General Assignment Reporter
|ndustry||Newspapers / Wires|
|Required Education||Bachelor's Degree|
|Salary||$45,000 to $50,000|
If you cover a dynamic community like Walla Walla, Washington, you become part of the place.
You cover the people who live here. You write about their daily lives. You articulate the challenges they face, documenting their victories and losses.
If that’s how you cover a community, you belong at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.
The Union-Bulletin needs a general assignment reporter with an emphasis on business coverage. That’s part of the job description, anyway.
What you’re actually covering is a vibrant community of about 34,000 people. Altogether, the county’s population is roughly 63,000.
You need to engage people, learn what’s important to them, and use that knowledge to drive your journalism.
A few specifics about the job:
• This job is about living, breathing people and how government affects their lives. People want to know if their neighborhoods are safe, if they can find jobs and if their tax money is being spent responsibly.
• That means you’ll be doing a lot of enterprise stories, which could involve any number of issues.
• And, since this is a collaborative newsroom, you’ll need to throw yourself into conversations and projects that involve journalists who share your same commitment to this community.
• A bachelor’s degree in journalism and newsroom experience, preferably in a coverage area that sets you up to cover economic issues.
• Social media and multimedia skills.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Most Washington newsrooms in communities of this size have staffs of 5 or 6. We have a staff of 13, and our plan is to grow significantly over the next two to three years. We publish eEditions every day of the year and print editions three days a week. The U-B launched a redesigned website and an app earlier this year.
Walla Walla is in southeast Washington. It’s the center of one of the world’s great wine regions. So, as you might guess, the food, wine and beer scene make for a vibrant downtown, and there’s a thriving arts community. Set in the Blue Mountains region, it’s a great place for anyone who loves the outdoors. And if you enjoy big cities, Seattle and Portland are both about four hours away.
To help you make the move, we'll pay a $5,000 relocation bonus.
The Union-Bulletin is part of the Seattle Times Co., a family-owned company committed to journalistic excellence. The Blethen family believes that decisions about the U-B are best made by the people who live and work in Walla Walla.
The Seattle Times Co. values diversity in the workplace as well as in our news coverage. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin is an equal opportunity employer.