General Assignment Reporter

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Free Press Publishing

Date Posted July 01, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time

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Free Press Publishing is looking for general assignment reporters for our Lincoln County Record-Times and Ritzville Adams County Journal newspapers. These are truly general assignment positions, reporting on local government, schools, hospitals, crime and courts, agriculture and business, and community and sporting events in rual Eastern Washington. Our communities have an abundance of news to chase from water and agriculture, drought and wildfire, to highway crashes and shutdowns, to local government, festivals and sports. These are in-person positions.

The successful candidates will have solid time-management skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. They will write multiple stories daily, while keeping up a police blotter, court reports and other public records. They will be able to balance traditional news coverage with digital and social media. Photography and pagination skills are a plus.

From high plains desert to rolling hills, lakes and timerland, our newspapers cover five Eastern Washington wheat counties, where small-town living is at its best. Our readers are fiercely loyal, with about 80% of homes getting the printed newspaper each week in most of our core markets. This is farm country, where people get up early and work hard — then play harder when and where its appropriate. Here, neighbors still  help neighbors and life revolves around local events and sports. The cost of living in our communities is lower than most places in the state. And for the outdoorsman, great fishing, hunting, camping and hiking is nearby. We don’t have a Starbucks on every corner, nor do we have big box stores — those are in Spokane (Washington state’s second-largest city), which is an hour’s drive away.

Our reporters are traditional “professional observers” providing the play-by-play of life in our rural communities. Can your prose make our readers feel as those they are beside you at a meeting, event or sports? Are you well-versed in AP style and inverted pyramid writing? Can you multi-task and meet strict deadlines? Do you have what it takes to provide the coverage our readers expect and deserve? And are you interested in living and working in a safe, rural community, removed from the problems facing cities and surburban areas? If so, we want to hear from you. 

Email a cover letter, resume, clips and three professional references to Publisher Roger Harnack at [email protected]. No telephone calls.

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