Date Posted May 26, 2023
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Job Status Full-time


We’re looking for an opinion writer to thoughtfully cover a thriving region in one of the most politically fascinating states in the country. Are you someone who can craft a must-read column, tell an engaging story, and wants to be a thoughtful voice in the community where you live? We want an opinion writer who can report and write a powerful editorial, but also one with an ear for storytelling and eye for the big and small things your community is buzzing about. 

Our next opinion writer will: 

  • Report and write a regular column focused on local and regional issues, regularly breaking news and holding officials to account.
  • Assist with editing and writing editorials.

The successful candidate will be a fresh voice and sharp thinker with a love for community-based reporting. They will be someone who embraces a digital-first focus that rewards quick, thoughtful writing and an eagerness to try new things.  

The opinion writer will help readers and would-be readers understand the contribution local journalism can make to the health of a community. They will engage in respectful community building both online and by hosting community conversations with the end goal of growing support for our work. 

This person will grow readership of our editorials by acting on available post-publication data. Skills and experience with video and/or podcasting are a plus. The position will report to the NC Opinion Editor and be based in Raleigh, but will also write for the Charlotte Observer.

What you'll bring:

  • At least 3-5 years of reporting experience, preferably on local issues and/or government.

  • Strong editing skills and excellent news judgment.

  • A zeal for understanding and using readership data to inform the editorial process.

  • An interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy (toward readers and staff) and a superior ear for tone.

  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.

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, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends. 

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

About McClatchy:

Our impact is growing every day. 30 growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 56 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 impact 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.