Here are the job descriptions for Gannett’s ‘Newsroom of the Future’

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My tipster writes: “Attached [in PDFs] are the new job descriptions for positions that will be available at the Pensacola News Journal. The job titles/descriptions/duties are being standardized across Gannett. Reporter job descriptions are customized to local ‘passion topics,’ but the basic duties and descriptions came from corporate.

“Under the ‘Newsroom of the Future,’ there are 16 job descriptions. Each newsroom employee at each Gannett property must be in one of these positions. They are all digital-centric and aligned with Gannett’s new “Picasso” initiative, in which journalism is driven solely by metrics and journalists are expected to be marketers and ‘community connectors.’ [A Gannett journalist writes in an email: "As a reporter who went through the Picasso training, that line is a little misleading. First, it’s not solely on metrics. Second, metrics is more than clicks. The Chartbeat and Omniture dashboards we have allow us to measure engagement, traffic source referral patterns, social boost etc…"]

“Gannett editors are meeting at corporate headquarters in two weeks to hear more about the rollout to the Gannett sites beyond the beta test sites.”

The Jobs
Community Content Editor
Main Function: Analyzes audience needs and procures complementary community content for all platforms, such as stories, photos, videos, news briefs and blogs. Seeks partners, services and contributors to deepen products’ reach and impact. Oversees the smooth editing and production of this content into both print and digital products. Pay range: $46,400-$69,000. | Read the full description (PDF)

Content Coach
Coaches, supervises and directs the work of reporters, encouraging independent planning and self-direction. Guides reporters and photographers by applying specific expertise to ensure that they create high quality content that fulfills the newsroom’s strategy across all platforms. Focus areas include, but are not limited to: investigative reporting, narrative writing, photography and videography, beat development and digital content. Sometimes takes a hands-on approach to accelerate a story’s path to publication. Guides journalists by consultation and coaching before, during and after the creation of content. Focuses on the most important, sensitive and complex stories. Pay range: $46,400-$69,600. | Full description

Engagement Editor I
Plans and executes engagement opportunities to maximize community impact and story resonance in print, digital, community event and social media settings. Oversees content that highlights discussions and debates on important community issues. Should possess expertise in social media, marketing and events planning. Connects content with creative ways to generate community interaction both virtually and through events. May directly supervise the work of producers. Salary range: $36,000-$54,000 | Full description /CONTINUES

News Assistant
Provides support for the newsroom. Writes, re-writes, assembles and publishes content such as calendars, listings, press releases, news briefs and sports briefs. Delivers content for digital and print platforms while meeting deadlines. Salary range: $19,968-$29,952 | Full description

Photographer/Videographer I
Creates and develops visual storytelling across multiple platforms, using both photography and videography to inform, engage and entertain fan bases. Acts as a public ambassador through community outreach and connects with readers through social media. Works with content coach, reporters and other photographers to improve content quality. Collaborates with content strategists and audience analysts to shape storytelling that will meet audience interests and needs. Salary range: $25,280-$37,920 | Full description

Planning Editor (print or digital)
Uses high level of expertise and judgment to determine the placement of content and has final say in the finished product. Planning editor supervise [sic] producers and has the authority to enforce deadlines. Oversees the planning, programming and production of newsroom content. Acts as a customer-experience expert and newsroom project manager. Collaborates with content strategists and audience analysts to program content by platform and ensure we deliver on key audience expectations. Ensures the right volume and quality of content across platforms for both daily and enterprise needs. Follows through the process from conception to publication to ensure SOPs are followed and deadlines are met. Pay range: $46,400-$69,600 | Full description

Reporter 1 (Prep Sports)
Researches, reports and writes compelling journalism that continuously grows a fan base by informing and engaging readers. Acts as a public ambassador through community outreach and connects with readers through social media. Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues. Works with the content coach, content strategists and audience analysts to shape storytelling to meet audience needs and interests on every platform. Salary range: $25,280-$37,920 | Full description

There are also Reporter 1 positions for Breaking News; Youth Reporter; Patriotism; Santa Rosa; Community Sports; and Crime and Justice. There’s a Reporter 2 position ($32,000-$48,000) for the Escambia beat.

Producer 1 (print or digital)
Manages the delivery of content to digital and print platforms and meets deadlines. Works with planning editor, content coach, reporters and photographers to best display content on all platforms, using a high level of judgment and creativity. Collaborates with engagement editors to maximize social media presence. Copy edits some content before publishing to digital platforms or handing off to a design studio. Pay range: $25,280-$37,920 | Full description

Reporter 3 (College and Pro Sports)
Same “main function” as Reporter 1. Salary range: $40,800-$61,200.

There are also Reporter 3 positions for Economic Growth, and Waterways.


 

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