News Reporter

Position Available at The Portland Mercury
Posted August 29, 2018
Type of Position: Permanent Full-Time
Good news: The Portland Mercury is hiring! We’re looking to add a full-time reporter to our award-winning staff—known locally for smart, deep, and accessible journalism. And we want someone with hustle and an unflinching drive to make a meaningful difference in our community. Qualified applicants must possess the following: • A substantial body of professional work published within the past three years. • Snappy, smart writing chops paired with a passion for long-form storytelling and a dedication to accuracy. Show us your well-cultivated voice. • A demonstrated ability to devise and execute unique, high-quality story ideas— with little to no handholding—in an extremely competitive news market. • Experience requesting and digging through public records in pursuit of scoops or must-read context. • Flexibility. Be able to jump from the courthouse to city hall to a protest to wherever else you're needed. It’s a busy city. • An easy, active relationship with social media. • A thriving cultural life outside of work… and, seriously, a sense of humor. • We’ll like you even more if you can take a good picture or build an amazing spreadsheet or infographic. • We especially encourage people of color and women to apply! Again, this is a full-time position—with competitive salary and benefits—in a profitable and stable company. Evening and weekend hours aren’t the norm, but they’re also not unheard of. Interested applicants should send us a résumé, the best cover letter known to humankind, links/PDFs to at least three pieces, and four story ideas. Email everything to Snail mail won’t be accepted. Sorry! Deadline for applications: Wednesday, September 12. We are an equal opportunity employer.
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