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The Greenville News, the USA TODAY Network South Carolina and the USA TODAY Network are looking for an experienced reporter to do investigative and topical reporting throughout the state of South Carolina.
The ideal candidate would be an independent worker who can find big stories then report them with detail and care and write them in a way that is compelling to a wide audience that is interested in news from throughout South Carolina.
This is not a Statehouse reporter – we already have one of those. This is a reporter who might cover a crime saga one week, dig into a local government scandal the next then tell the story of environmental impacts of climate change in the Lowcountry the week after that. There also will be project-based reporting and deep dives that might be your focus for extended periods of time.
Ideally, this reporter would be based in South Carolina’s Midlands, where every corner of the state is accessible in a couple hours’ drive, but we’re willing to talk about other alternatives in the state.
The USA TODAY Network and The Greenville News value investigative reporting and have a history of investigative reporting with impact. This reporter will play a key role in continuing that tradition.
To that end, we want an individual who is relentless in their pursuit of truth, who is compassionate toward the people and communities we cover, and who understands that journalism is mission work that can change communities and empower the people around us, and that work of that importance sometimes breaks out of the boundaries of a 9-to-5.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism or related field.
- At least two years reporting experience as a reporter, with investigative reporting experience preferred
- Experience navigating data and public records and finding compelling, people-driven stories in the documents
- Experience telling personality-based stories about complex issues
- Strong writing skills and the ability to self-edit and produce clean copy
- An aggressive spirit and a willingness to doggedly ask difficult questions
- An ability to connect with people in the community in a way that, first and foremost, builds relationships and trust and, second, encourages them to tell their stories
- Sound news judgment
- A knowledge of AP style and a sound ethical approach to journalism
- The ability to work some nights and weekends for a newsroom that also tries to foster work-life balance in a career that often demands flexible scheduling
- Job Family Frontline Journalists
- Job Function Consumer
- Pay Type Hourly
- Greenville, SC, USA
- South Carolina, USA