Social Services Reporter
The McClatchy Company
 Fort Worth, TX

For Fort Worth to truly be a thriving city, we must work to eliminate the challenges that hold many in our community back and put a drain on our public treasury, those who suffer from homelessness, poverty, hunger, abuse and other situations that create instability in their lives, including the elderly, who often face immobility and despair.

This reporter will tell the stories of our community’s most vulnerable people, raise awareness about their plight and show how their challenges affect Fort Worth as a whole. This reporter will not only cover the issues but spotlight the institutions, programs and people that are trying to help, applying solutions-oriented reporting tactics in all his or her work. The reporter’s work will hold those institutions and the community accountable for improvement while also celebrating success.

This reporter will provide deeply reported stories focused on topics related to challenges, opportunities and solutions around vulnerable populations and shorter features on those invested in improvements.

The reporter’s work will help make the community aware of opportunities to engage, and the reporter will help arrange and participate in community engagement events such as listening tours, panel discussions and forums with stakeholders in our social service systems. These events will be virtual and eventually in person when it is safe.

This position is designed for a reporter who understands how social service agencies work in a community and the plight of those the system serves. The reporter should have a track record of presenting issues in a way that connects with broad audiences. A bachelor’s degree in journalism, two years of experience, and Spanish fluency are preferred.

Here’s what else you need to know:

Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, adding about 20,000 people a

year as it approaches a population of 1 million people. Businesses such as Lockheed Martin are growing, and companies such as Stanley Black & Decker and Amazon are moving operations to the city.

But as Fort Worth grows, it faces many challenges, around issues such as affordable housing, public transportation, economic mobility, access to healthcare and mental health services, systemic racism and more. As Fort Worth has become even more diverse - ethnically and socioeconomically - it has become a natural proving ground for strategies to help vulnerable populations.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram plays a crucial role in raising awareness and promoting citizen

engagement around the challenges and opportunities faced by the most vulnerable in our community. We believe that improvement begins with an informed citizenry.


-Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or related field and two years of experience in a digital-first environment preferred.

- Spanish language fluency preferred.

-Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment.

-Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.

-Fluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of metrics/analytics programs including Chartbeat, Crowdtangle and Omniture and development of story ideas derived from data.

-Understanding of SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital.

-Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism. The new workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves.

-Understanding of open records law and ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work.

-Ability to engage with readers and develop sources on social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

-Ability to develop breadth and variety of sources.

-Ability to understand audience lenses and correctly identify audience for selected stories.

-Ability to work on both daily and enterprise stories concurrently, delivering both with consistency.

-Ability to meet deadlines.

-Ability to capture video and edit it (using phone).

-Ability to work collaboratively on projects ranging from podcasts to video to enterprise stories. We will work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.