County Government Reporter

News Myrtle Beach, SC


The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, SC, is seeking an aggressive journalist who can deliver exclusive reporting on city government. We seek a strong journalist who excels at watchdog and accountability reporting and can handle in-depth work and research as well as breaking news. 

We are seeking a journalist with a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics. All journalists at The Sun News must demonstrate the desire and skills to build audience loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism.

Myrtle Beach offers a tremendous quality of life, a place with never-ending things to do, high energy and sand for as far as you can see.

Minimum requirements:

  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to reach audiences
  • Fluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of how to use analytics such as page views, time on site, referral sources and “shares and likes” to help determine which stories resonate with which audiences
  • A demonstrated ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including video
  • A demonstrated ability to learn new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; Omniture, CrowdTangle and other analytics tools; and any emerging storytelling tools and platforms
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism. The new workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves.
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving
  • Journalism degree preferred.


  • Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment;

  • The ability to shoot passable photos and videos;

  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics;

  • Understanding of open records laws and the ability to file, manage and oversee requests pertinent to beat work;

  • 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 correctly identify audiences for selected stories;

  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and high energy;   

  • A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company. We will work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving.

  • 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 preferred.

  • At least 2 years of local news experience preferred


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.