The Ledger-Enquirer is a digital-first, daily local newspaper based in Columbus, Ga., focused on bringing our community engaging and actionable news. We are composed of a small but dedicated crew of journalists. Our veteran journalists are the foundation of our newsroom with valuable contacts built up from years of reporting, the ability to write on any topic in a thorough and accurate fashion and institutional knowledge of our practices and standards. With deep community ties, these reporters have earned first place in recent Georgia APME awards in beat reporting, non-deadline reporting and education coverage. Our younger journalists are all skilled across multimedia forms and often have things to teach their more veteran counterparts. They lift the newsroom spirit, challenge the status quo and ask questions about the community that have long been glossed over. Each day, we focus on sharing fresh content with our readers in the form that best suits them — be it our website, social media platforms or print products.
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Beat: Healthcare now—and post-coronavirus
This journalist, along with an RFA photographer, will cover coronavirus recovery in the Columbus, Georgia, community. They will have to balance covering current coronavirus trends and forward-thinking reporting. This beat involves taking a solutions-oriented approach to our ongoing coverage, including the latest vaccine information, long-term economic impacts of the pandemic, personal narratives, how to reopen a community and more. The resilience of our communities will also be at the forefront of our post-coronavirus reporting. The Ledger-Enquirer strives to reflect the community around us, so diverse sourcing is expected in this beat. At a minimum, this reporting team would produce one deeply reported story per week, with video and photos that build understanding of the challenges, successes and opportunities in our communities. They also would write two or more daily stories per week. Our newsroom also offers journalists opportunities to lead reader engagement events like live Q&As and subscriber events.
The resilience of our communities also will be at the forefront of our post-coronavirus reporting, as restaurants, libraries and communal spaces reopen and we grapple with a city forever changed. At a minimum, these journalists would produce one deeply reported story a week, with video and photos that build understanding of the challenges, successes and opportunities in our communities. They also would write two or more daily stories per week. And there would be opportunities for these journalists to host engagement events such as Facebook Lives.
Reporter: Brittany McGee