News Reporter - City Government

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington

Date PostedDecember 07, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

Washington state’s second most-populous county is undergoing fundamental change as people priced out of the Seattle housing market seek relief in Tacoma and surrounding communities. These newcomers can bring a younger, more progressive mindset, and that is leading to conflict with existing attitudes and affecting local politics, governance and economic development.  

The News Tribune, the leading news source in the South Puget Sound region, seeks a reporter to cover city governments in Tacoma and Lakewood as well as the Port of Tacoma, one of the region’s most important economic drivers.  We value accountability and enterprise reporting over traditional meeting coverage and seek a diligent reporter and skilled storyteller to help our readers understand the changing nature of their home. 


  • Report news of the people and institutions of local communities.
  • Write spot news and enterprise stories.
  • Build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism.
  • Use reader analytics to grow audiences and increase engagement.
  • Develop an awareness of what people are sharing and talking about on social media.
  • Shoot photos and video to illustrate some stories.
  • Develop community news sources.
  • Conduct interviews and gather information from sources.
  • Take responsibility for fully covering a local news beat or community.
  • Work with photographers and graphic artists to develop photos and graphics to illustrate stories from beat.
  • Some night and weekend work required.
  • Work with an array of colleagues and supervisors to assemble and publish a story.


  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working 
  • Proficient with standard suite of Microsoft Office and Google Suite software and database applications.
  • Communicate efficiently and effectively both orally and in writing using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Analyze situations quickly and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Follow safety rules and regulations.
  • Organize work to meet schedules and timelines.
  • Strong writing skills and excellent news judgment
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism
  • Ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including video
  • Fluency in the science of readership and engagement
  • Commitment to News Tribune mission of covering local news.  
  • Commitment to working in team environment.  
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license and a safe driving record which includes no more than two accidents and/or traffic violations in the past three years.
  • College degree.
  • At least three (3) years of daily newspaper experience preferred.


  • College degree.
  • At least three (3) years of daily newspaper experience preferred.

Email a short introduction and resume to News Editor Adam Lynn at


The Paper

With a history dating to 1883, The News Tribune today is the second largest newspaper in the state of Washington. The signature distinction of The News Tribune is how thoroughly it dominates the local news market of Pierce County in both print and online. Seattle newspapers and television stations and digital media do not come close to The News Tribune's status as the most authoritative source of local news.

The News Tribune excels in its coverage of local breaking news, major league and prep sports, and Washington's statehouse. The paper is particularly noted for its strong sports coverage. Its photography staff is among the best in the region. And to tell the unique story of the South Puget Sound, The News Tribune also provides strong coverage of the military, Port of Tacoma, and outdoor recreation in the Northwest.

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