The Salisbury Post, a newspaper covering the city of Salisbury and Rowan County in North Carolina's Piedmont, is seeking a full-time reporter to cover crime, courts and public safety.
The Salisbury Post is located roughly halfway between Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city, and Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
This reporter's job will be to report on crime news that occurs in our coverage area as well as crime news that occurs elsewhere and is relevant here. The reporter will attend court in person at the Rowan County Courthouse when there are major cases as well as federal courthouses in North Carolina when there are relevant proceedings. The beat also involves reporting on local fire departments and emergency services personnel.
The public safety reporter's job involves a workday that usually starts between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. each day with meetings at the Salisbury Police Department and Rowan County Sheriff's Office and following up on any breaking news that occurred overnight.
Rowan County is home to several small towns, and all reporters at the Post are asked to handle one, which requires attending one government meeting per month as well as other news as it arises, including community events in that town.
The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field, knowledge of AP style, a strong grasp of how to use social media to disseminate news, basic photography skills and familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite. Reporters are asked to write stories and capture photos for daily publication online in addition to our print edition three days per week. A year or more of experience in a professional newsroom is desired, but we will consider promising new graduates as well.