National Real-Time Reporter

News Sacramento, California Remote, United States


McClatchy is looking for ambitious, creative, real-time news reporters to deliver quick-turn stories about compelling news and cultural events from across the nation, including topics such as cannabis, politics, pro and college sports and severe weather.

Our real-time reporters use social media, Google Trends and other tools to identify, report on and sometimes aggregate stories that are going to drive social and cultural conversations. Responding to big breaking news events is sometimes part of the job, but the primary role is to grow our audience by recognizing what’s trending or about to trend in a McClatchy region or across the country.

These reporters work as part of McClatchy’s nationwide Real-Time Team, which includes editors and reporters working remotely in locations across the country. The team communicates via Slack.


  • The most compelling candidates will have:

  • The ability to write quickly, accurately and well

  • A commitment to provide accurate information, both in fact and in context

  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics

  • An understanding of how to verify the authenticity of information, sources, photos and video found through social media

  • An intuitive sense of what’s important and interesting, particularly in the world of politics

  • A good grasp of what drives interest on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms and an understanding of the tools used to surface story ideas

  • A good understanding of how to write for search

  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and a strong sense of urgency

  • A collaborative style that works comfortably as part of a virtual team whose members are located throughout the country

  • The ability to quickly master technology, including content management systems and storytelling tools


College degree preferred but commensurate professional experience will be considered.

Personal Attributes:

  • Creativity, flexibility, and online smarts.

  • The ability to monitor a vast amount of information for a wide audience, matched with discerning judgment about what to pursue.

  • The ability to execute both quickly and well.


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.