Journalist

The Smart Local
July 8, 2024

Job Description

About your role:
We are looking for a dynamic, digitally-savvy reporter who lives and breathes current events — both in Singapore and beyond. In this role, you’ll be at the forefront of our daily news operations, contributing to the heartbeat of our publication by producing timely, engaging, and informative content that resonates with our audience.

An ideal candidate will be someone with a robust news background, has a knack for storytelling, and the versatility to cover a wide array of topics, from breaking news to in-depth features.

What you will do:

  • Write fast, accurate and coherent breaking news stories in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.
  • Actively pitch news ideas that are compelling, shareable and relevant to our readers and execute them in a timely manner. This might involve reaching out to newsmakers, research and onsite reporting.
  • Consistently produce a stream of daily stories that meet output goals.
  • Identify compelling and trending content and work closely with the sub-editor to refine and execute stories effectively.
  • Ensure all content is fact-checked and presented in a clear, concise manner that adheres to MS News’ house style. n
  • Enhance content visibility through SEO best practices.
  • Collaborate with sub-editors and fellow reporters to develop and share stories across multiple platforms, adapting content to suit diverse formats where necessary.
  • Senior journalists would be given the opportunity to mentor younger reporters and interns.

A successful candidate should have:

  • At least 2-3 years of experience in reporting experience, ideally in a digital news setting.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, New Media, Political Science, or a related field.
  • Strong command of English with exceptional writing skills. A proven ability to craft stories that capture the audience’s attention is a bonus.
  • A sharp eye for news, with the instinct to discern the significance and impact of events.
  • Work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment, including shifts, weekends, and public holidays.
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, able to thrive with minimal supervision while still working effectively within a team.
  • Proficient in SEO practices and social media platforms, with an understanding of how to engage a digital audience effectively.