Journalist

Appalachian Newspapers Inc.   Pikeville, KY   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on March 25, 2024
The Appalachian News-Express is seeking candidates for the position of Journalist.
 
The ideal candidate will be a motivated and driven individual with a firm understanding of basic journalistic principles, as well as a heart for community journalism. While staff writers are assigned stories and carry beats, they are also expected to seek stories outside their normal realms of coverage, including feature and enterprise stories. 
 
Responsibilities
  • Conduct research to uncover interesting and significant news
  • Gather, corroborate, and interpret data
  • Interview key persons (witnesses, sources, etc.) to obtain more information
  • Verifying statements and facts
  • Use findings to construct a well-written article
  • Retain awareness of the readers’ point of view
  • Obtain first-hand information by being present in happenings
  • Receive assignments or investigate news leads/tips
  • Comply with the moral code of the profession
  • Maintain notes and audio recordings
  • Partner with other journalists, editors, producers, etc
  • Establish contacts and sources for use in future research
  • Keep abreast of developments by studying papers, attending events, etc.
  • Proofreading
  • Liaising with editors, sub-editors, designers, and photographers

Key Skills

  • Enthusiasm
  • Determination
  • Confidence
  • Perseverance
  • Excellent oral or written skills
  • Interpersonal skills
 
Some photography and video skills are a plus, and experience with Mac computers and software such as Adobe Creative applications and communication/planning tools such as Slack, Zoom, Asana, and others is helpful.
 
Starting pay is negotiable, dependent upon education and experience, and benefits include available health insurance and paid time off.
 
Appalachian Newspapers Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.