Community Reporter

Newton, IA

The Newton Daily News is seeking a community reporter to join its award-winning family of weekly newspapers.

The community reporter's primary responsibility will be covering city councils, school boards and events in the small-town and rural communities of Jasper County.

The position is more than just taking photographs from the local bake sale.  The small towns of Jasper County are uniquely positioned within 20 to 25 minutes from the greater Des Moines metro area, resulting in housing and business growth uncommon for most of small-town America.

We're looking for a creative writer comfortable covering a city council meeting as well as writing complex enterprise stories and engaging features.

The community reporter will also have the opportunity to write for the Newton Daily News and its variety of niche pubs and magazines.

The preferred candidate will have a bachelor's degree in journalism or related field, and at least 1 year of deadline-driven reporting experience in a daily newsroom. Solid internship experience in a daily newsroom will be considered.

Must be disciplined with meeting short and long-term deadlines, proficient in AP Style, able to shoot their own photos and video.  Experience with Adobe, InDesign, and Photoshop is a plus.  The position requires occasional night and weekend assignments.

Must have a valid drivers license, dependable transportation and proof of insurance.

About Shaw Media:
Shaw Media publishes over 150 titles in Illinois and Iowa. Its holdings include websites, newspapers, magazines, Pro Football Weekly, a video production unit and a digital marketing services division. Founded in Dixon, Illinois, Shaw Media has been privately owned by the Shaw family since its inception in 1851.

Enjoy the Rewards of Working Among the Best:
In return for your contributions to our success, Shaw Media offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and 401(k) with company match.

Apply Today.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter explaining your journalism credentials and philosophy, along with a resume and clips or link to online portfolio.

Or mail it to us at:
Newton Daily News - Weeklies Editor
Community Reporter
P O Box 967
Newton, IA  50208

Shaw Media is a Drug-Free Employer.  Pre-employment background check and drug screen required.
This posting may not include all duties of the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer.


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