City Hall Reporter
The Dallas Morning News is looking for an experienced, aggressive and energetic reporter to cover Dallas City Hall as part of its local government cluster.
What's needed: A demonstrated knowledge and track record covering government, including urban municipal agencies, state legislatures and politics. The ability to develop and maintain diverse sources in a highly dynamic and fast-paced environment. The reporting and writing chops to make complex subject matter understandable, to turn subjects that some want to hide into city-rattling scoops.
What will be covered: It's a high-profile, fast-paced and often unrelenting assignment, joining The News' other full-time City Hall beat reporter. It requires in-depth experience covering elections, race relations, budget and finance issues, private-public funding partnerships, economic development, neighborhood diversity and similar issues. Also key: being able to assess the effectiveness of local government operations/policies, especially in comparison to peer cities and the suburbs.
What else: Because of the nature of Dallas government, the beat responsibilities also could include delving into police matters, state legislative developments, transportation and even education. The mix is constant: breaking news, profiles, creative story-telling, watchdog reporting, enterprise, analysis and investigations. Stellar writing, computer-assisted reporting background and multi-media experience, including the ability to maintain and expand our City Hall blog, are crucial. Spanish-speaking skills are a plus.