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Company: The Index-Journal
Position:
Reporter
Location:
Greenwood, South Carolina
Job Status:  Full-time
Salary:  $25,000 to $30,000
Website: http://www.indexjournal.com

Description:

 

The Greenwood (S.C.) Index-Journal, a 12,000-circulation daily newspaper, is looking for a talented, energetic and aggressive staff writer/reporter to join its award-winning team.
Your first thoughts? Eh, why bother with a small daily newspaper in lil ole South Carolina. True, we're not a major metro, but we do have a hard-working staff that has surpassed the parameters established for a small daily.
How's that?
In the past four years, our newspaper collected 143 South Carolina Press Association awards. We've won the President's Cup (twice now), a points-based honor given to the best newspaper in each circulation category. We've placed in General Excellence (overall newspaper award) three of the last four years. The Index-Journal is a place where you can pour out your talents and join in bringing home some top awards.
The position we're looking to fill is crucial to our team. We need a reporter who can and will dig into local government reporting on all levels - city, county councils as well as legislators. We're not talking about the superficial meeting coverage, either. We need someone who will drill down. Not every story is of Watergate magnitude, but the reporter filling this slot should not take everything at face value. There's an old saying shared by editors of yore: If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out. That's the kind of fact-checking reporter we want. You should be aggressive, yet fair. Make no mistake. This is not a beat-the-doors-down, hit-'em-up daily position. There are solid feature stories to be told too. As we said, it's not all Watergate, but in the past several years our government reporting has unearthed stories that spoke directly to the taxpayers' pocketbook while landing the newspaper rewards in the areas of in-depth reporting and as frontline fighters in the battle to uphold the state's Freedom of Information Act.

We are a family owned newspaper, which means we don’t have the layers of corporate executives to wade through. While newspapers are struggling to stay in business — and reducing the quality of the product — we’ve thrived.
The ideal candidate must understand local news matters and can convey that through stories and photos (when our photographer isn't available). 
If you think this job sounds like a good fit for you, and you have the desire to help us continue our award-winning, public-serving publication, we want to hear from you.
To apply, send your resume, a cover letter and 5-10 clips (we're looking for enterprise, breaking news and well-written features) via regular mail or email to:
Richard S. Whiting
Executive Editor
P.O. Box 1018
Greenwood, SC 29648

rwhiting@indexjournal.com
No phone calls please.


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