Lead Local Correspondent

Location: US-GA-Atlanta Job Number 1717416 Brand The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


This correspondent is charged with developing and writing stories on the DeKalb beat. The correspondent is responsible for daily reporting on the county’s fiscal operations – including those of the government. The reporter must focus on unearthing inefficiencies and wasteful spending of public dollars and provide general watchdog reporting. This reporter will also write about political trends and public policy issues within DeKalb.

  • Follow state legislative action as it relates to the county.
  • Identify social trends that provide readers with an understanding of residents’ lifestyles, politics, and community values.
  • Generate unique profiles that spotlight individuals who illustrate the richness and diversity of their communities.
  • Establish a large network of community contacts in order to ensure awareness of those issues that resonate with our audience. It will be this reporter’s responsibility to capture those conversations for our platforms.
  • Must be able to produce clean, organized publication-ready content with a minimum of supervision.
  • Must be able to handle various distribution outlets such as social, free and paid, and must be able to use a variety of storytelling tools including video, data, and other narrative elements and emerging digital-only formats.
  • At its most effective, this correspondent’s work will achieve tangible, positive results on behalf of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s readers.
  • Must collaborate across the newsroom and across topics, with reporters whose primary topics are transportation, business, public safety, politics, etc.


  • Five years of experience covering a county or municipal government preferred.
  • Displays a clear ability to develop strong, reader-focused story ideas and write about complex concepts with clarity and authority.
  • Fluent in the use of government records and the state and federal open records acts. 
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs a plus. 
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and, when warranted, manage and juggle multiple stories simultaneously. 
  • Must have strong skills in communicating and collaborating with editors and colleagues. 
  • Capacity to shoot own
  • Must demonstrate a highly developed capacity to use the Internet as a reporting tool. 
  • Must be able to break news often for ajc.com while quickly turning well-reported dailies and substantial enterprise for Sunday and Page One.
  • Requires that he/she be comfortable with metrics and audience development strategies. 
  • photographs when needed. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in digital media, providing searchable data for Web readers, etc.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers and non-daily publications; and digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the country’s biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.

Organization: Cox Media Group

Primary Location: US-GA-Atlanta-223 Perimeter Center Pkwy NE

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Shift: Day Job

Travel: No

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing