Politics and education reporter in south-central Idaho

Times-News / Lee Enterprises

Twin Falls, Idaho

Date Posted September 24, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable
Website http://www.magicvalley.com/workhere


South-central Idaho’s largest news provider is seeking a reporter ready to jump into covering local politics and education in the Magic Valley.

This position is the perfect job for new journalists working to become solid beat reporters or veterans who just want to tell great stories. We have an experienced editing staff, and the Times-News can be a training ground and stepping stone for ambitious journalists.

We’re a mid-size paper that punches above its weight, covering some of the biggest stories in the state. We balance being first and accurate with breaking news, but also prioritize making time for reporters to work on long-term projects and enterprise reporting.

While our offices are in Twin Falls and Burley, we cover 28 school districts and eight counties with lots of little towns sprinkled in. We cover many areas with lots of Spanish speakers, so we’d love a candidate with Spanish skills.

To be successful in this job:

You’ll balance covering local issues with breaking statewide news.

You have a nose for news, sparkling clean writing and the skills to craft a lead that grabs readers and an ending that leaves them thinking about your story hours later.

You’ll take a video with almost every story and be comfortable using social media to promote stories

You’re full of ideas, self-motivated, innovative and creative.

You manage multiple daily deadlines and multiple priorities while maintaining professionalism in the workplace.

You have a year or more of reporting experience at a daily or weekly, or you’re an exceptional exception to this.

You have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or have equivalent experience.

The Magic Valley has a population of about 185,000. We are an ag-centric area that includes dairies, sugar beets and, yes, potatoes. Chobani built the world’s largest yogurt factory here, and Clif Bar opened its first in-house bakery here. We are a family-friendly and affordable community with access to world-class skiing, and the best trout stream in the West an hour drive from your front door, not to mention access to kayaking, hiking, biking, rock climbing and hunting in all directions.

Downtown Twin Falls is growing with new restaurants and shops opening all the time. We are two hours from Boise and three hours from Salt Lake City.

The Times-News is owned by Lee Enterprises. It offers a competitive salary, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, paid time off, holiday pay and 401K-retirement plan.

To apply, log on to www.magicvalley.com/workhere. Attach a cover letter, resume and three or four work samples that demonstrate a record of success. Applications without these items will not be considered.

We are a drug-free workplace, and all applicants considered for employment must pass a post-offer drug screen and background check prior to commencing employment. We are an equal opportunity employer.