Accountability Reporter

News Bluffton, SC


The Island Packet of Hilton Head seeks an aggressive, enterprising reporter to join its award-winning newsroom in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Live among the natural beauty, wildlife, trails, sun and sand and work with a newsroom that has been recognized as South Carolina’s best in its circulation size for six years running. 

Whether you want to make a permanent home with us or desire to get to a bigger market, The Packet will provide you a place to grow and learn and an environment in which you can do work that will have impact in our community and make you proud to be a journalist.

The Island Packet is part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities in the United States. In our accountability reporter, we’re seeking a versatile and resourceful journalist who is as skilled in public records as she/he/they are in knocking on doors to track down sources. You’ll need a passion for accountability journalism and the drive to sift through data, dig through documents and cultivate sources.

What you'll bring:

  • Focus on stories that build readership

  • Think about audience first and always, with a commitment to tactics that grow readership.

  • Master engaging multimedia storytelling

  • Demonstrate speed, competitiveness and SEO savvy through aggregating and storytelling tools

  • Work well in a team environment

The successful candidate should have a college degree or equivalent work experience and be able to show a history of producing accountability journalism. Also:

  • Strong writing skills, excellent news judgment and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers.

  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.

  • 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.

  • Facility with data, public records and business reports.

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 health, well-being, wealth 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. With an excellent support team and with focus on your well-being as a top corporate strategy, McClatchy provides benefits to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellness goals. For more information on McClatchy's benefit plan, please visit

To apply, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and three to four examples of your best work in the link below.

About McClatchy:

Our impact is growing every day. 30 growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 57 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 a flexible, empowering, and 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.


To apply, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and four to six examples of your work.


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.