Business and Housing Reporter

Lee Enterprises Inc   Longview, WA   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on November 3, 2023
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The Longview Daily news in Southwest Washington is seeking a curious, multitasking reporter who is also a storyteller for a housing and business reporting position that may include some general assignment stories.

The position is part of an upbeat, collaborative newsroom and offers the opportunity to produce content for print and online on a wide variety of topics at a paper that values enterprise and watchdog reporting as well as narrative storytelling.

We're located about 45 minutes north of Portland, Oregon and two hours south of Seattle. Love nature? The Columbia River gorge is about an hour south of Longview, the Pacific Ocean is a one-hour drive to the west and Mount St. Helens and surrounding lakes and mountains are an hour east.

When Mount St. Helens blew its top 40 years ago, The Daily News was there, and was honored with a Pulitzer Prize and other awards for our coverage.

Position Responsibilities
  • Receives assignments and evaluates leads or tips to develop story ideas
  • Gathers information for news stories through interviews, coverage of meetings and events, reading documents and other independent research
  • Updates stories as news develops
  • Writes a wide range of news stories for print and digital publication
  • Analyzes information obtained for news sources
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with trusted sources and members of the community
  • Takes pictures and video of events as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Skill in active listening to understand what other people are saying, to gather accurate information, to understand points being made and asking questions as appropriate
  • Skill in critical thinking by using logic and reasoning to identify pertinent information needed to develop stories and judgement to determine newsworthy stories for intended audience
  • Skill in writing AP style and in attention to detail
  • Skill in developing compelling ledes and clear organization of stories
  • Knowledge of structure of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar
  • Knowledge of communication and dissemination techniques and methods including alternative ways to inform via written, oral and visual media
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
  • Ability to communicate information in writing and speaking so that others will understand you
  • Ability to work independently and as a team; ability to work under deadlines
Education & Experience
  • Prior reporting experience is preferred, but a top-notch recent graduate could also qualify
Pay: $19.00-$20.00/HR

Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 74 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 34 million digital unique visitors.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at .

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply at and search for Longview.