Award-winning independent newsroom seeks entrepreneurial reporter

Richland Source

Mansfield, Ohio

Date Posted May 11, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Associate's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary 30-35k + 8k in bonus eligibility


Why come to work here?

Let’s be real. Local news reporting in Mansfield, Ohio may not be the most glamorous gig in the world. There are bigger newsrooms. There are fancier cities. But if you want to grow in your career and be ready for the next step, you will be hard-pressed to find a better opportunity. Here’s what we mean. 

Bottom line: we may not be your last job, but we will prepare you for the next one. 

Let’s fact-check those claims

Their commitment to creating a better news product is unwavering, and it's deeply tied to creating journalism that truly serves and builds their community," said Samantha McCann, COO, The Solutions Journalism Network. "Every publication could learn a thing or two from Richland Source.

Job Description 

We are looking for an innovative, entrepreneurial reporter who isn't afraid to break from the mold of a traditional newsroom. Ideally, our reporter will make a home in Richland County, Ohio to best become part of the community, respond to news as quickly as possible, and engage with our readers.

We expect this reporter to pick their spots when it comes to working with a Solutions Journalism mindset, as this is a key part of what we do. We also utilize Hearken, a reader-involvement tool that solicits questions from readers that we expect to be another consistent component of the position.

Our team at all three sites works together to frequently share content, ideas and resources. Our small network of sites will combine for approximately 25 million page views this year and 500k visitors per month.

Qualifications and Responsibilities

It’s possible that a great candidate won’t check all of these boxes. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself and why your background makes you a great fit.


The culture here is collaborative and entrepreneurial, and you need to know that going in. This isn't a giant newspaper and we don't act that way. If you want a 200-foot tall wall between the newsroom and the revenue team, we are not the place for you. We never compromise our ethics, but are realistic about the position the business of local news finds itself in, and we -- all of us -- are committed to fixing it. Our team works together frequently to support membership efforts, organize events, meet with readers, and create content. Our standards are high and we work our tails off, but we have fun while we do it.

We are non-partisan, in case you were wondering. We’re not interested in being a part of the hate economy that has done so much damage to our industry and democracy. That said, to quote the incredible ad writers at the Texas Tribune, “non-partisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.


Our vibrant offices are located in a growing downtown section of Mansfield, within walking distance of an emerging scene encompassing bars, live music venues, restaurants and the best coffee shop and bakery in town.

Salary & Benefits


We believe that the best organizations reflect the communities they serve, and we’re taking steps to make that a reality at the Source. We’re committed to inclusivity for all people and backgrounds. We especially encourage people from traditionally marginalized backgrounds to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.