S.C. newspapers are hiring!

The Gaffney Ledger is accepting application for a reporter to cover our crime and courts beat.

We are a tri-weekly newspaper located in the Upstate with a proven track record of success, having garnered 17 South Carolina Press Associations last year, including first place awards in the “General Excellence” and “Public Service and Enterprise Reporting” categories.

This is a rare opportunity to secure a job that entails writing stories about breaking events and day-to-day reports involving the county sheriff’s department, two municipal police agencies and the state Highway Patrol. The successful applicant will also be required to write occasional feature stories, cover high-profile court cases, fires, traffic accidents, severe weather occurrences and other items of a newsworthy nature that involve law enforcement, judicial, or rescue personnel.

Members of our staff daily contribute to our Facebook page and regularly post stories to our popular website, which was also a winner in last year’s SCPA contest. We believe in providing fast, accurate coverage of breaking events.

The job requires someone who is a stickler for detail, a grammatical perfectionist and who is not shy about using a camera or video recorder.

Some occasional weekend work is required, including being on-call during one Saturday each month and being in the newsroom to assist the editor for a few hours every third week.

Experience would be ideal, but we would be willing to train someone who shows an aptitude for this particular kind of news coverage. You would need to learn fast, though, because there’s a lot happening on this exciting and challenging beat.

Cherokee County is a thriving community located just off the rapidly growing Interstate 85 corridor about halfway between Charlotte, N.C., and Greenville, S.C. The area offers a number of scenic and historic attractions, including two national parks; as well as plenty of shopping, entertainment and recreational activities.

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter and writing samples to:

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Report and write news stories of interest to readers for dissemination across multiple platforms, including print, online, mobile and social media. Write weekly Food newsletter. Position based in Columbia.

Requirements, minimum education level, and experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English or related field
1-2 years of demonstrated journalism experience
Strong communication and interpersonal skills associated with developing trusting relationships and maintaining a high level of confidentiality
Strong organization and prioritization skills with excellent follow through​

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Digital skills: Prioritizes delivery of relevant breaking news type content for immediate dissemination on our digital platforms, when appropriate and under the guidance of supervisors. Develops and maintains skills needed to provide the photo, video and audio components of a story.

Accuracy and ethics: Produces work that is accurate in fact, tone and implication. Understands and follows libel law and the rules governing plagiarism.

Communication: Discusses original and assigned story ideas with supervising editor, maintaining an accurate planning document to be shared. Stays in touch with desk when covering spot news. Participates in brainstorming sessions to develop detailed and realistic story ideas.

Organizational skills: Develops a systematic approach to developing a beat to quickly achieve a high level of knowledge and relevant contacts. Works with supervising editor to meet deadlines and assigned story lengths.

Professional development: Works with supervising editor to develop and/or improve reporting and writing skills. Seeks out and participates in training opportunities to improve skills.

Flexibility: Reacts to change productively and handles other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements: Close eye work, continuous sitting, constant walking, standing, light to moderate lifting 15-30 pounds (per safety policy).


Apply here.

The Post and Courier is looking for an editorial writer to join the state’s largest newspaper.

The ideal candidate will be a critical thinker on a variety of subjects. Strong writing and reporting skills and intellectual curiosity are essential. The writer will be part of the editorial staff, which establishes the newspaper’s policy on local, state and national issues. The editorial department has a center-right philosophy.

Candidates should be skilled in using digital platforms. Knowledge of South Carolina is desirable.

The Post and Courier is family owned.

Charleston offers an incredible quality of life. It was named the No. 1 city in the nation and Top 10 in the world by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Enjoy a thriving food and arts scene, surrounded by history and a natural environment that offers boundless outdoor recreation opportunities.

Send your resume and a cover letter to Editorial Page Editor Rick Nelson at rnelson@postandcourier.com.

The Index-Journal Co. in Greenwood, SC is looking for a page designer who wants to grow and expand his or her talents on multiple levels as there is the opportunity to do more than newspaper design.

We are a family-owned company that not only publishes a daily newspaper, but also magazines, events brochures, special sections and more. Ours is the ideal environment for the creative person who wants to and can do more than cookie-cutter work and who seeks a career in which he or she can flourish and make a mark. The ideal candidate possesses strong design skills using Adobe InDesign. The ideal candidate should also possess strong language skills as a wordsmith, proofreader and communicator.

In the past six years, our newspaper alone has collected more than 140 South Carolina Press Association awards, a number of them for page design. So yes, our expectations for this candidate are high. We’ve won the President’s Cup, a points-based honor given to the best newspaper in each circulation category. We’ve placed in General Excellence (overall newspaper award) four of the last six years. 

Want to join our award-winning team? Want to work at a company not tied to the corporate structure, endlessly slashing staff in hopes of generating more money for stockholders? Want to work where high quality is the paramount objective? Where in-house design trumps design hubs that crank out template-driven pages? Newspaper experience preferred, but we will consider other candidates.

To apply, send your resume, a cover letter and 5-10 page-design clips via regular mail or email to: Richard Whiting Executive Editor P.O. Box 1018 Greenwood, SC 29648 rwhiting@indexjournal.com No phone calls please.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Post and Courier is looking for a statehouse/politics reporter to join the team in its Columbia, S.C., bureau. The Post and Courier, the largest daily newspaper in South Carolina, has developed a reputation as one of the nation’s leading watchdog news organizations. We expect our next statehouse/politics reporter to help us build upon that tradition.

In the past four years, The Post and Courier has been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize three times, including this year in the Feature Writing category.

We cover news a bit differently. We avoid writing incremental government and political stories. We pursue the stories that matter most to our readers. Our goal is quality over quantity. We look for more enterprise angles to tell a story. Still, we expect our statehouse/political reporters to have their finger on the pulse and break news in a competitive market.

The Post and Courier is a growing, independently owned news organization based in Charleston, S.C., that offers a break from the cost-cutting (at all costs) recent history of corporate-owned media companies. Our local owners have deep roots in the state and care about this newspaper and its reputation. Columbia is a growing state capital with a major university in the heart of South Carolina that’s a two-hour drive from the beaches and the mountains.

Send a cover letter, resume and best clips to Managing Editor Autumn Phillips at aphillips@postandcourier.com. We are an equal opportunity employer and drug-free workplace. The Post and Courier is committed to building a diverse newsroom that reflects the people it covers and the audience it serves. Candidates are encouraged to highlight new perspectives they can bring to our team.

POSITION DESCRIPTIONThe Executive Editor sets the policy, pace, tone and direction for Aiken Communications and is responsible for newsgathering and news delivery in the final products. The Editor in Chief has newsroom management experience in multimedia journalism operations successfully managing staff, organizing content for daily newspapers and 24/7 digital platforms, with strong editing skills and solid news judgement. This top-level newsroom position focuses on community needs, excellent journalism ethics and aligning the news department with the company’s vision.  vision of the company.

Requirements, minimum education level, and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or a related field
  • Accomplished editor with proven experience as a managing editor or similar leadership role
  • Proficiency in English
  • Knowledge of the community, surrounding cities, including history and key industries preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Teambuilding, coaching, and cultivating a progressive professional newsroom culture
  • Deep understanding of digital, print and social media including tracking digital audience engagement
  • Strong skills with writing, editing, AP style and libel law
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Formulating timely and insightful written opinions that speak on behalf of the community
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products and experience with content management software
  • Comfortable representing the company at various social and business events; ability to easily and professionally speak and work with readers and the public daily
  • Ability to prioritize workload and self-manage projects, handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines

Physical Requirements, Work Environment and Travel:

Regularly required to sit for long periods of time; close eye work on computer screen; required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, bend and stoop; light to moderate lifting 15-30 pounds.

The worker is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is sometimes subject to outside environmental conditions.

Some local travel will be required.


Apply here.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Post and Courier is seeking an Audience Engagement Producer to join our growing digital news team. We’re looking for a journalist passionate about getting creative on social media, interacting with readers, crafting newsletters and developing more ways to showcase high-quality journalism and build loyalty across emerging digital platforms.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate across the newsroom to create, edit and publish relevant, timely and interesting content experiences

  • Execute social media, homepage and other digital content strategies as directed by his or her editor with a goal of driving engagement and audience reach metrics

  • Write audience-driven stories for the website and create native social media coverage, such as Instagram Live, Facebook Live, etc. 

  • Create more ways to directly interact with readers and improve audience engagement efforts

  • Assist in podcast production, including coming up with episode ideas, research and audio editing as needed

  • Write and edit newsletters as assigned

  • Track success through engagement, growth, reader interactions and other metrics

  • Use audience development tactics to create loyal and passionate readers

  • Work with journalists in the newsroom on best practices

To apply, send a letter (can be informal – feel free to get creative) explaining why you are the best person for the job, a resume and any relevant work samples to Audience & Digital Ops Editor Brooks Brunson at bbrunson@postandcourier.com. Please note we expect this position to work Sunday through Thursday  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Post and Courier is an independent, family-owned news organization covering the state of South Carolina. The Post and Courier offers a break from the cost-cutting (at all costs) recent history of corporate-owned media companies.

In the last five years we’ve won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and been a finalist three other times, including this year in the Feature Writing category.

This position will work out of our office in Charleston, a city that has been named the No.1 city in the U.S. for seven consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine. 

The Post and Courier is committed to building a diverse newsroom that reflects the people it covers and the audience it serves. Candidates are encouraged to highlight new perspectives they can bring to our team.

Charleston City Paper is seeking a part-time staff writer to contribute reported stories across all sections with an emphasis on local news.

This is a part-time, salaried position with a flexible schedule. Duties include covering assigned beats weekly for print and web, editing, and attending weekly editorial meetings.

Charleston City Paper, founded in 1997, is South Carolina’s only independent alt-weekly. We work to dig deep into local topics across news, cuisine, arts, music, and more. You’ll join a dedicated and knowledgeable team of journalists who are passionate about issues facing the Charleston community where we live.

Charleston City Paper strives for its staff to be representative of a diverse array of ideas, backgrounds, and experiences. Please apply even if you think your professional experience is not directly applicable.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing Sam Spence (editor@charlestoncitypaper.com) describing your experience and telling us why you think your perspective would be good for our team. Please include a resume and writing samples. Start date is immediate.

Seeking talented, driven reporter

The Greenwood (S.C.) Index-Journal, a small, family-owned daily newspaper, wants to grow its base of talented, energetic and aggressive staff writers to join its award-winning team.

This year alone, the 100-year-old Index-Journal received 40 press awards, including 13 first-place finishes, while sweeping several categories and again earning the President’s Award for Excellence among papers that circulate fewer than 12,000 editions.

This is the eighth consecutive year the newspaper has earned more than 25 awards and the fourth time this decade it has brought home the president’s cup.

We’re not a major metro, but we do have a hard-working staff that has surpassed the typical parameters of a small daily. And being a family-owned newspaper means we don’t have the layers of corporate executives to wade through. It means we don’t have to slash newsroom personnel to satisfy a bottom line.

We want reporters who are as capable of generating excellent human interest features as they are at generating solid investigative and in-depth pieces. Candidates should be able to dig into local reporting on all levels and should not be afraid to ask the tough questions. That’s the kind of reporting that garners awards from your peers and accolades from the readers you serve.

Maybe you just came off a successful awards year yourself on a strong weekly paper. Perhaps you’re about to graduate from J-school and are eager to start collecting your own stacks of plaques.

If that’s you, send your resume, a cover letter and 5-10 clips reflective of your work via regular mail or email to:
Richard S. Whiting
Executive Editor
P.O. Box 1018
Greenwood, SC 29648

No phone calls please.

Georgetown Communications, in Georgetown, S.C., is looking for a reporter with pagination skills to report and write stories of interest to readers for dissemination across multiple platforms, including print, online, mobile and social media. The stories can be self-generated and approved by a supervisor or be assigned by a supervisor. Serves as breaking news, crime and courts staff writer. The successful applicant will also be a key part in the page production of our two newspapers – Georgetown Times and South Strand News. Experience with TownNews CMS is a plus.

Requirements, minimum education level, and experience:

  • Four-year college degree.
  • One year of daily newspaper experience as a full time employee or high level intern.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Spells words correctly and uses correct grammar, punctuation and style.
  • Stays up-to-date on news, both local and the world.
  • Develops and maintains a story planning document based on input from editor and creation of ideas from research.
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Must have solid news judgement

Physical Requirement: Work will be both in an office environment and also will include time in the field, possibility of working in times of hot, cold and inclement weather.


The Post and Courier is seeking a Digital Sales Manager who will exceed digital revenue goals through a team-based, consultative approach to sales in a fast-growing, thriving market in Charleston, SC. They are responsible for development, focus, and momentum of digital sales efforts and revenue generation. They work in partnership with sales to identify clients’ marketing needs and integrate them into a sales solution. The Digital Sales Manager also directs the launch, training, sales and analysis specific to current and future owned & operated and extended digital products.

Requirements, minimum education level, and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications or similar field required.
  • Minimum of five years marketing or sales experience required with 3+ years Digital product experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience in development of marketing campaigns and business-to-business marketing
  • Strategic planning and analysis experience.


Interested candidates please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to  bnorth@eveningpostindustries.com.

The Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, S.C., has an opening for a general assignment reporter. The pace is fast and the demands are heavy. Your primary responsibilities will cops, courts and crime issues, but you could just as easily find yourself writing about budgets, development or the Carolina Panthers. There’s plenty to keep you busy on the job and off: Spartanburg is an hour from the mountains of Western North Carolina, three hours from the Atlantic Ocean and about halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. If you’ve got what it takes to work and play here, send your resume and clips to michael.smith@gatehousemedia.com.  

The Aiken Standard, an award-winning daily paper in Aiken, S.C., is seeking an experienced local government reporter.

The ideal candidate has several years experience covering local government in a daily newsroom. Candidate should be adept at covering breaking news, understanding government budgets and procedures, recognizing trends and knowing how to develop stories that can start from a single idea.

Reporter must also have the ability to pull ideas from the beat, recognize the bigger picture and execute in-depth pieces and enterprise stories.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending city government meetings
  • Understanding and reporting on government budgets
  • Localizing national headlines
  • Writing enterprise and in-depth pieces
  • Generating story ideas
  • Ability to bring a fresh perspective to the beat in an ever-changing newspaper industry
  • Ability to easily work with other reporters and editors in the newsroom
  • Taking photographs and video to accompany stories
  • Utilizing social media daily to post articles and for community engagement


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications
  • Strong skills with writing, editing and AP style
  • Previous experience in a newsroom environment
  • Knowledge of the community of Aiken, S.C. , and surrounding area a plus

To apply, email News Editor Holly Kemp at hkemp@aikenstandard.com. No phone calls, please.

The State is seeking an aggressive journalist who can deliver breaking news and exclusive reporting on University of South Carolina athletics — specifically the Gamecocks football team.

The position calls for a versatile journalist with excellent news judgment and a strong history of building sources. The USC football reporter will be expected to move fast when news breaks while producing deeper stories that make a difference and engage readers.

The reporter will have a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics. And like all journalists at The State, the USC football reporter must have demonstrated the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling journalism.

It will require a talent for framing, writing and promoting a story via search and social media to ensure that it reaches and resonates with our readers. It will require a demonstrated commitment to change — to constantly adapting to the ever-evolving ways in which readers seek out and interact with journalism.

Minimum requirements:

  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to reach audiences
  • Fluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of how to use analytics such as page views, time on site, referral sources and “shares and likes” to help determine which stories resonate with which audiences
  • A demonstrated ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including video
  • A demonstrated ability to break news on a beat.
  • A demonstrated ability to learn new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; analytics tools; and any emerging storytelling tools and platforms
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.

To apply contact: dmclemore@thestate.com

No phone calls please.

The Sun News has an exciting opportunity for a Local Sales Manager to join our dynamic and forward-thinking sales team! The Local Sales Manager leads a team of marketing consultants to drive multi-media sales revenue, with a focus on digital revenue growth. The Local Sales Manager leads from the front with application of process, adoption of success metrics and accountability for performance. This leader promotes a winning culture in everything they do. 

Key Competencies:

  • Digital Mindset
  • Sales Excellence
  • Coach to Performance
  • Salesforce Adoption
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Accountability
  • Recruiting
  • Business Acumen

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead team in New Business Prospecting and Acquisition
  • Hold team accountable to maintain, cultivate and grow assigned accounts
  • Excel at building partnerships and relationships within the community
  • Thrive in a high pressure, deadline driven environment
  • Communicate and hold accountable clear expectations of each employee
  • Lead, understand and coach each employee 
  • Lead by example via adoption of processes and technologies
  • Assist in developing sales strategies to drive revenue growth, specifically digital revenue initiative
  • Implement performance standards and conduct weekly 1:1s to review achievement 
  • Promote, motivate, and recruit towards an environment of a winning team in a constructive manner
  • Reinforce activity and engagement minimums for all tools & resources.
  • Understanding and adoption of digital media solutions and services

The fulltime position includes a competitive salary, commission program, and a comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k) match. The Sun News is part of McClatchy.

Apply here.

The Greenville News/greenvilleonline.compart of the USA TODAY NETWORKis  looking for an education and family issues reporter to cover K-12 education issues and stories that affect children and families throughout South Carolina.

South Carolina has consistent struggles with providing high-quality education, and often is at the bottom of the country when it comes to student success. We want a reporter who can get at why that is and help begin the discussion of how to solve the problems that beset our public schools.

Although this reporter will be covering school districts in a three-county region, this is not primarily a meetings-oriented beat. We want someone who looks beyond the agendas and digs deeply into stories that have a broad impact on our communities.

Similarly, South Carolina often is at the bottom of lists that assess family issues: Poverty, domestic abuse and crimes against women, drug and alcohol abuse, access to health care, foster care, educational attainment, unemployment and gentrification all are problems that affect children and families in our state. We want a reporter who will explore the things that are holding children back and begin probing solutions.

The ideal candidate will be a reporter who can develop a deep source network, pore over documents to identify trends and problems, and then can find out who’s talking about solutions to those problems and analyze their success. It’s also someone who understands how to write for different audiences depending on the topic, and who can craft concise, compelling and informative narratives.

Greenville is the anchor city in a metropolitan area of roughly 1 million people that is consistently listed among the best places to live in the United States. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and sits halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta. We are 45 minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Coast.


  • Creates storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences and platforms through the use of metrics. 
  • Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise. 
  • Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Provides thoughtful analysis of complex issues. 
  • Works with content strategist to evaluate what’s working and what’s not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs. 
  • Collaborates with content team to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed. 
  • Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand. 
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.
  • Use digital analytics to guide content decisions. 


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • 2 years’ experience working in a digital-first newsroom with an understanding of how a digital-first approach affects decisions about when and how to publish stories.
  • Experience writing investigative or solutions-oriented journalism.
  • Understanding of education and family issues.
  • Ability to work with photojournalists from the beginning of a project to its end and understand when it might be more appropriate to pursue their own visuals with the tools they have.
  • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and Snap Chat.
  • Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
  • Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
  • Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style. 
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check. 

Learn more and apply here.​

The Anderson Independent-Mail/independentmail.com and the Greenville News/greenvilleonline.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORKare looking for an enterprising and creative reporter to cover Clemson University and the city of Clemson. This is a beat that has been carefully built over the past 12 months to become one of the most productive beats in our newsroom. 

The reporter who succeeds in this beat will be able to quickly develop deep sources on the campus of one of the country’s top universities and tell stories that are meaningful to Clemson’s student body and the people who live in and around the community. Student issues are important, but so are stories about the complicated relationship between the city and the university.

This reporter is part of our watchdog team. This beat should be producing three to five daily stories every week, a solid enterprise story every week or two and a major enterprise story every quarter. It’s a prime beat in a newsroom that strives to write meaningful journalism that has an impact on the communities we cover. 

This ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to build a strong source network on a college campus and in a vibrant community.
  • Understand the need produce compelling content quickly in a digital-first newsroom.
  • Know how to engage a university audience on social media and other digital-first platforms.
  • Produce compelling enterprise and investigative stories that address real problems on the Clemson University campus and in the community.
  • Know how to tell stories that resonate with people because they are about people and how important issues impact their lives and their livelihoods.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Some previous reporting experience writing in a digital-first newsroom preferred; even better if you’ve covered a city or university beat.
  • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
  • Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
  • Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
  • Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
  • An understanding of digital analytics and metrics and how they impact the ways we tell and write stories.
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check.  

Learn more and apply here.

The Daniel Island News, an award winning weekly newspaper in Charleston, SC, has an immediate opening for a general assignment reporter who can easily cover a town meeting one night and breaking news the next, with a feature thrown in for good measure. Photography skills and InDesign skills a plus. If you know AP style, have an undergraduate degree – preferably in journalism – can work odd hours as news coverage warrants and want the opportunity to write impactful stories, then send your resume, three references and examples of stories that you have written to Publisher Suzanne Detar at sdetar@thedanielislandnews.com. This is an excellent opportunity in a growing community to make your mark.

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As a service to its member newspapers, the S.C. Press Association lists employment opportunities on our site upon request. There is no charge for this service to SCPA member newspapers. The non-member fee to post job listings is $35 per ad – with ads being listed for a period of 30 days. Email job listings to Cathy Scott.