Posted On: December 14, 2020
Media Organization: McClatchy's The Island Packet newspaper
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.
The Island Packet seeks an energetic, versatile journalist to cover the city of Beaufort and surrounding communities north of the Broad River.
We are looking for a journalist with a proven capacity for watchdog and accountability journalism, compelling storytelling and an understanding of digital readership.
This job requires an ability to juggle breaking news and beat and source development while also generating enterprise work on a consistent basis. 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.
Beaufort is a beautiful, historic Southern city known for its waterfront downtown, antebellum mansions and high quality of life that comes with living in the Lowcountry. It is a short drive to both Charleston and Hilton Head. 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.
-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.
Please send cover letter, resume and link to portfolio or 5-6 clips to Brian Tolley (firstname.lastname@example.org).