Reporters are at the heart of what our primary publication, the Western Wayne News, is and does. Through their network of connections and engagement with the community, they pursue the stories, interviews and research that help our readers better understand Wayne County and what’s happening here.

In the years ahead we hope to grow our writing staff to cover a number of different beats and focus areas, including education, health and healthcare, business, the arts, government and politics, and others. This position can be adapted based on a successful candidate’s areas of interest and expertise.

Reporter responsibilities could include:

  • Participating in the story planning and budgeting process.
  • Report and write short-form and long-form stories ranging from breaking news and daily stories for our website to in-depth pieces for the weekly print edition, to stories for occasional special publications.
  • Develop sources and manage relationships with community leaders and residents connected to your beat.
  • Edit stories for accuracy, clarity, completeness, objectivity, grammar, spelling, organization, readability and style.
  • Coordinate with photographers, editors and other reporters to ensure consistency and accuracy.

An ideal reporter has:

  • At least one year of experience reporting in a newsroom with a track record of building, maintaining and engaging an audience in print and online.
  • Strong knowledge of AP style.
  • Sound news judgment.
  • Keen eye for errors of style and substance.
  • Desire and ability to break news along with strong analytical and investigative-interviewing skills.
  • The ability to stay organized and work independently and efficiently, while also enjoying collaboration within a small team.
  • Comfort with using software tools that aid in the writing, editing, layout and publishing process.

This could be a full- or part-time position, contract or salaried employment. Compensation would be based on qualifications and experience.

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