We are seeking a journalist with a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics. All journalists at The State must demonstrate the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism.
At The State the reader comes first, last and always. Serving readers in a crowded media marketplace means becoming the best and most relevant source of journalism that matters to them — and ensuring that our work reaches them, wherever they are. This will require a keen understanding of what’s important to local readers, developed through reporting on and familiarity with the region; through the extensive use of reader analytics such as social media referrals and time spent on a story; and through a constant awareness of what people are sharing and talking about on social media.
It will require not just the ability to build sources and ferret out facts, but also a talent for framing, writing, shooting, producing 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. And it will require enthusiastic participation in ongoing conversations about what’s working and what’s not — and an equally enthusiastic commitment to adapting accordingly.
- 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 learn new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; Omniture, CrowdTangle and other analytics tools; and any emerging storytelling tools and platforms
- Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism. The new workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves.
- Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving
- Two years’ professional experience at a daily news outlet preferred.
- Journalism degree preferred.
Columbia – South Carolina state capital – is in the center of the state, with a two-hour drive from either the Atlantic coast or the Blue Ridge Mountains, and about halfway between New York City and Miami, with easy access to interstate highways. Not just the center of the state government, Columbia also is home to the main campus of the University of South Carolina and Fort Jackson, the country’s largest U.S. Army training base.
The State is a part of McClatchy, a flexible, empowering and exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life/balance and consistent opportunities for growth.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of post-offer drug and background screenings. We offer a competitive salary, along with a varied benefits package, including Medical, Dental, Vision coverage, Accident, Critical Care and Pet insurance as well as Life Insurance, 401(k) Savings Plan, vacation, sick leave and company holidays.
We’re Community Journals, the company behind the Greenville Journal, Upstate Business Journal, TOWN, and atHome magazine. Our team is committed to telling great stories and deepening our connection with the community we serve. We are locally owned and passionate about informing, connecting, and inspiring the people of Greenville, SC. We are currently adding to our Greenville Journal and Upstate Business Journal editorial team.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Produce steady stream of content for our print, website and social media platforms
- Stories could be “quick hits” that come from press releases or news tips, regular news pieces, profiles on businesses and people in the community or in-depth stories on topics that matter to Greenville and the Upstate.
- Other content will come from you being out in the community at downtown events, council meetings, business mixers, etc.
Be a multimedia storyteller
- Writing is your foundation, but the ability to shoot video and photography and to produce graphics is key.
- All content should be heavily-supported with photographs, video, graphics and other visual assets.
- Think outside the box. There are different ways to tell a story. Unique, visually-driven approaches often work best. We value creativity.
Be a self-starter
- Some content will be assigned, but the majority of it will be pitched, coordinated and executed by you.
- As a small team, we rely heavily on collaboration, but it’s critical that you are self-motivated and grasp what makes the most engaging story/content.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, writing or a related field. Equivalent experience will also be considered.
- A passion and talent for storytelling, a strong narrative sensibility, the creativity to come up with novel new approaches, and the judgement to recognize when less is more.
- A good understanding of the community, business and broad knowledge of different industries and subjects.
SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED OR PREFERRED:
- Knowledge of Associated Press style and media ethics.
- Ability to understand and connect with key audiences across print and digital platforms.
- Ability to shoot and edit photos and video a plus as is the ability to create simple infographics.
- Familiarity with Google Trends and indicators of social media trends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Familiarity with Google and social analytics products a plus.
- Excellent written communication ability.
- Ability to spot topics with high audience interest for local and regional market.
- Understanding of mobile-first and audience-first culture, including awareness of how today’s audiences rely on smartphones.
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Seeking talented, driven reporters
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. While the big chains are trimming, we recognize that readers want and need excellent reporting, that they depend on their daily newspaper to be the mirror of and watchdog for their community.
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
P.O. Box 1018
Greenwood, SC 29648
No phone calls, please.
The Post and Courier, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a Pulitzer finalist four times since 2013, is looking for a passionate local news editor.
We deeply value our relationship with our readers, and we believe in the old-school idea that investing in our journalism will lead to more readers and more revenue. You can read about the work we’ve been doing to build our audience and audience revenue here: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2019/how-the-post-and-courier-grew-digital-subscriptions-by-250/
As a local news editor at The Post and Courier, you will have everything you need to do the job right. Our newspaper is one of the few independent, family-owned papers left in the United States. Our local owners have deep roots in the community and care deeply about this newspaper and its reputation. And they’ve invested accordingly.
But before you apply, here’s what we need from you:
Demonstrated ability to produce journalism of the highest caliber.
Experience managing journalists of all types, and getting the most out of those teams, is preferred. But we will also take a look at a strong reporter with the drive to move up.
A commitment to watchdog and enterprise reporting is critical; experience managing or producing such work will move you to the top of our list.
Understanding of how our audiences are changing, and the ways newsrooms must adapt to meet those shifting demands.
The demeanor necessary to be an effective coach, line editor and confidant for a talented group of reporters who simply need someone to help them make the everyday, difficult decisions that separate good journalism from great journalism.
If you think you fit the bill, send a resume and a cover letter to Managing Editor Autumn Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Post and Courier is a drug-free and equal opportunity employer.
Description: In 1970, real estate developer Tom Wamsley and former newspaperman Ralph Hilton enlisted help and money from a third Hilton Head Island resident to start a newspaper to cover happenings on Hilton Head, a small island off the S.C. coast. The first edition — a 20-page tabloid — rolled off the press July 9, 1970. The paper came out on Thursday afternoons to an island with only 3,000 residents. As the island grew into a renowned resort, the Packet grew with it — from a weekly tabloid into a daily broadsheet newspaper. McClatchy Newspapers purchased the Packet in 1990, and by 1995 it had become a seven-day-a-week newspaper.
Beat: Development issues in Jasper County
Position: Jasper County is undergoing dramatic change. A poor, minority county, it is getting a new identity. The shift began in the 1990s with the development of Sun City, an age-restricted master planned community with 10,000 permanent residents. New residents are now moving into a second giant community, Latitude Margaritaville, which will include about 3,000 homes for those 55 and up. And long term, Jasper County will be home to a $5 billion ocean terminal, which will transform the county. The result: a culture clash between African-Americans who have long lived and run the county and wealthy white retirees.
Description: Compared to most daily newspapers, The Sun News is relatively young, founded in 1961. But we’re deeply rooted in Myrtle Beach and the Horry County area. We are the only daily newspaper on the Grand Strand.
Beat: Climate change and development in Georgetown County
Position: Georgetown County is essentially a news desert with a fundamental need for daily journalism to shed light on areas of growth, poverty and the racial divide of its communities. That’s what this reporter provides.
In 1970, real estate developer Tom Wamsley and former newspaperman Ralph Hilton enlisted help and money from a third Hilton Head Island resident to start a newspaper to cover happenings on Hilton Head, a small island off the S.C. coast. The first edition — a 20-page tabloid — rolled off the press July 9, 1970. The paper came out on Thursday afternoons to an island with only 3,000 residents. As the island grew into a renowned resort, the Packet grew with it — from a weekly tabloid into a daily broadsheet newspaper. McClatchy Newspapers purchased the Packet in 1990, and by 1995 it had become a seven-day-a-week newspaper.
Beat: Hilton Head’s working class
Position: While the majority of Hilton Head’s population is white retirees, its workforce is Latino and African-American. Many of these workers cannot afford to live on the island so they travel from far away to perform jobs in housekeeping, landscaping and restaurant kitchens. They’re the unappreciated engine of our tourism economy. More of their stories need to be told.
Skills: Spanish language, Writing
On Feb. 18, 1891, the first issue of a new newspaper with a bold name rolled off the presses in South Carolina’s capital city. A new era of S.C. journalism was born that day as the first 3,000 copies of The State newspaper rolled off the two-revolution press. For much of the time since, The State has been the daily newspaper of South Carolina with bureaus across the state offering an unmatched level of statewide and local coverage for South Carolina’s communities.
Beat: Public housing and the Columbia Housing Authority
Position: Two Columbia residents died in January, 2019, from carbon monoxide poisoning while in their subsidized, Columbia Housing Authority-owned apartments. Inspections found dozens of other gas leaks, structural problems and other dangerous conditions at the residences. This reporter is part of the projects team examining the authority’s finances, its leadership and the consequences of its actions, in order to build accountability and public trust.
Skills: Writing, Data.
Description: The Herald dates back to 1872 in Rock Hill, S.C., when it was known as The Lantern. It became The Herald in 1874 and then evolved into The Evening Herald, a name it held until 1986. The Herald was purchased by McClatchy in 1990. We are the leading provider of daily local news coverage in a three-county region. The Herald also produces the Fort Mill Times, a once-a-week publication dedicated to our region’s fastest-growing audience.
Beat: South Carolina’s Chester County
Position: When its textile mills closed decades ago, Chester County was left to economic struggle. The impact of that loss has not been fully explored, but there are some clear consequences: The county ranks among the lowest in income, while just 38 percent of the total population has a high school diploma and 18 percent have a college degree. There’s an ongoing debate about whether to spend money for a new career center or fix older schools that lack amenities such as Internet access. One bond vote has failed because voters could not agree on what should have higher priority. This reporter covers these issues and others, including poverty, the lack of affordable housing and the fair distribution of economic development.
Skills: Writing, Data
Description: Compared to most daily newspapers, The Sun News is relatively young, founded in 1961. But we’re deeply rooted in Myrtle Beach and the Horry County area. We are the only daily newspaper on the Grand Strand.
Beat: Homelessness in Horry County
Position: The majority of people who move here are of retirement age, but their families follow them without the prospect of job opportunities. Without an interstate, we lack industry outside of tourism to support substantial growth in good-paying jobs. This reporter explores those issues and more: the growing gaps between the haves and have-nots, the loss of tourism jobs, i.e. hotel workers, servers, cooks, who can’t keep up with increasing rents, and the resulting homelessness, drug abuse and strain on resources which make it difficult to care for the poor.
The Lancaster News, a bi-weekly newspaper, has an immediate opening for Staff Writer. Lancaster is located just 45 minutes south of Charlotte, NC and 60 minutes north of Columbia, SC. The Lancaster News offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) and paid time off benefits. The newspaper can also be found online at www.thelancasternews.com.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field desired.
- Good writing, researching and interviewing skills.
- Good grammar, spelling and punctuation required.
- Competency in photography and Photoshop.
- Good organization and time management skills.
- Must have reliable transportation to travel to assignments and a valid driver’s license.
- Write news, features, and columns, as assigned.
- Take photographs as assigned and to accompany news stories.
- Cover assigned beats. Will include attending meetings at nights and covering spot news.
- Develop/write features and news for special publications, promotions.
- Come up with story ideas relevant to the local community.
- Meet deadlines.
- Serve as positive liaison with the public.
Roughly 45 hours, with some evening and weekend work required.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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Generate ideas for daily video stories that appeal across local and national online audiences
Report, edit and produce compelling video journalism on deadline
Collaborate with editors/reporters to develop creative approaches to digital storytelling
Write good SEO headlines, captions, summaries and social media posts to promote your work
Shoot photographs to accompany video storytelling in digital presentations and for print
Assist in leading video training sessions with colleagues
Skills Needed: Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and team player skills required. Leadership, strategic thinking experience and the ability to work across a broad-section of colleagues essential. Visual sensibility and experience contributing to interactive and multimedia work, with creative concepts and implementation. Reliable news judgment, advanced communication skills needed. A deeply-connected professional network is important. A vision of future audience trends and digital media important.
Personal Attributes: Energy, flexibility, and online smarts. The ability to monitor a vast amount of information for a wide audience, matched with discerning judgment. Need the ability to work well with a variety of editors and staff at all levels within a digitally evolving local newsroom. Aptitude for thinking big, working wisely and quickly iterating.
Education: College degree required.
Special Training: Ability to quickly edit video. Extensive background in journalism, video and online media preferred.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years digital journalism experience. Familiarity with DSLR and professional video cameras, non-linear editing and video content management systems.
This position will be based in Columbia, SC, offices and will report to the Visuals Editor. Some travel may be required.
Please submit cover letter, resume and a link to a visual portfolio including video and still photojournalism via the buttons below.
This position is subject to a background check for any convictions directly related to its duties and responsibilities. Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: 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.
Requirements, minimum education level, and experience:
- Four-year college degree.
One year of daily newspaper experience as a fulltime 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 judgment
Physical Requirements: 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.
A small daily newspaper in South Carolina is hiring a full-time Advertising Director to accelerate local multi-media advertising growth while providing direction and support to our advertising sales team.
This position will work closely with the team TO ENSURE:
- strategies are developed to fully service the needs of customers while meeting company goals across all platforms, including traditional print, digital, events, contests, special publications, commercial print, print and deliver, and magazines.
- new revenue-generating strategies across all platforms are identified and carried out.
- sales training across platforms is accomplished.
- appropriate sales goals are set and attained.
Necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Proven success and experience in advertising sales and sales management
- Digital acumen and an eagerness to maintain current knowledge of digital marketing trends
- Able to meet revenue goals of the organization through quality planning and execution with the sales team
- Proven revenue retention and consultative selling skills
- Able to motivate sales team members and help team members identify and overcome obstacles to meeting goals by regularly reviewing and refining sales tactics and strategies
- Able to adjust commission structures to motivate sales team members while meeting organizational goals
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in business, marketing, advertising, or other relevant area
- 5+ years experience in newspaper advertising sales with experience in management of sales and ad production staff, including experience preparing and managing annual revenue and expense budgets, building commission plans, new product/initiative development/training, and setting team member goals
- Knowledge of HR and supervisory rules and policies
- Excellent communication, presentation, and time management skills
- Must be able to analyze and interpret marketing data and trends
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and references to the publisher at: email@example.com
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