S.C. newspapers are hiring!

Beat: Rural communities in Lowcountry, South Carolina

Position:

This position is sponsored in part by Report for America, a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project.

Read more and apply here.

This position is sponsored in part by Report for America, a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project.

Read more and apply here.

Here is a chance for reporters to use investigative reporting skills at a statewide news organization that is expanding.

The Post and Courier, South Carolina’s largest news organization, is seeking projects reporters for its Spartanburg and Columbia newsrooms.

Ideal candidates should be well versed in government and civic issues, driven to examine the use of public resources and shine a light on behalf of local residents. Demonstrated skills as an incisive writer and thorough reporter are required, as is the ability to look beyond the story of the day toward deeper angles and themes.?

Spartanburg is near the Blue Ridge Mountains and along Interstate 85 between Atlanta and Charlotte. Columbia is the state capital and home to the University of South Carolina.  

The Post and Courier is an independent, family-owned newspaper that values its relationship with readers and is building a long-term business around digital subscriptions. The newspaper values collaboration among the seven newsrooms across the state.  

Applicants should email a resume and links to professional work to Post and Courier Managing Editor Expansion Andy Shain at ashain@postandcourier.com.

This position will oversee The Island Packet’s journalism gathering.

As editor, the successful candidate will ensure that all of our journalism is focused on serving and growing our digital audience.

 The ideal editor will have the story-identifying and story-writing skills of a great writer or editor; the reader-engagement skills of a strong social media editor; the statistical knowledge of an analytics expert; and the coaching skills of a great leader. The editor will have the authority to use those talents to shape our journalism from story conception to approach to distribution and promotion to maximize its reach and impact.

This is a hands-on position with heavy editing and coaching responsibilities. The editor will guide the work of every journalist in the newsroom and will work closely with editors and regional teams throughout the Carolinas.

This position reports directly to the regional South Carolina regional editor.

Core competencies:

  • The ability to lead, direct, collaborate with and coach colleagues throughout the newsroom.
  • Strong editing and/or writing skills and excellent news judgment.
  • An interest in the science of readership and engagement, and a zeal for understanding and using readership data to inform the editorial process. 
  • An interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy (toward readers and staff) and a superior ear for tone. 
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced, constantly evolving, and more outcome-oriented than task-oriented. 
  • Ability to develop and implement growth strategies.
  • Ability to manage budgets, hire staff, evaluate performance and productivity

Requirements:

  • A deep understanding of both the art and the science of audience engagement, ideally including:
    • Fluency with analytics and how to apply them. 
    • A way with headlines and an understanding of what works well on different platforms.
    • Good working knowledge of SEO practices.
    • A proven record of driving readership through Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
    • Experience promoting content through major aggregators (Drudge, Bleacher Report, Real Clear Politics, Fark, Yahoo, etc).
    • An understanding of the psychology of online readers generally, and of the motivations and interests of a broad range of potential audiences. The ability to empathize with readers who will encounter our work under a range of different circumstances. 
  • Skill and versatility as an editor and a writer, including the ability to shape everything from breaking news briefs to longform magazine-style pieces in a way that best serves and engages the broadest possible audience. 
  • Excellent news judgment, and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers and to anticipate reader interests before they exist.
  • Excellent journalism ethics.
  • The proven ability to lead, inspire, and convey knowledge to others, and to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues in managing change.
  • The ability to solve problems, innovate and adapt in service of the primary goal, which is to produce journalism that reaches and influences an audience of significant size.

This job offers a competitive wage and a full benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, life, 401(k) Etc. EOE

This reporter will be responsible for deeply reported, groundbreaking accountability journalism for readers in local communities and/or across the state. The work should fulfill McClatchy’s mission as a defender of the values of the First Amendment and as an organization that holds leaders and institutions accountable and makes our communities better.

 

The reporter must have the highest journalism ethics and sound judgment; extraordinary reporting and storytelling skills; the ability to collaborate with other reporters, and a deep understanding of the modern, digital news ecosystem as well as how to produce journalism that has an impact in it.  

 

Key skills include the ability to find and tell exclusive, compelling stories that will have the greatest impact on our communities, to use data and documents to hold governments and institutions accountable and to understand how to use a broad range of media in storytelling.

 

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 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

Temporarily work from home in the local market.

The State is seeking an aggressive journalist who can deliver exclusive reporting that informs and engages readers in the region. The reporter will be expected to move fast when news breaks while producing deeper stories that make a difference in the lives of our readers by holding officials accountable and unearthing the impact of their actions.

Lexington is one of South Carolina’s most conservative counties. More than 67 percent of its residents voted for Donald Trump.. Its residents are more religious than other communities, and they strongly support the Second Amendment. This reporter covers local issues that connect with these readers’ interests. 

The county recreation and aging commission has 22 sports complexes, including major facilities for tennis, soccer and baseball. Recreation is at the center of many Lexington County families, as is Lake Murray, one of the Midlands biggest attractions. People fish, boat and swim there almost year-round. Restaurants and other businesses cater to people who enjoy the lake. Some of Columbia’s most expensive homes are found along the shoreline. Neighborhoods are sprouting up almost daily. This beat covers all of those activities and more.

The position 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. 

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 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

Education & experience:

  • College degree preferred.
  • At least 1 year of local news experience preferred
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach seeks a retail and leisure reporter to work in one of the country’s most unique and fun places to live.  

Myrtle Beach is all about things to do, with dining and shopping options galore, non-stop tourist attractions and all of the outdoor activities you could ever want. The reporter on this beat will be the expert for our readers, guiding them through how to get the most of their community and must be able to find and break news, cover breaking news with urgency and develop compelling enterprise and analysis.
 
The retail and leisure reporter will have three main duties:
  1. Provide consistent enterprise and takeout-level work on retail and restaurant trends, issues and happenings that affect the quality of life in Horry County. Must be able to complete deeply reported journalism with a big picture scope, with concepts such as: Can the major shopping venue survive without major change, new neighborhoods shifting from golf courses to health trails, how businesses brace for Spring Breakers, or the changing face of Ocean Boulevard. The reporter will also focus on compelling storytelling opportunities and generate copy that focuses on people, not just bricks and mortar.

  1. Become the pre-eminent source of openings and closings and breaking news on the beat. This reporter will break news and respond quickly when another outlet breaks an opening or closing to remain competitive. This reporter will use Facebook live or other social media to further high-interest openings with live preview look-ins or tours.

  2. Serve as our leisure/sports specialist, writing when needed on the most important and highest digital reader interest topics.

This reporter must be a fluent digital journalist with a mastery of headline, SEO and social media best practices. The reporter must be able to write content relevant, useful and engaging for our digital readership. This reporter may be asked to serve in other roles as needed because of breaking news, vacations, changing business needs, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment;

  • The ability to shoot passable photos and videos;

  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics;

  • Understanding of open records laws and the ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work;

  • Ability to engage with readers and develop sources on social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter;

  • Understanding of SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital;

  • Ability to correctly identify audiences for selected stories;

  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and high energy;   

  • A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company. We will work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.

  • Must have reliable transportation.  Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).
Education & experience:
  • College degree preferred.

  • At least 2 years of local news experience preferred

The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, SC, is seeking an aggressive journalist who can deliver exclusive reporting on city government. We seek a strong journalist who excels at watchdog and accountability reporting and can handle in-depth work and research as well as breaking news. 

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 Sun News must demonstrate the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism.

Myrtle Beach offers a tremendous quality of life, a place with never-ending things to do, high energy and sand for as far as you can see.

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 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
  • Journalism degree preferred.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment;

  • The ability to shoot passable photos and videos;

  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics;

  • Understanding of open records laws and the ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work;

  • Ability to engage with readers and develop sources on social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter;

  • Understanding of SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital;

  • Ability to correctly identify audiences for selected stories;

  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and high energy;   

  • A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company. We will work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.

  • Must have reliable transportation. Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).
Education & experience:
  • College degree preferred.

  • At least 2 years of local news experience preferred

Learn more and apply.

The Sun News seeks an aggressive journalist who can deliver exclusive breaking news reporting that informs and engages readers. The breaking news reporter will be expected to move fast when news breaks while producing deeper stories that make a difference in the lives of our readers. 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.

Our journalism focuses on our local communities, and in that role we have the ability to spotlight problems, highlight solutions and truly make a difference — all the reasons you got into journalism. And we are part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities in the United States.

We are located in Myrtle Beach, a growing and active community with unique restaurants and all of the outdoor activities you could ever want. Working at the beach can’t be beat.

The breaking news 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 Sun News, the reporter must have demonstrated the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism.


Minimum requirements:

  • College degree and two years prior experience preferred
  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgement
  • 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 engagement, including and understanding of how to use analytics such as page views, time on site, referral sources and “shares and like” 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, 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 workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves.
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortable in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.
  • Must have reliable transportation. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).

Learn more and apply. 

The Island Packet is seeking an aggressive journalist who can deliver exclusive reporting that informs and engages readers in the region. The reporter will be expected to move fast when news breaks while producing deeper stories that make a difference in the lives of our readers by holding officials accountable and unearthing the impact of their actions.

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 Island Packet, the reporter must have demonstrated the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism. 

At The Packet  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. 

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 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

Education & experience:

  • College degree preferred.
  • At least 1 year of local news experience

Learn more and apply.

AikenStandard.com and The Aiken Standard, an award-winning daily community newspaper serving Aiken, S.C. area, is seeking a Multimedia Journalist (MMJ) to add to its news gathering team. Your responsibilities as a MMJ will include reporting, shooting and editing news stories, writing, developing contacts, as well as other responsibilities as assigned. You will be expected to produce daily content on a variety of platforms including the internet, social networking sites and mobile phones.

This is a full-time position including benefits; salary is negotiable and will be commensurate to experience. Experienced journalists and recent college graduates encouraged to apply.

Aiken is located across the Savannah River from Augusta, Ga., home of The Masters. Learn more about our community at VisitAikenSC.com. The Aiken Standard is owned by Evening Post Publishing Newspaper Group, parent company to our sister paper, The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong news judgment and writing skills
  • Sharp video shooting and editing skills
  • Solid storytelling ability
  • Smooth/pleasant delivery
  • Previous experience in a newsroom environment 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • General assignment and beat reporting
  • Generating story ideas and localizing national headlines
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Taking photographs and video to accompany stories
  • Utilizing social media daily to post articles and for community engagement
  • Monitor and cover breaking news as needed

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications
  • Strong skills with technology, video production, editing and AP style
  • Ability to prioritize workload and self-manage projects, handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Must have and maintain a valid license and a good driving record
  • Sharp news judgment
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team
  • A self-starter and who can generate his or her own story ideas on a daily basis
  • Ability to demonstrate enterprise reporting and creativity in storytelling
  • Exemplary communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to maintain an active social media presence to build your brand and solicit original story ideas
  • Knowledge of the community of Aiken, S.C., and surrounding cities a plus

How to apply:

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and clips or link to your online demo reel to Executive Editor John Boyette at jboyette@aikenstandard.com. Deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2022. No phone calls, please. 

We’re hiring!

The Lancaster News, a 7,000 circulation twice-weekly newspaper published by Paxton Media Group, is looking for a general assignment reporter to cover Lancaster County. The paper, which won the 2021 S.C. Press Association General Excellence award, covers one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, N.C.

If you can write accurate, compelling news and feature stories on deadline, this is the job for you. Excellent grammar, spelling and writing skills required. Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or equivalent experience required. Photography and social media skills a plus. Competitive salary and good benefits package.

To apply, send a resume with three recent writing samples and three references to: Jane Alford at jalford@thelancasternews.com. Application deadline is Dec. 15.

The award-winning Charleston City Paper, an alternative independent weekly, seeks a senior reporter to cover breaking stories as well as write news and features about local government.

ANNUAL PAY RANGE:  $40,000 to $52,000, based on experience.  

  • NOTE:  This is not an entry-level job.

Minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to tell compelling stories about people, not institutions.

  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment.

  • Strong people skills, including the ability to give and take constructive criticism.

  • Self-starter with ability to develop sources and interesting story ideas.

  • Ability to take photographs, as needed. 

  • Comfortable with technology, including Google apps and social media.

  • At least three years of journalism experience at a professional level.

  • Experience in meeting deadlines.

Qualifications:

  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics.

  • Understanding of state open records laws.

  • Proven ability to engage with readers and develop sources.

  • Experience with in-person interviews.

  • Entrepreneurial news spirit and curiosity.

  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

Education and experience:

  • College degree preferred.

  • At least three years of local news experience is preferred.

TO APPLY

  • Send one-page cover letter on why you are the ideal candidate.  Include one-page resume and three published stories.  

  • Send to:  editor@charlestoncitypaper.com.

The Marlboro County Herald Advocate and Pee Dee Life magazine is hiring a general manager to oversee all operations and specifically drive revenue in new geographical areas, the quarterly magazine, and digital marketing products.

The Herald Advocate has an exceptional core team and needs a leader to help it continue its mission to provide the best community journalism across all print and digital platforms and provide local businesses with a trusted advertising vehicle.

The Herald Advocate publishes in print weekly, 1-2 per week as an e-newsletter, and 24-7 on our website and social media channels. We also create and distribute a popular quarterly magazine, Pee Dee Life.

The Herald Advocate, part of the Champion Media family of publications, also works in concert with sister papers in neighboring NC counties on special sections, promotions, and other collaborative ventures to take advantage or our regional reach.

The successful candidate will be organized, creative, goal achievement oriented, and able to connect with the local community.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to tjohnston@cmpapers.com

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