Trending Reporter

Posted On: April 9, 2024

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Hearst Newspapers

Company Description

Since 1887, Hearst has grown from a single newspaper into one of the nation’s largest media, information, and services companies with over 360 businesses in more than 150 countries. Today, Hearst Newspapers (HNP) employs over 2,500+ employees and encompasses more than 75 brands across a national network, with an unparalleled commitment to the communities we serve.

While our reach is national, giving us a vast array of resources, our focus is local. Our comprehensive portfolio of modern local and regional brands, services, and solutions redefines what ‘local news’ means and how it connects communities across the country. We inform, educate, and entertain 45 million digital visitors monthly and over 6 million print readers weekly through a collective network of 50+ leading websites, 24 daily and 52 weekly publications, innovative digital products, and businesses such as King Features, Hearst DevHub, and more.

In addition to our journalistic commitment, Hearst Newspapers partners with thousands of local, regional, and national businesses, providing best-in-class advertising and marketing services each year.

Job Description

The Trending Reporter will pitch and write 3 to 5 short stories a day to be posted on They will keep a finger on the pulse of San Antonio — what people are talking about and what readers are interested in. They will work in a fast-paced environment and focus on audience engagement and growth. We need a self-starter with high standards who can collaborate well, has excellent communication skills and is comfortable taking feedback.


Pitch and write 3 to 5 stories a day based on what's trending in market.
Create and maintain a steady supply of sources for story ideas that allows a depth of ideas each day that can provide different options to choose from
Be familiar with contact information for various agencies to obtain information as quickly as possible
Pitch and create alternative forms of content, including listicles, slideshows, and timelines
Work with other newsroom staff on shard byline projects as necessary

Competencies/Critical Skills:

This position is full-time. Evening/weekend work may be required.
1 to 3 years experience in a similar position required.
Bachelor’s or master’s degree in journalism preferred.
Solid news judgment and a strong understanding of the local market.
Proficient writer, fact-checker, and familiar with AP Style
Understand web metrics to guide story choices toward KPI growth.
Baseline knowledge of analytics and CMS tools such as Chartbeat and Google Analytics.
Organized and able to meet deadlines in daily and breaking news situations.

What are the measures of success for this position?

Deliver well written stories on deadline.
Grow visits to your byline over time by honing story selection and working sources.
Break news and find scoops within the beat. Give the audience content we haven’t had in the past.
Great teamwork with newsroom staff.

To Apply

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