Award-winning magazine, newspapers and web sites in Alabama’s most prosperous and fastest-growing county seeks an experienced reporter. We practice all-local, community journalism at its finest. This position includes beat and general assignment reporting and photography. Quality of life here is as good as it gets and opportunity for advancement — with our company and others — nearly limitless. This full-time opportunity offers more than competitive salary and benefits. Please send non-returnable resume with clips of stories and other examples of your work to Alan Brown, publisher, Madison Publications LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southeast Sun, an award-winning weekly in Southeast Alabama, is looking for a staff reporter. Applicants must possess good writing, photography and time management skills. Experience preferred. Layout skills a plus. Competitive salary plus benefits. Send applications with cover letter, resume and references to:
P.O. Box 311546,
Enterprise, AL 36331
The Magee Courier/Simpson County News is seeking the right candidate to join our staff as a general assignment reporter. Experience is not required however candidate should have school training in journalism. Candidate must have excellent writing skills and computer knowledge. This position will include covering city and county government, sports, law enforcement as well as other news assignments. Compensation in the low to mid 20’s based on experience. We offer paid vacation, holidays, insurance benefits and 401K. For more information please send resume to email@example.com EOE M/F
WEB PRESSMAN wanted for small group of publications in SE Alabama. Good mechanical skills and experience with quality color work are necessary. Goss Community press. Send resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
EDITOR/REPORTER sought for quality weekly in SE Alabama. Must be a good community journalist, with InDesign and Photoshop skills. A knack for producing snappy pages and shooting award-winning pictures would be most coveted by the owners. Send resume and salary requirements to email@example.com
The Gadsden Times is looking to hire a Full Time SPORTS CLERK.
This position is focused on gathering and writing/presenting news and information to a variety of audiences. The position also encompasses desk work, including page production using InDesign.
This role reports to a content editor in the newsroom. It is an entry- to mid-level newsgathering position. This position works closely with editors, photographers and others responsible for the presentation of news in print and online.
Principal Functions Essential to the Job:
Writes stories for print and use on multimedia platforms:
• Chooses appropriate media platform and format, with editor input, to best tell the story.
• Organizes, describes and conveys appropriate information to ensure audience understanding.
• Uses various story-telling methods, such as narrative, inverted pyramid, etc.
Examines work for accuracy, fairness and balance; makes corrections quickly:
• Works to ensure quality and completeness of work; corrects poor quality work or inaccuracies as needed.
• Reviews work for accuracy, fairness, balance and context.
• Takes responsibility for bringing errors to editors’ attention immediately.
Uses a variety of resources to research and analyze information for stories:
• Determines and generates accurate data and quickly spot trends, issues, problems and opportunities.
• Finds answers to specific questions to build deep knowledge of beat or coverage area.
• Uses research and data analysis to make decisions or recommended actions.
• Gathers and applies information efficiently and effectively for longer stories and on deadline.
Builds long-term relationship with community:
• Anticipates community/audience needs.
• Builds strategic relationships with a diverse group of sources by acting with integrity, keeping commitments, openly exchanging information and treating others with respect.
• Initiates and participates in audience feedback systems and responds quickly to external feedback and communications.
Resilient contributor who overcomes obstacles and persists to achieves goals:
• Plans and manages resources effectively and on schedule despite distractions or other obstacles.
• Adjusts quickly when faced with changes in work responsibilities, processes or environment.
• Maintains performance when facing pressure, opposition or deadline.
Seeks diverse learning opportunities and uses work challenges as opportunities to try new learning and innovative solutions:
• Continuously ready to learn and apply new technology.
• Proactively applies new knowledge and skill in unique ways to address work problems and opportunities.
Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred
Knowledge and Skills:
Reporters must have a full slate of capabilities, able to write for a variety of platforms. Must be able to:
• Construct concise and coherent sentences/paragraphs/stories using proper spelling, grammar and style.
• Write stories that contain a beginning, middle and end, as well as a nut graph, when written for print. Stories written for other mediums should be adapted to fit the style of that medium, written clearly and concisely.
• Organize stories in a manner to make it easy for readers to understand and digest.
• Write quickly to meet daily deadlines.
• Reporting should be accurate, fair and balanced, including the basics and advanced material to make each story easy to read yet complete.
• Stories should include multiple sources, especially those on all sides of a controversial issue.
• When possible, outside sources should be used to bring an unbiased point of view. Must be inquisitive, asking the follow-up questions during interviews.
Beat Development – Source Building
• Must be able to develop sources critical to understanding information obtained during daily coverage of your beat.
• Must be able to reach sources that are willing to help 24/7.
• Must be able to develop sources that will lead you to unpopular stories, as well as provide information for such stories.
• Must be able to develop credible sources at institutions and organizations nationwide, using the Internet and source networks when appropriate, who can lend an outside voice when needed.
• Must be familiar with the issues on your beat and how to cover them.
• Must develop expertise on areas critical to your beat (medical/electric/police/science/etc.) so you can explain them clearly and concisely to your audience.
• Must know the stakeholders involved in each story you write.
Technology – multiple platforms
• Must be able to use Social Media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter); must know which platforms to use when, such as for breaking news, to promote your work, etc.
• Must have the ability to shoot video and/or still photographs.
• Must be able to post to all such platforms, making sure copy is accurate, fair and balanced, and free of spelling or grammatical errors.
• Recognizes significant facts, details or developments on the beat that are important, revelatory and previously unreported.
• Seizes on newsworthy elements and relentlessly pursues ways to break news to the public
• Must understand that journalists are held to a higher standard and must follow strict ethical rules, such as not accepting gifts from sources; not putting political bumper stickers on their cars; etc – all outlined in The Gadsden Times’ ethical policies.
• If unsure about any policies, must ask for clarification from the top editor at the newspaper.
• Represents the newsroom on intra-company teams or projects, presents to community organizations or news industry meetings within the state or region.
Resume can be sent to:
Or mailed to:
The Gadsden Times
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 188
Gadsden, Al, 35902
No phone calls accepted. The Gadsden Times is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.
The Tuscaloosa News is seeking a general assignment reporter. We are looking for an energetic, self-starter who can produce six to seven stories a week for print and the web, as well as occasional in-depth feature and investigative pieces. This reporter must possess excellent writing skills, including the ability to write clearly and accurately under deadline pressure, be adept with social media and be willing to work nights and weekends. We are looking for someone, as well, who is committed to our role as government watchdog. Assignments could involve traveling anywhere within our 10-county coverage area in west-central Alabama, or beyond, so a driver’s license, reliable transportation and automobile insurance would be required. At least two to three years of daily newspaper experience is preferred, but we will consider recent college graduates with strong internship or college newspaper experience, or others with commensurate experience in journalism. Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, Stillman College and Shelton State Community College, and its economy has consistently out-performed state and national averages. Send cover letter, resume and your best clips to City Editor Ken Roberts, The Tuscaloosa News, P.O. Box 20587, Tuscaloosa, AL 35402-0587 or firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please. Drug-free workplace – EOE.
The Birmingham Business Journal is seeking a reporter who is able to marry strong traditional journalism skills – source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how. Whatever the platform, reporters will produce content – original and curated – that is accompanied by perspective and context. Beat available at this time is health care and technology.
Duties: The top mission: to own audience, by every measure. A BBJ reporter is expected to contribute both short-form (daily online posts) and long-form (print) stories to our news products. Scoops matter. A lot. Specifically reporters will be expected to own their beat audience and conversation; use networking events, Twitter, LinkedIn and other community-building outlets to expand and fortify their source pool and audience; work collaboratively with other newsroom staffers to maximize impact and accessibility of stories reported; and meet or exceed goals related to audience engagement.
Proven ability in reporting and writing
Ability to work independently and remotely
Ability to break news and to identify newsworthy events and sources
Strong analytical and investigative interviewing skills
Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person and online, and to develop sources and audience
Competitive, collaborative, curious
Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors
Experience: Minimum of 2 years of journalism experience; Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience; Knowledge of business, and/or business community, a plus. Experience with using social media to source and promote content also a plus
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
For more information, contact Editor Cindy F. Crawford at email@example.com or (205) 443-5631.
Immediate Opening for PRESSMAN for six-unit Goss Community Press in Centreville, AL. Responsible for printing three weekly newspaper one day per week.
Send resumé to: Lorrie Bean at Centreville Press, PO Box 127, Centreville, AL 35042; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: 205.926.9760
Shelby County Newspapers, Inc., a group of award-winning newspapers, magazines and websites in Alabama’s most prosperous and fastest-growing county, is seeking news, sports and magazine interns for the summer 2014 and fall 2014 semesters.
Our products include:
The Shelby County Reporter, a weekly newspaper with a daily online focus. The Reporter is published every Wednesday and updated online throughout the day every day. The Reporter has won the Alabama Press Association’s top editorial award in its category for the last seven years.
The Alabaster Reporter and the Pelham Reporter both publish every Wednesday and are updated online daily.
Shelby Living, an award-winning lifestyles magazine that serves Shelby County, and Hoover’s Magazine, a similar magazine that serves the city of Hoover.
Shelby County Newspapers offers a rigorous internship program with paid and unpaid editorial internships. Interns should be based in the Birmingham metro area and will spend time in the editorial, advertising, design and production departments. They will write multiple stories a week and take their own photos.
To apply: Email résumé and writing samples to Managing Editor Katie McDowell at Katie.email@example.com or call 205-669-3131, ext. 24.