The Washington Evening Journal is searching for its next rising star reporter to cover stories in two southeast Iowa communities: Washington and Mount Pleasant. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, motivated and a self-starter willing to work together as a team to produce exciting print and digital news products. You’ll cover a wide variety of topics, from government meetings to community celebrations throughout Southeast Iowa. We are a part of a progressive employee-owned print and digital media company including our afternoon daily publications in Mt Pleasant, Fairfield and Washington, IA, as well as our parent company, The Gazette in Cedar Rapids.
Our ideal candidate will be someone who is curious about our communities and residents and is as comfortable covering a city meeting as you are writing a great feature or diving into an in-depth story. You’re able to work on multiple stories simultaneously and can jump between projects easily.
We’re looking for a candidate that has solid news judgment and is someone that finds themselves asking why or how, in addition to just telling readers what. You should be comfortable shooting video and still pictures and able to write a good cutline. Some prior layout experience is a plus.
You’ll be thinking about engaging with the audience through digital channels and be thinking how to present news and connect to the audience in an ever-changing media landscape. You should enjoy trying new things.
This is a full-time position with benefits including health, dental, vision, 401k and participation in the employee stock ownership program. You should have an undergraduate degree in journalism, English, communications or a related course of study. You’ll need a valid driver’s license and history of safe driving habits.
Please apply online at www.washjrnl.com/careers
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