The News Writer is responsible for producing news articles and other reporting for the National Catholic Register’s print and online versions, as assigned by editors; and collaborating and supporting other EWTN platforms through television and radio appearances, as requested.
Research, plan and write articles assigned by the news editor in consultation with the editorial team; on average three stories weekly.
Conduct interviews and follow up with sources in person, over the phone or via email, as needed.
Participates in weekly editorial meetings on a regular basisProactively pitches compelling, timely and newsworthy stories, demonstrating knowledge of current events, Catholic news and the Register’s audience.
Employ creative solutions to common story problems, such as trouble reaching sources, tight deadlines, lack of art, etc.
Assists in selecting, preparing and posting daily wire stories, writing short news blogs or assisting social media upkeep, as requestedAssists in production tasks, such as editing, proofreading, headline writing, and posting content, as requestedAttends events to cover assignments or to keep abreast of industry trends and technologies.
Additional duties as assigned by the Managing Editor.
A practicing and committed Catholic, in the full communion with the Catholic Church.
Familiarity with contemporary social, political, and religious issues, and basic liberal arts formation in theology, philosophy, and history.
Capacity for analyzing events in relationship to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
3-5 years’ experience in Journalism or Communications, with emphasis on news writing, blogging and social media.
Excellent writing, editing and organizational skillsKnowledge of and ability to follow standard journalistic practices, particularly accuracy, honesty and fairness.
Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
Ability to work with sources, colleagues, advertisers and readers diplomaticallyKnowledge and application of AP Style and CNS Style.
Experience operating a digital SLR camera and taking news-quality photographs.
Experience operating audio and video recording equipment and software.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and email applications is requiredExperience in using basic Web site content management system.
Flexibility to find quick solutions to problems; and an awareness of trends.
Flexibility on work schedule; some nights and weekends requiredAbility to travel.
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, is strongly desired.
Undergraduate degree in communications, English, journalism, liberal arts or related field.
Résumés & cover letter including salary requirements should be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
TITLE: News Writer
REPORTS TO: Managing Editor
DEPARTMENT: National Catholic Register
LOCATION: Remote (East Coast)
FLSA STATUS: Exempt