Breaking News Reporter

Posted On: December 14, 2020

Journalism Job

Media Organization: McClatchy's The Island Packet newspaper

Company Description

What began in 1857 as a four-page newspaper in the dusty streets of Sacramento, California has grown into a digital network spanning local markets from California to Florida, from Washington state to Washington D.C.

Today, McClatchy operates a leading local media company in 30 U.S. markets, connecting with our communities through print, digital, mobile apps, and more.

The ways in which we deliver award-winning content will continue to evolve, but our dedication to quality journalism, community service, and free expression will never change.

Job Description

The Island Packet seeks a reporter who thrives on fast-paced breaking news and can quickly and accurately report live stories using video, social and other digital tools. As a breaking news reporter, you will cover daily stories that are relevant to Beaufort County readers, including in the areas of crime, safety, transportation and weather events. You’ll also tackle trending stories, and develop strong follow-ups that enlighten and engage readers, hold officials accountable and identify patterns and trends.

We’re looking for a self-paced reporter who can spot and report stories without waiting for an assignment and who can cultivate reliable sources.

This reporter will be based in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area, an area rich in outdoor activities and nature attractions and, of course, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The Island Packet has a strong tradition of delivering good journalism, having been named Newspaper of the Year in its division three of the past five years.

Key duties:
-Find great stories that are fast-moving and highly readable.
-Use social media platforms to help distribute and highlight work
-Use SEO smartly and strategically; understanding other audience growth processes
-Understand and use audience metrics to help increase readership
-Write quickly and often.
-Shoot photos and video when needed.
-Skillfully use content management systems
-Use data and research to inform reporting

-Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics
-An intuitive sense of what’s important and interesting to audiences on all platforms
-A deep curiosity and high energy
-The ability to write quickly, accurately and engagingly on a wide variety of topics.
-A collaborative work ethic and the ability to communicate easily with people around the office and across the company
-Proficient knowledge of technology including content management systems and storytelling tools
-Ability to quickly and accurately research and verify the authenticity of information, sources, photos and video.
-College degree required.
-Reporters with a year or more of successful reporting experience will be most comfortable in this role.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and link to portfolio or 5-6 clips to Brian Tolley (