National Reporter, Guardian US

Guardian News & Media (GNM) is the publisher of the US news website, the Guardian and Observer newspapers and website in the UK. We're a highly regarded global news brand, owned by the Scott Trust — an arrangement that guarantees its independent voice in perpetuity.

Headquartered in New York City, Guardian US, is an entirely digital operation that seeks to engage US readers by combining the Guardian's internationalist, online journalism with US voices and expertise.

Guardian US seeks a national reporter to provide general assignment news coverage for The Guardian.

Department: Editorial

Reports to: Head of News

Normal location: New York City

Terms and conditions: Permanent, full-time, News Media Guild position

The Guardian’s US newsrooms cover American news for a global audience, focusing on the Guardian’s editorial priorities of power, equity and diversity. Our reporting teams expertly cover urgent news while producing impactful features, enterprise coverage and short and long-term investigations. 

In this role you will report across daily news, analysis, occasional liveblogging, news features, interviews, multimedia material and work for non-news sections as required. 

Main duties & responsibilities

  • Report and write news stories, live blogs and news features

  • Generate original story ideas across multiple topics of general-interest news that will appeal and be accessible to a US and global readership

  • Work as a collaborative member of a digital-first newsroom as part of a regular seven-day rotation of general news reporters

  • Produce accurate and compelling daily news stories with flair, originality and knowledge of Guardian style and tone

  • Follow major storylines, from breaking news on tight deadlines to enterprise reporting in the field

  • Innovate with new forms of storytelling powered by the social web and built for mobile consumption

  • Conceive of coverage in a digital way, embracing new storytelling platforms, engaging on current and evolving social-media platforms, participating in video and interactive reports, and collaborating on special projects around the world

  • Balance hard-news reporting with colorful writing and live blogging \

Knowledge & experience

  • Three years experience in digital reporting for a prominent newspaper or website

  • Proven ability to generate exclusives and must-read coverage at a national level

  • Excellent knowledge of the US news landscape across multiple topic areas

  • Awareness of Guardian house style and standards

  • Enthusiasm for digital storytelling, for example collaborating on video, audio, interactive and new forms of content for the web and mobile

Skills & aptitudes

  • Ability to deliver well-written stories for web and print on deadline, from exclusives to major unfolding stories as well as fast takes on breaking news

  • Excellent news judgment and high standards for fair and accurate reporting

  • Excellent awareness of social media as a means for generating and developing storylines

  • Ability to work with colleagues and news desks across multiple time zones and continents

  • Ability to form productive relationships within and outside the newsroom and with industry organizations, interview subjects and contacts

  • Ability to generate fresh ideas and angles

  • Excellent communication skills

  • You can handle tight deadlines and produce high-quality stories under pressure

  • Comfortable with constructive feedback and working collaboratively

All candidates interested in applying should upload a resume and cover letter as one document. All candidates must have the right to work and live in the United States and be located, or prepared to relocate to the New York City area.

Guardian News & Media is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin or citizenship.

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future.

This job description is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It summarizes the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows, you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role.