Accountability Reporter

News Columbus, GA


The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia, is looking for a strong reporter who can hold officials accountable and pursue investigations crucial to our community’s future. 

From following the money to open records requests and everything in between, this reporter will identify stories that our communities need or want to know about, and tell the news in an engaging way. We also want this reporter to dive deeper into the inequalities and inequities some populations within Columbus face.

You must understand the need for well-researched reporting that hones in on why that story matters to Columbus residents. Finding a big news story isn’t everything -- delivering it to readers in a way that helps them gain a deeper understanding of a topic is crucial for this beat’s success. In addition to enterprise reporting, this position requires regular beat reporting that keeps up with the pace of the news cycle and readers’ needs.

This reporter will be expected to produce at least two to three shorter stories per week and one piece of in-depth and/or investigative reporting every month. 

This position will likely work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend, night and/or holiday work is expected of staff members on rare occurrences. 


  • At least two years of reporting experience.
  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment;
  • Solid journalism ethics;
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and high energy;   
  • Understanding of open records laws and the ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work;
  • Capable of managing multiple stories at once;
  • Ability to engage with readers and develop sources on social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter;
  • Understanding of SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital;
  • Ability to identify audiences for selected stories;
  • A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company;
  • 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).
  • 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 work samples or a link to your online portfolio. 


The Enquirer, which later merged with The Ledger, was founded in 1828, the same year the city of Columbus was incorporated. As the city has grown into the vibrant place to live and work that it is today, so has the media company that started out with it. Providing 24/7 news coverage across mobile, desktop and printed products, the Ledger-Enquirer is committed to being the Chattahoochee Valley's primary source of news, advertising and information. Columbus itself is Georgia’s third largest city, and the Ledger-Enquirer is telling the story of its growth. Nearby Fort Benning, home of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, is the area’s largest employer.



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.