General Assignment Reporter (Vashon Island, WA)

The Vashon Beachcomber, a division of Sound Publishing Inc., is seeking a general assignment reporter with a minimum of 1-2 years of writing experience and photography skills. This position is based out of the Vashon Island office. The primary coverage will be city government, business, sports, arts and general assignment stories. The schedule includes evening and/or weekend work.

As a reporter for Sound Publishing, you will be expected to:
• Be inquisitive and resourceful in the coverage of assigned beats;
• Produce 5 bylined stories per week;
• Write stories that are tight and to the point;
• Use a digital camera to take photographs of the stories you cover;
• Post on the publication’s website;
• Blog and use Twitter on the web;
• Shoot and edit videos for the web.

The ideal applicant will have a commitment to community journalism and everything from short, brief-type stories about people and events to examining issues facing the community; be able to spot emerging business issues and trends; write clean, balanced, and accurate stories that dig deeper than simple features; develop and institute readership initiatives.

Candidates must have excellent communication and organizational skills, and be able to work effectively in a deadline-driven environment. Must be proficient with AP style. Must use the publication’s website and online tools to gather information and reach the community. Must be organized and self-motivated, exceptional with the public, and have the ability to establish a rapport with the community.

This is a full-time position.  We offer a competitive hourly wage and benefits package including health insurance, paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays), and 401K (currently with an employer match.)

Email us your cover letter, resume, and include five examples of your best work showcasing your reporting skills and writing chops to:  ATTN: VMB Reporter.

Sound Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace. Check out our website to find out more about us!