Staff Writer

Lampasas Dispatch Record

Lampasas, Texas

Date Posted September 09, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Magazines / Publishing
Specialty General Assignment
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $35,000-$40,000
Website http://www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com

Description:

LAMPASAS DISPATCH RECORD -- We are expanding our writing team!

Warning: This is a lengthy job post. What can we say? We are detail-oriented journalists, and we love answering questions as thoroughly as possible. If that sounds like you, let's talk!

• Twice-a-week community newspaper in Lampasas County (Central Texas)
www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com

• Integrity, our values and community trust in the Dispatch Record are extremely important to us! To learn more about our news coverage and Opinion page, see "TO APPLY" below.

Position: Full-time staff writer/photographer

Salary range: $35,000-$40,000 per year

Key job duties:

- Write about 7 articles per week (about 3,500 words total)

- Initiative: Writer generates at least three new (localized) story ideas per week that he/she will cover

- Take photos to accompany majority of articles (or make rough sketches of graphics for our designer to create)

- Take stand-alone "wild art" photos as needed — Experience with Photoshop, Lightroom or other photo-editing software is a plus

- Write stories for several special sections, including county stock show, National FFA Week, visitor's guide magazine, city festival, hunter's edition

- Assist with page layout — InDesign experience is a plus

- Pitch in to help us meet publication deadlines (Monday and Thursday at noon)

- Some night and weekend work required

- Post breaking stories and photos to newspaper website as needed

Key topics you will cover:

• Lampasas and Lometa school districts — including feature stories, photos and coverage of each district's monthly school board meeting

• Human-interest features

• Public safety — including coverage of major fires, crashes, crimes and court cases

• Kempner city government — including twice-a-month City Council meetings

• Agriculture

• Lometa city government — including monthly City Council meeting

Benefits:

• Paid time off available after 60 days of employment; PTO increases w/ tenure to max of 4 weeks/year

• Health and dental insurance available

• Retirement plan with company match up to 3% of salary

• 8 paid holidays per year

• Mileage reimbursement for out-of-town assignments

You're a GREAT fit if you:

• Want to live in a small town
• Want to be deeply involved in community life
• Are passionate about earning the community's respect
• Have a natural curiosity and like to learn
• Enjoy pitching your own (hyper-local) story ideas to editors
• Pay extreme attention to detail and get the facts right the first time
• Share your ideas and suggestions in a positive manner
• Take direction/coaching with a positive attitude
• Treat others with the utmost respect
• Keep your promises and hate to let others down
• Work hard and play hard (i.e. You are a fun teammate!)
• Are seeking a long-term role with our team

We're NOT a good fit if you:

• Only want to focus on a narrow journalistic beat (Our reporters write about a variety of subjects.)
• Are not interested in developing your own hyper-local story ideas
• Lack follow-through
• Rush through your work and don't focus on the details
• Don't want to live in rural Texas
• Are not willing to work nights and weekends as needed
• Want to write fluff pieces or tons of "gotcha" exposés
• Bring lots of "drama" to the team

HOW TO APPLY:

• Email Publisher David Lowe at dlowe@lampasas.com.
• Please include:
- Work samples that highlight your journalistic writing and/or photography
- One- to two-page resume (list specific accomplishments)
- Professional and/or personal references (non-family members)
- Brief cover letter (100-250 words) to tell us about you, your goals and what motivated you to apply for this position. NOTE: Bachelor's degree and at least one year of journalistic experience PREFERRED. If you lack a degree or are just starting in journalism, make your case to us by sending high-quality writing and photography samples!

If you want to learn more about our news coverage and Opinion page, ask David for access to our past coverage. (We have a subscriber paywall.)

ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY:

• Rural — but growing — county filled with friendly people

• Lampasas city population about 7,500; county population about 22,000

• Nearby major cities:

- Killeen/Fort Hood (25-minute drive)
- Austin (1 hour)
- Waco (1.5 hours)
- San Antonio (2 hours)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (2.5 hours)
- Houston (4 hours)

• Mild weather
• Safe area
• No state income tax!

ABOUT THE LAMPASAS DISPATCH RECORD:

• Independent, family-owned newspaper (in its 116th year of publishing)

• Currently 7 full-time staff members + a few freelancers

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