The faculty, staff and students at USC are making a difference â and USC University Communications tells their stories. USC University Communications seeks an energetic next-generation journalist to join our creative editorial team as a Writer/Multimedia Journalist.
The Writer/Multimedia Journalist will seek out news across the university, telling the stories of USC faculty, staff, students, alumni and other members of the Trojan Family through news and feature content, in collaboration with fellow members of the University Communications team. Reporting to the Managing Editor for Online News, the Writer/Multimedia Journalist will create content for our university news site, USC News (news.usc.edu), as well as other university media.
Responsibilities include the following:
Finding stories that advance the universityâs priorities.
Preparing those stories with journalistic excellence, accuracy, ethics and flair.
Making and maintaining relationships with staff and faculty experts across the university.
Seeking opportunities to link USC stories to current events and societal trends.
The Writer/Multimedia Journalist will be comfortable reporting; writing for digital, print or broadcast; and occasionally shooting and editing audio and/or video packages. He or she also will work collaboratively with writing, editing and graphics/video staff across University Communications. The Writer/Multimedia Journalist will help determine the appropriate medium for each individual story: text, still photography, audio, video or other multimedia.
The ideal candidate has professional experience working for a digital content publisher where youâve shown that you can help a team produce effective, accurate and compelling digital-first stories every day, on deadline, about topics that matter. Youâre comfortable editing news and human-interest content that strives to make academic and scientific research accessible, interesting and relevant to people who arenât scientists or professors. You understand what makes stories interesting and inspiring. Youâre curious and know what the public is talking about. Lively, direct, high-quality writing matters to you. So does getting facts right.
Finally, the ideal candidate is self-driven and can work independently but also wants to contribute to the work of a team of creative colleagues. This candidate can work on several projects at once and adapt to changes in journalism and digital publishing.
Preferred job qualifications:
A bachelor's degree from a four-year college is a must. Bachelorâs degree in journalism, English, public relations, history or related field is preferred.
Five years of post-collegiate professional experience reporting and creating news stories in a multimedia journalism or brand journalism operation.
Exceptional news reporting and writing skills; experience creating optimized content for a professional news website or blog; ease with analyzing and explaining complex topics; strong knowledge of digital communications technologies and ability to write with an appropriate voice for different audiences and media.
Ability to directly engage with high-level faculty on potentially complex topics such as science and medicine, as well as collaborate with writers, editors, photographers, video producers and other public relations and creative team members.
Experience in a complex organization, the ability to work in teams, tactfulness and attention to schedules and detail are critical in this position. The ideal candidate will understand the importance of dealing politely and courteously with sources ranging from Nobel Prize-winners and university donors to incoming freshmen.
Mastery of grammar and AP Style and experience with news and social media writing styles.
Familiarity with university or academic environment is a plus.
Candidates local to (or already moving to) Southern California are strongly preferred â relocation is not included in this position. Position is full-time, onsite in Los Angeles (no telecommuting).
Required Documents -- Candidates must submit:
Resume, including college degree information.
Samples of writing/editing (two-three articles, posts, websites or similar).
Cover letter that includes well-considered, succinct responses to the following questions:
oÂ Â How many years have you worked for a digital content publisher? (Describe the writing/editing work you performed.)
oÂ Â How is that experience applicable to this position?
oÂ Â Why are you interested in this position with USC University Communications?
oÂ Â How would your skills and knowledge advance the success of USC University Communications?
Minimum Education:Bachelor's DegreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 YearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Experience with writing, editing, proofreading and the preparation of materials for publication
Internal Number: REQ20081496
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