The Sumter Item is looking for an energetic multimedia journalist committed to helping our staff reinvent local media in Sumter and the surrounding region. The ideal journalist is multi-talented, with the proven ability to write, shoot a video, host a podcast and pitch ideas to move our region's news coverage forward.
Our newsroom strives to tell stories our community needs and wants to consume, and part of that is accurately representing those communities. We received a grant from Facebook to help us evolve, to help us expand our coverage into previously underrepresented communities in our coverage area and grow our audience across geographic, generational and racial lines. This reporter will help us do that.
The Sumter Item was named one of America's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" by Editor & Publisher magazine for 2019 and one of three finalists for the nation's Mega-Innovation Award for newspapers in 2020.
The journalist will join our growing multimedia team that is revolutionizing local content through both print and online programming. The applicant will be eager to pitch story ideas and collaborate with other staff to produce engaging written and multimedia content. The ideal candidate will enjoy experimenting with new ways to tell stories through print, video, social, podcasts and digital media. The position may involve evening and/or weekend work. Any experience with Adobe InDesign, graphic design and/or the Adobe Production Suite is preferred.
The Sumter Item is located in the heart of downtown Sumter within walking distance to numerous shops and restaurants. Offering a variety of local events throughout the year, Sumter is also a quick drive to South Carolina’s coastal and entertainment destinations.
In addition to the more than 100,000 residents of Sumter County, The Sumter Item also covers and delivers to the nearby counties of Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw counties. As a 125-year-old family-owned organization, it is the oldest newspaper of its kind in the state, boasting a creative flexibility rare to local media organizations. The parent company – Osteen Publishing – also owns newspapers in Alabama, Florida and New Mexico.
The Sumter Item print edition is delivered every Tuesday through Friday, with a Weekend Edition published every Saturday. We also publish a litany of niche, seasonal and annual magazines throughout the community. Additionally, our website – TheItem.com – is the area’s most-visited local media website, and our daily video show, Sumter Today, is the premier local video show in Sumter.
The Sumter Item offers a competitive compensation plan; life, health, dental, disability plans and 401(k) plan, and an opportunity for advancement.
If you think you are the right fit, please send your resume and any example clips to email@example.com.
Requirements & Qualifications
- College Degree required, preferably in the field of Journalism.
- Experience covering local and regional stories ranging from news, entertainment, features, or sports.
- Consistent news judgment for a local audience and an interest in emerging technology.
- Ability to work well with others in a high-pressure, professional environment.
- A desire to take risks and willingness to adapt.
- A positive, collaborative attitude and a strong sense of humor.
- Experience with graphic design, Adobe InDesign or video editing is a plus.
- Experience with innovative forms of multimedia storytelling are all a plus.