Date Posted February 28, 2023
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Sports/Outdoors
Job Status Full-time
Salary $65,000 to $70,000


The Kansas City Star seeks an aggressive, enterprising Kansas City Royals beat reporter to join its award-winning newsroom in one of America’s most diverse and fast-growing communities.

At The Star, we put a premium on breaking stories first as well as investing in hard-nosed, accountability journalism that our audience can’t get anywhere else. 

Our journalism focuses on our local communities, and in that role we have the ability to spotlight problems, highlight solutions and truly make a difference -- all the reasons you got into journalism. And we are part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities across the U.S.

Kansas City is not only a lively region for news but an interesting place to live, with an excellent quality of life. Our community is growing with an up-and-coming arts scene, unique restaurants and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

In our Royals reporter, we’re seeking a versatile and resourceful journalist who is as skilled and knowledgeable about Major League Baseball as she/he/they are in knocking on doors to track down sources. One of the biggest storylines in Kansas City right now, sports-related or otherwise, is the Royals’ ambitious stadium/entertainment district project and funding/financing issues that will accompany its design and construction.

In this role, you will need to:

  • Focus on stories that build readership

  • Think about audience first and always, with a commitment to tactics that grow readership

  • Master engaging multimedia storytelling

  • Demonstrate speed, competitiveness and SEO savvy through aggregating and storytelling tools

  • Work well in a team environment. 

The successful candidate should meet many of the following requirements:

  • A deep knowledge of baseball, and Major League Baseball in particular

  • Ability to build and cultivate sources that produce a constant flow of meaningful scoops and news to our passionate Royals fan base 

  • College degree or equivalent work experience

  • 1-3 years of sports-reporting experience. (Minimum years of experience)

  • Strong writing skills, excellent news judgment and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers

  • Must have reliable transportation. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works)

  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism

  • Ability to work collaboratively to aggressively tackle stories

  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving over the course of a 162-game MLB season and typically busy offseason

  • Familiarity with data, public records and business reports.

What we’ll bring:
As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on health, well-being, wealth and daily life, our package options include healthcare coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends. 

Our overall benefits package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. With an excellent support team and with focus on your well-being as a top corporate strategy, McClatchy provides benefits to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellness goals. For more information on McClatchy's benefit plan, please visit

To apply, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and four to six examples of your best work.

About McClatchy:
Our impact is increasing every day. Thirty growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. Fifty-six Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger. 

As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of a flexible, empowering, and exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth — a place where you have a voice and the ability to help guide our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.

McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.