General Reporter (Oak Harbor, WA)

The award-winning weekly newspaper, Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record, in beautiful Oak Harbor, WA, has an opening for a general assignment reporter. We want a skilled and passionate writer who isn’t afraid to tackle meaty news stories. Experience with photography and Adobe InDesign preferred. Applicants must be able to work in a team-oriented, deadline-driven environment, possess excellent writing skills, have a knowledge of community news, and be able to write about multiple topics.

The ideal candidate is comfortable writing hard news and features, both long-form and short. Weekly or daily newspaper experience is preferred, though time worked on student publications and internships will be considered. Must be comfortable using a smartphone in the field to take photos and shoot video.

Position requires:

  • 1-2 years experience as a newspaper reporter
  • 4-year college degree in Communication, Journalism, English, or equivalent journalism experience
  • Familiarity with AP Style
  • Use of personal vehicle, possession of valid WA State Driver’s License, and proof of active vehicle insurance
  • Job involves pagination, including knowledge of digital photography and Adobe InDesign, in addition to Web page management. The ideal candidate must:
  • be organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented, efficient, well organized, and possess excellent multitasking skills;
  • be a self-starter but team-oriented with lots of flexibility;
  • possess excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills;
  • have strong writing and layout skills;
  • be exceptional with the public and willing to get involved in community activities.

This is a full-time position that includes excellent benefits: medical, dental, life insurance, 401k, paid vacation, sick, and holidays. EOE. No calls, please. Send resume with cover letter, and three or more non-returnable clips in PDF or Text format to, ensuring they demonstrate:

  • Stories you’ve done that were important to your community.
  • Your ability to cover a beat in a reliable, productive, and timely fashion.
  • Sufficient bandwidth to file developing versions of the same story to the web and print in a single news cycle.
  • A knack for developing enterprise reports that are both substantive and interesting.
  • Skills you possess that will strengthen our digital storytelling — audio, visuals, mapping, graphic, data, and others.
  • Writing that is clean, clear, and engaging — qualities that indicate you could help edit your colleagues’ stories.
  • Please send web links along with any print samples you submit.

Please include in the subject line ATTN: GenRep – WNT Reporter.

Sound Publishing,, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.