Breaking News Reporter

Crystal Lake, IL

Breaking news reporter sought in Crystal Lake!

Shaw Media's suburban group is seeking a top-notch breaking news reporter to join the news staff of the Northwest Herald, our flagship daily. The reporter will be based in Crystal Lake and will work at Shaw Media’s premier daily newspaper and website (, part of the Shaw Media Illinois network.

The McHenry County area is a competitive news market with plenty of opportunities to cover everything from breaking news to local government and taxation. The reporter will be expected to work both nights and weekends, covering everything from breaking news to meetings, community events and more. It’s a fast-paced role that will require turning around stories quickly and accurately while reporting from all around the area. Our reporters are expected to generate their own story ideas and field assignments from editors, and use anayltics to determine the stories that generate the most interest from our audience. Our focus is local news, local people and local events. We cover the communities in our market better than anyone.

About This Opportunity:
The ideal applicant will be someone who can tell the stories that help our readers understand why these events and people are important to their lives. Ability to shoot photographs and video when necessary is needed, as is an understanding of the importance of social media and mobile in serving our audience.


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.


Ours is a company with ambitious goals and an eye to the future. If you'd like to join us, please apply. Please forward a cover letter that explains your journalism credentials and philosophy, along with a résumé to:

Online: Apply Now! (located below)


Shaw Media - Human Resources
Attn: Breaking News Reporter
P.O. Box 250,
Crystal Lake, IL 60039

Pre-employment drug screen, motor vehicle record check, and background check required. 
Shaw Media is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.
This posting may not include all duties of the position.


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