Harlan Newspapers

Harlan, Iowa

Date Posted June 21, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


Harlan Publishing, a family owned newspaper in western Iowa, has an opening for its top newsroom position. This is an exciting opportunity for either an up-and-coming journalist or a veteran who is excited about telling stories across multiple platforms. Harlan Newspapers boasts a fun work environment in a great town that’s just small enough to be home but close enough to both Omaha and Des Moines for day trips.

We’re looking for a journalist that’s adept at posting content to social media and then polishing that content for our print editions. We offer health care, a 401(K) program with a company match and paid time off. If you’re ready to join an award-winning news media operation as it expands coverage across its digital and print platforms, we want to hear from you. 

This position is best for someone who likes to tell stories and includes regular reporting and coverage of community issues and events. The editor coordinates coverage with our freelance writers and summer intern. We will train the successful candidate on any of the skills they’re lacking. While the role accommodates some remote work, especially during a pandemic or natural disaster, the position will be based in Harlan, with day-to-day attendance in the office necessary.

Editors with the Harlan Newspapers should be passionate about community journalism. They must be disciplined with meeting short- and long-term deadlines, proficient in AP style, and able to shoot their own photos and video. 

Daily Job Responsibilities

• Work to develop story ideas based on your beats, leads, assignments, research, trends, investigation or observation

• Be sure all content uses proper grammar, follows AP style and is as compelling as possible

• Create relationships with members of the community, boards or associations and other agencies to develop access to credible sources for current and future stories

• Schedule or post content to the newspaper website and social media platforms to drive traffic

• Meet all deadlines

• Be flexible: You may need to fly the drone.

Job Skills & Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent newsroom experience
  • A focus on producing accurate and factual stories
  • Experience as a reporter or editor
  • Proficiency with computers and other office equipment



  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism
  • Experience with social media posting and management
  • Familiarity with the State of Iowa


About Harlan Publishing LLC

Harlan Newspapers prints a twice-weekly newspaper and has been family owned since its inception in 1870. The newspaper was purchased in September 2020 by J. Louis Mullen, an owner who is committed to local community news and believes in the power of print media. Send your resume and cover letter to josh@harlanonline.com


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