Staff Writer/Photographer

Lampasas Dispatch Record

Lampasas, Texas

Date Posted January 09, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty General Assignment
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $37,000-$42,000
Website http://www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com

Description:

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

ON-SITE POSITION: Twice-a-week community newspaper in Lampasas County (Central Texas)
www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com

• Integrity, values and ongoing community trust are extremely important to us! If that's true of you, too, let's talk!

Position: Full-time staff writer/photographer

Salary range: $37,000-$42,000 per year

Key job duties:

- About 40-45 hours per week

- Write 7+ articles per week (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 stories (or make "pull quotes," fact boxes, etc. to illustrate stories)

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

- Take photos and/or wWrite 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 after 60 days of employment; PTO increases w/ tenure to max of 4 weeks/year

• Health and dental insurance

• 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 Central Texas 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 the right place for you if you:

• Only want to focus on a narrow journalistic beat (Our reporters write about a variety of subjects.)
• Struggle to develop your own hyper-local story ideas
• Lack follow-through
• Rush through your work and don't focus on the details
• Aren't interested in writing detailed stories with multiple local sources per story
• Don't want to live in/near Lampasas, Texas
• Are not willing to work nights and weekends as needed
• Want to write fluff pieces or tons of "gotcha" exposés

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 three to five years of journalistic experience PREFERRED. If you have some journalism experience but less than three years' worth, we'd like to talk -- as long as you are ready to hit the ground running!

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 117th year of publishing)

• Currently 6 full-time staff members + a few freelancers

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