t available anywhere else on topics including education, elections, the environment, law enforcement and Jacksonville’s Black community. We launched in 2021 under WJCT Public Media’s local journalism initiative, which has, to date, received more than $2 million in seed funding from national and regional foundations and other philanthropists. 

Thousands of readers start their mornings with the Jacksonville Today newsletter. Your reporting could be the first thing they read. Maybe it prompts them to contact a City Council member, sign a petition or share what they learned with a friend. 

Apply by emailing Editor Jessica Palombo at jessica@jaxtoday.org

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Report in-depth stories for civically engaged readers
  • Focus on investigative work, including data journalism and public records requests
  • Create multimedia elements for your stories, including but not limited to interactive data visualizations, quizzes, photography and social media embeds. 
  • Also cover breaking news in your focus area, as well as explanatory or solutions journalism, as warranted. 
  • Occasionally appear on WJCT News 89.9 talk programs to discuss your reporting

Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Impeccable research, writing and reporting skills, including requesting public records and data journalism
  • Rock solid journalistic ethics 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with editors and colleagues but also independently manage your own projects
  • Ability to publish your work in a content management system, preferably WordPress

Preferred skills/abilities: 

  • Agility with multimedia storytelling, including data visualization and reader quiz formats
  • Comfort with a variety of social media platforms for both promoting stories and finding sources

Education and Experience:

  • At least 2 to 5 years reporting news for web, print or broadcast; 
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field; 
  • Preferred: Track record of investigative reporting that broke news;
  • Preferred: Knowledge of Jacksonville’s major issues

Physical Requirements: 

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Work Location:

  • Hybrid – a mix of on site in our Jacksonville, Florida, newsroom and remote 

WJCT Public Media EEO Statement:

WJCT Public Media is an equal-opportunity, equal access employer. WJCT Public Media’s employment decisions are based on applicants’ qualifications for the positions being considered. These decisions are made with no regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, or any other protected status.

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WJCT Public Media values the unique thoughts and ideas diverse voices bring to our organization and to our community, and we pride ourselves on being an employer where individuals are given the respect, acceptance and support needed to achieve their professional best.

WJCT Public Media A Drug-Free Workplace:

WJCT Public Media is committed to providing a safe and productive work environment for our employees. As such, candidates being considered for employment with WJCT Public Media will be required to complete a pre-employment drug screen prior to any confirmation of offers.