General Newspaper Reporter (Enumclaw, WA)

The Enumclaw Courier-Herald, 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 Enumclaw office. The primary coverage will be city government, business, sports, general assignment stories; and may include arts coverage. 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 by-line 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 web site;
• blog and use Twitter on the web;
• layout pages, using InDesign;
• shoot and edit videos for the web.

We are looking for a team player willing to get involved in the local business community through the publication of the monthly journal and daily web journalism. The ideal applicant will have a general understanding of local commerce and industry, education, employment, and labor issues, real estate and development, and related public policy. He or she 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, layout, and design using Adobe InDesign; and 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.

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 too:  ATTN: ECH 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!