Date Posted July 09, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Other
Job Status Full-time



The Island Packet of Hilton Head seeks an aggressive, enterprising reporter to join its award-winning newsroom in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Live among the natural beauty, wildlife, trails, sun and sand and work with a newsroom that has been recognized as South Carolina’s best in its circulation size for six years running. 

We seek an experienced reporter who has a proven ability to do rich, in-depth journalism that will drive loyal readership.

The idea candidate will be able to show a proven history of juggling daily, short-term and longer-term pieces at once. We value enterprise and creativity and a reporter who can generate and execute compelling story ideas.

What you'll bring:

In this role, you also will need to...

  • Build sources and relationships in the community.
  • Think about our audience first and always, with a commitment to tactics that grow readership.
  • Demonstrate speed, competitiveness and SEO savvy
  • Work well in a team environment. 

The ideal candidate also will be able to help coach young reporters and assist the senior editor for news at times with editing and leadership opportunities.


  • At least three years of reporting experience;
  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment;
  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics;
  • Understanding of open records laws and the ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work;
  • Ability to ask the right questions and discuss alternatives with a reporter or visual journalist to determine whether a story idea is worth pursuing;
  • Understanding of SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital;
  • Ability to correctly identify audiences for selected stories;
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and high energy;  
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies, such as AI;
  • A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company. We will work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always 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, 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 letteryour resume and six to eight examples of your best work when you apply.

About McClatchy:

Our impact is growing every day. 30 growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 57 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.