Opinion Writer

News Fort Worth, TX


Fort Worth, now the 12th-largest city in the U.S., is in a time of tremendous growth and change. It needs strong journalism and thought leadership to hold leaders accountable, spot problems and offer solutions, and ensure communities aren’t left behind.

As a Star-Telegram opinion writer, you can help shape our community’s future and build your profile as a journalist who makes a difference. You’ll move at the speed of news, aiming to serve a digital audience with timely opinion and analysis grounded in reporting.

We’re looking for a writer with proven reporting skill, including the ability to break news, conduct fruitful interviews and research in various areas, all on deadline. We want a thinker with an interest in exploring a range of topics — including politics and government, education, economics, criminal justice/policing, healthcare and culture.

Fort Worth is part of the fourth-largest media market in the U.S., with cultural gems, increasing diversity and, yes, killer barbecue. It’s a fascinating news town and a great place to live.

Key qualifications:

  • Strong writing skills, including the ability and willingness to speak on behalf of the Editorial Board and argue positions you may not entirely share.

  • An ability to synthesize and analyze to give readers a thoughtful perspective on issues and events.

  • A commitment to local/state news and digging deep into several local communities.

  • Digital-journalism reflexes and storytelling chops.

  • Audience focus, including a zeal for understanding and using readership data, mastering SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital and pursue innovative approaches to reach underserved audiences.

  • An enterprise mentality and desire to go deeper on a story.

Required/Preferred skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

  • five or more years of experience writing and or editing news, preferably in a digital-first environment.

  • Not required, but preferred: Spanish proficiency; time spent living and/or reporting in Texas; proficiency with data journalism; and multimedia skills, including video recording/editing and podcasting.

We have an excellent compensation and benefits package.


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