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Craig Larimer

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Allentown Pennsylvania United States 18101


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Trending reporter Dining/Retail

Job ID: 4853
Job Views: 149
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Postal Code: 18104
Job Category: Newspapers
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 04.28.2021

Job Description

Trending Reporter, Dining/Retail

The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., is looking for a reporter to expand our coverage of the Lehigh Valley’s dining and retail scene. This reporter would look at restaurants, dining and retail from the consumer viewpoint, reporting on trends and issues, from the impact of the pandemic to controversies to food safety, as well as breaking news and other features. This position would also seek to engage our audience through debates and contests, such as “Who has the best pizza in the Lehigh Valley?” and “10 places that make a great cheesesteak” and would help manage our “Go Eat Lehigh Valley” Facebook group. The right candidate should understand how to find great stories and tell them with compelling clarity. Previous experience as a food or dining writer is a plus but not a requirement.

The dining/retail reporter will help create premium content for and other digital platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission. You bring expertise and knowledge to coverage areas and can create the most compelling content the newsroom has to offer in text and other forms, including, when appropriate, video, audio, Facebook Live events, etc. You should have exceptional writing and reporting skills and be fluent in assessing audience through basic metrics and publishing on other platforms such as social media. You should be prepared to promote yourself, your work and The Morning Call through social channels, in broadcast media and at live events.

The Morning Call is a Tribune Publishing newspaper, ideally located 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City.

Please send resume, 5-7 clips of your work and a cover letter to Entertainment/Lifestyles Editor Craig Larimer at

Job Requirements

  • 1-3 years’ experience in journalism.
  • Professional-level utilization of proper grammar, spelling, punctuation.
  • Ability to write accurately, with clarity, without bias.
  • Knowledge of libel laws and adherence to Tribune Publishing and The Morning Call’s codes of ethics.
  • Strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Competitive instincts.
  • Ability to multitask and perform in a fast-paced deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to work independently when required while at the same time operate efficiently in a team dynamic.
  • Maintain and acquire new skills on multiple digital platforms and evolving technologies.
  • Familiarity with current events and newsmakers.
  • Quick-turnaround skills.
  • Basic familiarity with analytics and ability to translate data into tactics and strategies, including ability to use metrics from Chartbeat, Metrics For News, social and other tools.
  • Working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms and ability to develop/follow best practices for social.
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices and ability to research SEO and appropriately populate fields and headlines.
  • Willingness to work evenings/weekends when necessary.

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