Reporter

Westmore News, Port Chester, New York

Date PostedApril 13, 2019
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
SpecialtyLocal News
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$30,000 to $35,000
Websitehttp://www.westmorenews.com
Description:

National and state award-winning, 55-year-old community newspaper is seeking a detail-oriented person who takes pride in his or her thoughtful, objective and creative writing to cover urban, community and educational issues.

 

Westmore News offers the permanence of ink on paper and the immediacy of the web/mobile. Although the circulation area is not large, the paper is a staple in a community that serves as a microcosm of the country and has been embroiled in national issues from Voting Rights Act violations to FBI investigations to immigration and deportation policies.. Westmore News has covered them all. Between two villages—Port Chester with a substantial Hispanic immigrant population and Rye Brook, a more affluent, white-collar community—under the umbrella of a town that predates the founding of the United States, there are plenty of diverse topics for coverage. Furthermore, the two school districts in our coverage area deal with the same or sometimes radically different issues.

 

Westmore News is looking for someone who values storytelling, watchdog journalism and wants to make a difference in the community but is also willing to cover the small stuff.

 

Responsibilities:

• Write clean copy articles covering both hard news and features about people, issues, places and events

• Conduct interviews in person and by telephone while building and maintaining professional relationships with sources

• Take photos for picture stories, to accompany written stories and to be used as standalones

• Present stories in an interesting, accurate and fair manner for publication in the weekly newspaper and online

• Be alert and vigilant for story leads and pitch story ideas to the editor

• Attend regularly scheduled meetings of governing bodies

• Handle social media for the newspaper, including Facebook and Twitter

• Flexible days and hours which may include nights and weekends

 

Qualifications:

• 4-year college degree in journalism, communications or related field

• Enthusiasm to work in a supportive and fast-paced environment that places a high value on accuracy, speed and productivity

• Passion for both storytelling and informing the community about news and issues affecting them

• A car is required

• Spanish-speaking ability is a plus, but not required

• Newspaper experience at a college, weekly or daily publication is a plus

• Experience with photography and social media is preferred

 

Westmore News is EOE. Please e-mail your cover letter, clips and resume to editor@westmorenews.com.


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