The Hill Country News, an award-winning media company in northwest suburban Austin, has an immediate opening for a news reporter.
Our market includes the fast-growing cities of Cedar Park and Leander along with portions of Austin, Round Rock, Jonestown and Lago Vista. We are home to the Leander Independent School District, consistently rated among the best in the state. The shores of Lake Travis are just 20 minutes away. Downtown Austin is just 30 miles and accessible by MetroRail. We're close enough for all the conveniences offered by a city that's consistently rated among the best places to live in the U.S., but we're also far enough away to avoid most of the traffic snarls frequently associated with Austin.
We publish include a weekly print newspaper and related website as well as a variety of magazine products from bridal to sports and lifestyles publications.
This position will be expected to cover a wide range of news and feature stories ranging from local government, schools and community events. Should have a strong interest in community reporting a passion for telling engaging stories.
Candidates must have journalism education or training. Some some newspaper experience (college newspaper or internships are acceptable) is strongly preferred. Must be comfortable conducting in-person and phone interviews, be well-versed in AP style, and have basic photography and photo editing skills. Must also be social media savvy, as this position will be expected to attract a broad audience and drive engagement with our work through creative and consistent use of social media.
Must be able to meet deadlines and turn quality stories around quickly. Must have reliable transportation and a valid drivers license and auto insurance. The qualified candidate will be an organized, motivated self-starter looking to make a difference in a growing community. This position also offers an opportunity for advancement both in-house and within our group.
Our group of newspapers shares a creative design team housed in our Cedar Park office. Our newsroom staff is not responsible for page layout, but candidates should have a keen eye for producing visually appealing stories with a modern balance of copy and visual elements. Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as computer skills including sharing/collaborating via Google Apps products is a requirement.
The Hill Country News is part of Fenice Community Media, a progressive group of Texas community newspapers that prefers to promote from within. Full-time positions offer medical and dental insurance and a generous Paid Time Off plan. If you meet the above qualifications and are ready for the challenge, apply using the link below. Make sure to include your resume, cover letter outlining any relevant education and experience, as well as salary requirements. Please provide copies of (or links to) relevant writing samples.
Apply directly at: https://fenicecommunitymedia.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=51&source=tpa