Gannett wants to ‘save local journalism.’ It thinks Taylor Swift and Beyoncé can help


USA TODAY parent Gannett made headlines earlier this month when it posted two unusual jobs: Taylor Swift and Beyoncé reporters. In about two weeks, the publisher received close to 1,000 applications for the jobs — including from Emmy-award winning journalists, an influencer whose Beverly Hills agent reached out about the job and a reporter who currently works at the White House. 

Both job listings require applicants to provide a video cover letter, and plenty decided to get creative to stand out from the crowd. Fans flocked to social-media platforms to make their case for the gigs, promote the postings to followers and see how this one ends.  

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