Enterprise Reporter

News Raleigh, NC


The News & Observer is hiring an in-depth reporter who uses the tools of literature and investigative reporting to write magazine-style stories that will appear across all of our platforms. We’re looking for a journalist who can toggle between the deeply reported pieces that help set the agenda in NC and quick-turn narratives during big breaking news events. 

Expertise in a particular subject area is not required, but the successful candidate will have a clear understanding of what’s important to local readers, preferably earned by working as a takeout, investigative or beat reporter at a local news outlet. This journalist will bring a multi-platform mindset to each assignment, delivering must-read stories that help connect our print readers to our dynamic eEdition, apps and website. Experience on a rewrite desk is also a plus.

The Enterprise Reporter will report to The News & Observer’s planning and enterprise editor.


  • A fresh writing style, with an engaging, sharp and conversational voice.
  • Ability to build source networks and bring a constant flow of story ideas.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to aggressively tackle stories.
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.
  • Regularly write news and enterprise stories that are clear, accurate, engaging and of high interest and relevance to local readers.
  • Ability to develop stories that reflect diverse communities and to frame stories from the perspective of those affected by policies and powerful interests.
  • Work with editors to assure that stories are complete, fair and in context. 
  • Handle deadline demands on breaking news when appropriate.
  • Use audience metrics to help determine which stories are resonating with readers and which are not. Work with editors to mine this data for takeaways about how we can build our audience.
  • Produce basic video and photos in the field. Work with visuals team to add more sophisticated visuals as a fundamental storytelling tool.
  • Write and report on a continuous news cycle, publishing to digital platforms as well as print.
  • Use judgment in determining best digital tools for conveying news to readers in varying circumstances and formats
  • Use social networks to seek story ideas, report in real time and connect with the community.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Vehicle insurance required - at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Command of grammar, spelling, AP style, as well as the ability to write clearly.
  • Strong news judgment.
  • Ability to learn both the art and science of readership and engagement.
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to take and give constructive criticism.
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.
  • Skill at developing source networks on a beat.
  • Ability to write well-organized news and enterprise stories.
  • Ability to learn how to obtain, sort and analyze public documents
  • Commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.
  • Fundamental understanding of research tools.
  • Develop ability to report, analyze, interpret and write with speed.
  • Develop ability to write in different styles, voices and formats.
  • Passion for the written word as well as video, audio and motion graphics.
  • Enthusiasm for experimenting and iterating, quickly and often.
  • Strong collaborative instincts and a love of teamwork.
  • Data reporting experience and ability to work with data visualization tools is a plus.


  • College degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of reporting experience, preferably on local issues.

To Apply:  Please include samples of your work or a link to your portfolio.


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.