|Date Posted||December 05, 2019|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
The (Columbus, Miss.) Commercial Dispatch is seeking a bright, self-motivated reporter to cover city and county government. The Dispatch has an established reputation for holding local government officials accountable, and we’re looking for an aggressive, yet fair reporter to help us continue our efforts.
The ideal candidate has a passion for local newsgathering and is comfortable immersing him/herself in this community. She or he understands the importance of local news reporting and isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions. Our local government reporter should be adept at meeting coverage but also able to sniff out the stories behind the meetings. Time management, high productivity, good news judgment and unflagging persistence are essential attributes. We are looking for someone with at least two years’ of newspaper experience. Photography skills are a plus.
While the primary beat for this position is local government, all of our reporters have the ability to, and are encouraged to, pursue projects of personal interest. These can be features, investigative pieces or even profiles of local personalities.
The Dispatch, a 14,000-circulation afternoon daily, won the 2015 Daniel E. Phillips Freedom of Information Award for our investigative journalism work. The following year one of our reporters won the Bill Minor Prize for General News Reporting. Both awards were given to only one paper of any size state-wide. In 2017, because of our focus on investigative work, we were one of 10 newsrooms selected by Investigative Reporters & Editors to receive free Total Newsroom Training. We like tackling important stories and are building on our successes. If this sounds like a good fit for you, e-mail cover letter, resume and writing samples to publisher Peter Imes at firstname.lastname@example.org.