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Northwest Arkansas    Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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Quick Take: Axios is a growth-stage startup dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. We are hiring a Reporter to help cover the Northwest Arkansas area as a part of our new local news initiative, which will extend our mission to Americas hometowns.

Why it Matters: Our coverage is built on the architecture of Smart Brevity and, in our latest venture, we are taking that approach to local markets to provide worthy coverage of the happenings of cities across the US. This reporter will create a meaningful local presence in their specific market, covering the topics of consequence for regional readers & getting them smarter, faster on the news that matters in their specific community. This reporter will connect the dots between local, national, & global developments to make readers aware of the narratives shaping their lives.

Go Deeper: We are looking for someone who cares deeply about local news, is obsessed with innovative new ways to reimagine it, & skilled in execution to spearhead this new a venture with the following responsibilities:

  • Author a daily Axios newsletter, providing clinical coverage, insights, & scoops about the stories & issues that matter most to local readers
  • Command of the local market, key issues, & sourcing necessary to provide the connection & illumination busy readers need to navigate the communities where they live
  • Contribute to building Axios Local, adapt Axios Smart Brevity style to local news, & shape how the product evolves
  • Closely collaborate across teams at Axios for stories that have local, national, & global impact, bringing stories to life across multiple platforms (online, video, broadcast, or podcast)

The Details: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit & passion for Axios mission & have the following skills:

  • Experience covering a wide range of topics at a local & national level
  • Experience working in or with local newsrooms & local influencers
  • Deep knowledge of the local market, including politics, business, & social issues
  • Background in understanding local & national news coverage more broadly
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital & social media landscape
  • A belief in & dedication to writing in Smart Brevity 
  • Highly skilled at completing stories on a deadline

Dont forget: 

  •  Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Company equity
  • Commuter & cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, & diverse work culture
  • Annual learning & development stipend

Additional pandemic-related benefits:

  • One mental health day per quarter
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Tele-mental health services 
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services 
  • Increased work flexibility for parents & caretakers 
  • Access to the Axios Family Fund, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies 
  • Weekly company-sponsored exercise & meditation classes 
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events
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