Service Journalism Reporter

News Bellingham, WA


McClatchy is looking for a collaborative, reader-focused reporter for our Northwest service journalism team, whose mission is to help local readers navigate life and the news.
This service journalist will report and write to answer reader questions, dig into local curiosities and issues, use engagement tools like Google Trends to surface high-interest topics, and contribute to projects and breaking news events.
This reporter must be ready to move with agility when the news demands. The successful candidate for this position will be able to take assignments and cultivate and pitch ideas. As such, this reporter must have good time management skills and be organized, with the ability to work independently.
Experience with audience growth and engagement tactics such as headline writing and SEO is a must. Expertise in a particular subject area is not required, but the successful candidate will bring a deep understanding of what’s important to local readers, preferably earned by working as part of a local news outlet.
The Northwest service desk works as a team to write across newsrooms: The Bellingham Herald, The News Tribune in Tacoma, The Olympian, the Tri-City Herald and the Idaho Statesman. 
This position will be based in the Bellingham, Washington, area and serve as the team’s primary service journalist for that newsroom. The reporter in this role will report to the regional Northwest service journalism team editor.

The anticipated base pay range for this position is between $21.64 and $26.45 per hour.  Individual base pay may vary within that range depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, relevant education, training, geography and local wage and hours laws.  

In this role, you will need to:

  • Have strong writing and reporting skills, as well as excellent news judgment and journalism ethics.
  • Think about our audiences first and always, with a commitment to tactics that grow readership.
  • Have a passion for the written word as well as video, audio and motion graphics
  • Demonstrate speed, competitiveness and SEO savvy through aggregating and storytelling tools.
  • Work well in a team environment. 
  • Data reporting experience is a plus.
  • Must have reliable transportation. Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).

Education & experience:

  • College degree or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 1-3 years of reporting experience.
  • Bi-lingual preferred

When applying, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and four to six examples of your best work.

McClatchy’s service journalism teams focus on listening to and serving our local readers with need-to-know information in an accessible approach that includes explainers, Q&As and fact checks. These teams write stories that help our readers understand the news as well as have fun and live their best lives in their communities.

What we’ll bring: As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on well-being and daily life, our package options include healthcare coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends. Our overall benefits package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. For more information on McClatchy's benefit plan, please visit  

About McClatchy: Our impact is growing every day. We have 30 growing news markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 56 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger. As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of an exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth — a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.


McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.