Public Safety Reporter

Spartanburg, SC, USA Req #16523
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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The Spartanburg Herald-Journal /, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK,is seeking a watchdog reporter to cover public safety in the city of Spartanburg and Spartanburg County.

Spartanburg is a growing city where over half of its citizensbelong to a racial minority. This is not a cops beat that writes stories straight from press releases. Our reporters are expected to develop community sources especially within under-served communities.

Breaking news, crime and courts will be part of this job, but the way we cover policing, criminal justice and our community must evolve, to hold law enforcement agencies accountable, seek a more nuanced representation of the challenges we face and rebuild trust with neglected communities in Spartanburg. We want our reporters to be out in the communities we cover.
You’ll need to dig deeper, seek a wider perspectiveand cultivate diverse sources. You’ll write about serious crime, scrutinize law enforcement tactics and spotlight social issues, while being sensitive to how our stories affect the people and neighborhoods we cover.

In a competitive news market, the Herald-Journal strives to be the first to inform readers with breaking news and analysis. This reporter is expected to file public records requests and mine data for enterprise storieson the public safety beat. This reporter also works closely with our county governmentand city reporters for story tips and ideas.

Spartanburg is part of the vibrant Upstate of South Carolina. Along with neighboring Greenville, it is the largest metro area in South Carolina. As of 2019 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Spartanburg County is the 19th fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country.

Spartanburg sits halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta. We are 45 minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Coast.


  • Tell stories that accurately inform and engage audiences and helps to build a base of loyal readers and subscribers.

  • Writes stories that address problems in our communities and probes potential solutions, holds law enforcement and government leaders accountable, advocates for the well-being of Spartanburg and the people who live here.

  • Understands the use of metrics and analytics to tailor writing to audience and to encourage readers to subscribe.

  • Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.

  • Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.)

  • Works with editors to evaluate what’s working and what’s not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.

  • Collaborates to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e., Photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.

  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions.


  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience writing investigative or solutions-oriented journalism.

  • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and Snap Chat.

  • Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.

  • Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.

  • Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.

  • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.

  • Able to work occasional nights and weekends.

  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.

  • Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.

  1. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.

  1. Links to 5-10 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

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  • Job Family UNION
  • Job Function Marketing Solutions
  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Spartanburg, SC, USA