Southwest Virginia reporter

Cardinal News

Martinsville, Virginia

Date Posted September 23, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


Cardinal News is looking for a journalist to cover the economic rebirth of Martinsville and Henry County, a journalistically underserved community of 64,000 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the North Carolina line. This region was once dominated by textile mills and furniture factories, and is now building a new economy based on advanced manufacturing. Martinsville is home to one of the state's major museums (the Virginia Museum of Natural History) and a nationally known sports complex (the Martinsville Speedway). It's about an hour away from Roanoke to the north and Greensboro, N.C. to the south. Smith Mountain Lake and the Appalachian Trail are within easy reach.

This position is fully funded for at least three years. We believe journalists should be focused on the stories they tell and not distracted by constant staff reductions experienced at legacy newspapers. While we prefer an experienced journalist for this position, we are also experienced in mentoring junior journalists.  

Cardinal News has developed a statewide audience and has become the biggest (by staff size) online news site in Virginia. Whoever joins our staff in Martinsville will immediately become one of the best-known journalists in the state. We are looking for a journalist who has demonstrated the ability to provide context and connect the dots on stories of regional importance. This journalist must live in or be willing to relocate to Martinsville or Henry County. This is an excellent opportunity for a journalist who wants to practice serious journalism and tell an important story about a community in transition, a community where big stories are happening that go unreported.

We are an independent, nonprofit news site covering the politics, economy and culture of Southwest and Southside Virginia, two parts of our state that have often been left out of the statewide conversation and left behind by a changing economy. Since our September 2021 launch, we have quickly established a state and national reputation for serious-minded, in-depth coverage. We were one of three finalists for the community champion award sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofit News and are one of four finalists for “best new business” from the Local Independent Online News Publishers association. We are also one of just 30 news organizations around the country invited to join the Facebook Reader Revenue Accelerator program, a nine-month training program with industry leaders about ways to grow online revenue. We've been featured in The Washington Post and Editor & Publisher. We are also growing. We started with a staff of two reporters; this Martinsville position will be our fifth. We are a fiercely non-partisan site that practices old-fashioned journalism in a new digital format. Cardinal News is a nonprofit news organization, modeled similarly to public radio, and is funded by foundations, corporations and individuals. A generous gift from the Harvest Foundation will support a reporter in this area for a minimum of three years.

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