Community print and digital publication seeks local news reporter

Columbus, Mississippi

Date Posted March 04, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


The (Columbus, Miss.) Commercial Dispatch is seeking two local news journalists to help us continue to grow our reputation as a print and digital publication that holds our government officials accountable and sniffs out engaging stories.

The ideal candidates have a passion for local newsgathering and are comfortable immersing themselves in the communities we serve. Our home is in Columbus, Mississippi, a charming river city of 23,000 with an Air Force base and small liberal arts university. We also maintain an office in the growing nearby city of Starkville, home to Mississippi State University. We are making hires at both locations.

We’re seeking journalists who understand the importance of local news reporting and aren't afraid to ask the hard questions. We need someone 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 newsroom experience. Photography skills are a plus. 

While the primary emphasis for these positions 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 13,000-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 complimentary Total Newsroom Training. We like tackling important stories and are building on our successes. 

Uncertainty seems a given with newspaper jobs these days. While The Dispatch isn’t immune to industry changes, our family ownership structure has given us relative stability. We have diversified our income sources and are currently working on redeveloping our website with an eye toward the future. We haven’t had a reduction in the number of reporters we employ in more than a decade and remain committed to producing important work.

Our journalistic drive and willingness to innovate have resulted in funding assistance during the pandemic from Google News Initiative and Facebook Journalism Project.

If The Dispatch sounds like a good fit for you, email cover letter, resume and writing samples to publisher Peter Imes at

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