News reporter

The Courier and Daily Comet, Houma, Louisiana

Date PostedJuly 11, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time

The Courier and Daily Comet, sister papers in Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana, are seeking a news reporter to cover business and general assignments in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, a Cajun community about an hour southwest of New Orleans.  

We're looking for someone with a strong nose for news, healthy curiosity and the diligence it takes to write stories that go beyond the superficial. While some feature writing and general assignments are part of this beat, we’re looking for someone with a strong desire to write hard-hitting news stories quickly, accurately and authoritatively. The ideal candidate will think critically on the fly, consider no assignment too big or small and be unafraid to ask probing questions. You'll work flexible hours dictated often by news events and our need to respond quickly and effectively.

You'll cover some of the biggest issues in our community, where the major employer is the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas industry. You can learn a little about our newspaper in this recent Associated Press story

Our reporters work in multiple media, including video, print and online. Dexterity in all of these, as well as with common word-processing, spreadsheet, database and video-editing systems, is preferred. A four-year college degree is required. Previous experience at a daily newspaper or other professional news organization is preferred but not necessary.

You'll deliver news to readers of The Courier and Daily Comet, with a combined daily circulation of about 16,000. Our papers consistently earn major journalism awards. The Courier has been named Louisiana Press Association Newspaper of the Year for most of the past decade. The Daily Comet received that honor in the latest contest.

Live and work a unique, fun and colorful community with Cajun roots, lots of festivals and some of the best freshwater and saltwater fishing in the world. An hour’s drive will take you to New Orleans and all of the pro sports, fantastic food and world-class entertainment for which the city is famous.
Both papers are owned by Gatehouse Media. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and opportunities for professional growth.

To apply, send your resume and at least five writing samples -- or a link to your online portfolio -- to Executive Editor Keith Magill at

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