Breaking News Reporter

Editorial Raleigh, NC Durham, 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 across the region.

Key duties:

  • Find great stories that are fast-moving and highly readable. 
  • Write quickly and often.
  • Shoot photos and video when needed. 
  • Use social media platforms to help distribute and highlight work
  • Use SEO smartly and strategically; understanding other audience growth processes
  • Skillfully use content management systems
  • Use data and research to inform reporting
  • Understand and use audience metrics to help increase readership


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

Applications should include a cover letter, references, and links to writing samples. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.