Breaking News and Public Safety Reporter

News Raleigh, NC


The News & Observer in the vibrant city of Raleigh, N.C., is looking for a smart, energetic journalist to discover and cover breaking news and public safety issues across the region.

Breaking News and Public Safety Reporter Responsibilities:

  • Find great stories that are fast-moving and highly readable. 

  • Cover public safety issues aggressively and mine crime and criminal justice beats for exclusive and enterprising stories

  • Use social media platforms to help distribute and highlight work

  • Use SEO smartly and strategically; understanding other audience growth processes

  • Understand and use audience metrics to help increase readership

  • Write quickly and often.

  • Shoot photos and video when needed. 

  • Skillfully use content management systems

  • Use data and research to inform reporting


  • College degree required. 

  • Reporters with a year or more of successful breaking news experience will be most comfortable in this role.  

  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics

  • An intuitive sense of what’s important and interesting to audiences on all platforms

  • A deep curiosity and high energy

  • The ability to write quickly, accurately and engagingly on a wide variety of topics.

  • A commitment to diverse coverage through community engagement and source building.

  • A collaborative work ethic and the ability to communicate easily with people around the office and across the company

  • Proficient knowledge of technology including content management systems and storytelling tools

  • Ability to quickly and accurately research and verify the authenticity of information, sources, photos and video. 

  • Must have reliable transportation. 

  • Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).

To Apply: Please include a cover letter, references, and links to writing samples. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2021.


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.