Inquisitive news reporter wanted for hyperlocal weekly

Observer Media Group, Longboat Key, Florida

Date Posted September 17, 2019
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


Longboat Observer Town Hall reporter wanted

Longboat Key, Florida, is a 10-mile barrier island with world-famous beaches and an average annual temperature of 73.1 degrees.

Sound appealing? 

If so, the Longboat Observer has an immediate opening for a news reporter.

In the past few years, we’ve written about everything from a rogue group of peacocks to a senior citizen brawl that ended with one man in a swimming pool to groins. (Editor’s note: Groins are sand-control structures.)

We’ve also done hard-hitting stories about elections, infrastructure projects, budgets, spending, insurance, union negotiations and more. You’ll report on local government and politics, real estate/development, tourism, insurance, breaking news and, yes, the occasional tropical storm or hurricane while tallying up lots of front-page bylines.

We’re looking for a self-starter who will work out of our Longboat Key and Sarasota offices and quickly become the go-to person for all news related to Longboat Key. We also are looking for someone who wants to become part of the community, not just report on it. 

Here are a few signs this could be the job for you:



The Longboat Observer is a hyperlocal community newspaper. That means if it doesn't happen on Longboat Key, it's probably not our story, and if it does happen on Longboat Key, there's no news too small.

The paper is part of the Observer Media Group, a family-owned and operated multimedia company based in Sarasota, Florida. The company publishes 10 weekly newspapers throughout Florida, along with six websites. Altogether, our newspapers and websites reach more than 400,000 readers weekly.

While our print papers are weekly, we are a daily news operation, posting breaking news and features on our website,

If you’re looking for a stable company where you can try new things and continue to grow as a reporter and writer, this is the place for you. We consistently win the Florida Press Association's award for general excellence, and we have been named the best newspaper in North America by the Local Media Association three times. In everything we do, we strive for excellence, and we're GROWING — something not many news organizations can say these days.

Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits are included.

Please email your resume, including references, three to five clips, and a cover letter explaining why you’re the ideal candidate for the job to Managing Editor Eric Garwood at  

No phone calls, please.





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