Date Posted June 19, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Sports/Outdoors
Job Status Full-time


Southeast Missourian seeks sports reporter to join regional team

The Southeast Missourian seeks locally based sports journalist interested in creating engaging content as part of a regional sports team (, working in a collaborative environment where innovation is encouraged and celebrated. This candidate will be working for a family-owned media company in Cape Girardeau’s vibrant downtown that combines big city attractions, small town charm and a state university with Division I sports programs. 

The successful candidate must be able to craft stories on the fly for a 24-hour online news cycle + three-day print product and will be responsible for basic photography while working with staff photographers on more nuanced art. This individual will have a good grasp of what makes a compelling story, understanding key elements to good online storytelling. Story ideation is important as is the ability to write on a variety of high school and college sports. This individual will cover high school and collegiate sports and collaborate with the sports editor, and others on the team, on daily and future coverage plans. is the newspaper’s sports website that aggregates sports content from five Rust Communications newspapers in Southeast Missouri. covers 56 high schools as well as college sports.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Ability to create on-deadline textual and visual content
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • A commitment to listening to and engaging audiences
  • A desire to have fun and enjoy life with colleagues while working in a noble profession that is vital to our community


The Southeast Missourian was one of 10 newspapers in North America selected by Google, Local Media Association, and FTI Consulting for an accelerated project on digital subscriptions. It has previously been involved with Google on three other cutting edge projects, as well as being a technology testing ground for the Associated Press. It was one of 30 news organizations — out of 300 applicants across North America — selected earlier this year to participate in a program with the Facebook Journalism Project. The company is currently putting finishing touches on a ground-breaking digital platform that will extend its newsroom resources and raise the bar on quality content.

The Southeast Missourian covers a metro area anchored by Cape Girardeau, which is a thriving community with four hospitals, a university, and a bustling downtown district on the riverfront of the Mississippi. In addition to its news and sports products, Rust Communications operates a marketing agency, events division, and magazine operation in Cape Girardeau.

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