Capital daily needs state reporter

Juneau Empire

Date Posted July 14, 2015
Location Juneau, Alaska
Position Reporter
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable

The Juneau Empire, Alaska’s award-winning Sunday-Friday capital daily, is accepting resumes for the position of state reporter.

The Empire is a 5,000-circulation daily (10,000 daily online readers) in an isolated but close-knit community of 33,000 people nestled in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, a temperate rainforest and the largest in North America. We’ve experienced growth in print and online readership in the last year and need a veteran journalist to help us continue on this path. As Alaska’s capital, Juneau sits at the forefront of state government, and the position will require reporting on Alaska’s multi-million dollar fisheries, billion-dollar oil and gas industry, annual legislative session, and more. This is in no way a typical desk job, however. Candidates also must be willing to travel to remote locations in the Southeast Alaska panhandle where the region’s bears and eagles outnumber its people.


Our ideal candidate will possess strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, produce clean copy with a penchant for nailing down the details, and will be able to build and develop sources in a way that leads to unique articles. We want someone who can be the first to break news online, develop a day two story for print, but won’t drop the ball on investigative and enterprising projects along the way. Experience using social media to promote articles is a must, and photography/videography skills are a desirable bonus. Working comfortably and independently in team settings, proficiency in AP style, and the ability to consistently meet deadline and manage multiple beats are requirements for this position.


Previous experience at a daily newspaper, preferably with experience covering state politics; bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, a related field or equivalent work experience required.


Juneau is a small town with much to offer. To call it an outdoor adventurer’s paradise would be an understatement. Juneau offers hundreds of trail miles through untouched wilderness leading to glaciers, waterfalls and mountain peaks. More than a million people visit Alaska’s capital every summer, many by cruise ship, just for a glimpse of what we call home. Local amenities include the University of Alaska Southeast, a nationally renowned micro-brewery, world class ski resort, highly-acclaimed theatre company and symphony orchestra, and a vibrant arts community.


The Juneau Empire is part of Morris Communications, an industry leader in newspapers and magazines. Morris Communications offers a competitive salary, sign-on bonus, benefits package including health, dental and matching 401(k), paid time off, financial performance incentives and relocation assistance. Learn more about our company at and about us at


Email a cover letter, resume, references, three clips and/or links to a digital portfolio to Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland at Include: “State Reporter” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Finalists will be contacted for a phone interview. The application period closes July 31.

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