Entertainment Writer

DDM is seeking motivated, energetic, creative, and aggressive news reporters to join the #1 Black-owned digital news source in the nation. Our digital media property Atlanta Black Star is looking for rock stars to help us grow to #1 in the world!

The ideal candidate must have a passion for entertainment and celebrity news with a keen ability to discover content before it becomes news. Bring your wit and ingenuity to package stories in a light-hearted, fun and engaging manner.

Freelance, part-time and full-time opportunities are available.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinates with editors to develop stories that go beyond surface details, that accentuate unique enterprise angles, and have exclusive content
  • Conduct interviews with prominent influencers and celebrities in person (on or off camera), by phone or via email
  • Constantly tracking celebrity and entertainment content day and night
  • Can juggle multiple stories and projects at once, demonstrates exceptional time-management skills by meeting all deadlines under extraordinary pressure
  • Zealously develops a network of sources who provide tips, early access to information, and allow the reporter to break stories of significance
  • Regularly plans, gathers, and pitches day-to-day stories or special project assignments
  • Report breaking news, write quickly and precisely
  • Complete breaking news and aggregated content via video snippets
  • Pay attention to content performance and digital trends on a daily basis to constantly adjust pitching strategy and packaging
  • Utilize CMS tools, strategically select photos and videos to optimize all written content for maximum engagement, affiliate revenue, reader retention, and shareability

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS:

  • BA in English or Journalism preferred or equivalent in experience.
  • At least 2-3 years of experience creating celebrity and lifestyle content, preferably at a digital-first outlet
  • Past reporting experience (2-5 years) required
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and, when warranted, manage and juggle multiple stories simultaneously
  • Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards
  • Knowledge of AP stylebook a plus
  • Must have strong skills in communicating and collaborating with editors and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to enterprise and uncover compelling stories
  • A self-starter with a great work ethic and a can-do attitude.
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Knowledge of SEO and best practices for optimizing content for the web
  • Deadline-driven, strategic thinker with a strong service journalism sensibility and a knack for crafting click-y headlines
  • Producing multimedia, and/or knowledge of video- or photo-editing platforms and software a plus
  • Experience in an on-air role, field reporting a plus
  • Ability to develop and effectively pitch story ideas
  • A conversational, engaging delivery with or without a script
  • Ability to make copy fun and engaging
  • Strong or unique social media presence a plus
  • Comfort with using social media to gather news and promote content
  • Ability to work flexible and irregular hours

Send all resumes to [email protected]