Freedom Communications, Inc.

Job Title: Reporter, State Government
Freedom Entity: Orange County Register Communications
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Division: Orange County Register Communications
Department: Content
Position Type: Full Time
Status: Exempt
Requisition #: 1203290086
State Government Reporter

The Orange County Register has an opening for a reporter to cover the state government in Sacramento. The position requires an experienced reporter (at least 5 years experience covering government and politics) to cover the legislature and the bills they introduce during the session as well as cover the state budget – from preliminary drafts to negotiations – with an emphasis on the impact for Orange County. This reporter would primarily cover breaking news and stories of the day that directly affects Orange County (requires presence at regular floor sessions for the legislature and cultivating a source relationship with Orange County delegation) but should also be able to do enterprise stories that get to the issues of importance out of the legislature and budget for Orange County, as well as find other stories from the Capitol that are unique and have direct relevance for Orange County. This reporter would build a strong network of sources in Sacramento and Orange County. This reporter will cover campaigns and elections of Orange County lawmakers; will contribute regularly to the Register’s political and investigative blog.

This reporter’s time should be split 65 percent on breaking, daily, weekly news stories and 35 percent on enterprise and Sunday take outs.

The right reporter will be able to connect California’s political and legislative trends to Orange County and connect the county’s political and governing issues to California.

Will cover the state capitol with emphasis on:
• Originality -- why do something the wires are doing?
• Reader focus. Forget the Sacramento jargon and the stories that appeal to the Capitol fishbowl. What does Orange County care about?
• Real people/impacts. Saying vaguely that something impacts taxpayers isn’t going to cut it. We need real examples with real people and real consequences.

Reporter must have the proven ability to:

*Develop a broad source network
* Boil down complex issues and politics to key issues
* Write clearly and concisely
* Respond quickly to breaking news
* Develop the beat beyond pack reporting
* Produce a blend of timely news analysis, news features, and investigations, breaking news and blog items
* Be a team player
* Meet deadlines and communicate clearly with teammates
* Be a self-starter and work well on their own away from the main newsroom.

If this sounds like the right mix of challenge and opportunity, please send your resume to

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