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2024 USA TODAY NETWORK Military Veterans Fellowship Program – Opinion Columnist Fellow

Gannett Co., Inc.

$19 - $24 / hour
Apply before: August 31, 2024
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  • Date posted
    May 2, 2024
  • Location
    Remote (US)
  • Salary
    $19 - $24 / hour
  • Apply before
    August 31, 2024
  • Career Level

Job Description

2024 USA TODAY NETWORK Military Veterans Fellowship Program – Opinion Columnist Fellow. This opportunity is for military veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in the journalism industry. Gannett and the USA TODAY NETWORK are looking for a talented Opinion Columnist Fellow to join our team. The ideal candidate will be passionate about local journalism and issues that have national implications. A strong track record of writing well-researched, thought-provoking opinion pieces that are relevant to our audience is imperative. As an opinion columnist with Gannett, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in our communities. You will be able to use your voice to raise awareness of important issues, to challenge the status quo, and to inspire change. This 6-month fellowship will run from June 3, 2024, to December 27, 2024. The start date is flexible for the right candidate. This is a remote position, and candidates can be based in any state except for Alaska or Hawaii. Our fellows’ pay is based on the cost of living in the cities they reside in, ranging from $19.28 to $24.04 per hour. This is a full-time 40-hour per week role with benefits. Gannett is the largest legacy media company in the country and is committed to investing in local journalism. We believe that local journalism is essential to a healthy democracy, and we are committed to providing our readers with the information they need to make informed decisions about their communities. Key features of the program: This opportunity is available to military veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in the journalism industry and working in a Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK newsroom. Fellows will participate in a six-month full-time fellowship. Fellows are eligible to participate in the Company’s comprehensive benefits package including, but not limited to, health & insurance, reimbursement & spending accounts and voluntary benefits. Your benefits eligibility effective date is the first of the month following your date of hire and will run through the end of the fellowship. You are also immediately eligible to participate in the 401(k) Savings Plan where a Company match is discretionary. Will be assigned to a mentor from Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) during the fellowship period. Receive coaching and mentoring from the Gannett team and MVJ. Develop and refine professional skills for success in the journalism field. Responsibilities: Write 2-3 opinion pieces per week on a variety of topics of interest to our regional audience, including politics, news, arts and culture, and business. Conduct thorough research and interviews to support your arguments. Write in a clear, concise, and engaging style that is accessible to a general audience. Stay up to date on current events and trends. Work closely with the Deputy Opinion Editor to develop and execute your editorial calendar. Promote your work through social media and other channels. Contribute content for our weekly/bi-weekly newsletter, reaching a growing audience of engaged readers. Research and analyze current events, political trends, and cultural issues from multiple perspectives. Craft compelling and persuasive content that inform, challenge, and entertain readers. Conduct interviews with experts and thought leaders to provide diverse viewpoints and enrich your content. Fact-check all information and ensure content adheres to journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness. Collaborate with the Director of Audience to develop engaging headlines, visuals, and calls to action. Stay informed about the latest digital publishing trends and optimize content for email deliverability. Requirements: Must be a military veteran who served in any of the six branches of the armed forces of the United States. Passion for local journalism and an unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism and public service. Strong command of AP writing, spelling, grammar, style and research skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills both inside and outside the organization. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Well-organized, detail-oriented and flexible. Ability to build source networks and bring a constant flow of story ideas. Good fact-checking and reporting skills. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment that is constantly evolving.