Real Time News Reporter

Editorial Columbia, SC


The State in Columbia, S.C., is looking for an ambitious, high-energy Real-Time News Reporter to deliver quick-turn stories on interesting news and cultural phenomena from across the state and region.

The Real-Time Reporter will be responsible for writing, compiling and/or producing stories and posts on regional flashpoints -- from BBQ to beach erosion to Confederate monuments -- with a focus on stories that are going to drive the social and cultural conversations around the state.

This reporter will be based in Columbia, S.C., and will work on the McClatchy’s NC/SC Real-Time Team, which includes an NC-based editor and reporters posted in newsrooms throughout the Carolinas. The reporter will also coordinate with site editors at The State. The Carolinas team works as part of the McClatchy Real-Time Team, with editors and reporters across the company.  


The most compelling candidates will have:

  • The ability to write quickly, accurately and well
  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics
  • An intuitive sense of what’s important and interesting
  • A good grasp of what drives interest on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms and tools used to surface story ideas
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and extremely high energy
  • A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company
  • Quick study of CMSes and storytelling tools
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of staff and editors
  • Ability to verify the authenticity of information, sources, photos and video found through social media

Education: College degree required.

Personal Attributes: Energy, 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, with creativity.

This position is subject to a background check for any convictions directly related to its duties and responsibilities.  Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate.