Staff News Reporter

Position Available at Charleston City Paper
Posted June 26, 2017
Type of Position: Permanent Full-Time
The Charleston City Paper is looking for a Staff News Reporter. The Staff News Reporter will be responsible for quickly reporting, writing, compiling, aggregating, and/or producing stories about breaking, local, and political news related to Charleston and South Carolina. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reviewing police reports for any incidents that may be newsworthy and writing the weekly crime blotter. Covering municipal government, and attending any city council, board, and commission meetings for the city of Charleston and surrounding areas. Providing updates on any new major construction projects or developments being proposed in the Charleston area. Writing daily blog posts on local news and any state or national developments that may relate to Charleston. Tracking state legislation during the annual legislative session. Reporting on local elections (for both city and state representatives and Charleston County School Board), providing campaign coverage, as well as election results. Responding to and reporting on any breaking news in a timely fashion. Writing a weekly in-depth news feature on a wide range of topics. Writing long-form cover features and providing additional writing for any cover features as necessary NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Performs other duties and projects as assigned. REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: College degree in journalism or communications. Two-years professional experience preferred. KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: News judgment. Skilled at finding and talking with official sources and community members. Excellent writing skills. Facility with social media. Quick study of digital tools. Ability to write quickly, accurately, and well. Energy, flexibility and online smarts. Able to monitor a vast amount of information for a wide audience, matched with discerning judgment about what to pursue. Able to execute both quickly and well, with creativity. Ability to learn and use content management systems and other web-based applications. Skilled with Google email, calendars, documents, and Microsoft programs. Ability to troubleshoot minor technology issues for self. To apply, please send resume and three writing samples to Editor Kinsey Gidick at kinsey@charlestoncitypaper.com.
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