Hamburg Sun Reporter

Lee Enterprises Inc   Hamburg, NY   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on May 15, 2024
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The Hamburg Sun, the community news source for the heart of the Southtowns, is seeking an energetic and enterprising full-time reporter to join its team. This reporter will develop ideas for stories - both news and features - throughout the week, while also assisting with content for Sun+, a subscriber newsletter. The reporter will also help with video content for The Sun's growing digital presence.

The Sun's roots date to 1875, but it was reborn in 2017 under the stewardship of The Buffalo News. The Hamburg Sun is a fast-growing weekly publication committed to covering every aspect of life in the Southtowns. The successful candidate for this position will focus on the area's institutions of power, helping to cover government and boards of education in Hamburg and its neighboring communities.

The position will involve government meeting coverage, but with a focus on searching for the bigger story that can be expanded on to give readers information that they don't already know. Meeting coverage should be considered a way to develop contacts and find stories - from local officials or residents - that need more research and investigation. You'll need to be as comfortable filing a FOIL request as you are crafting a news feature. Reporting for The Sun will also include stories about development, retail and restaurants and real estate throughout the Southtowns.

The candidate should also have experience with social media platforms (Facebook, X) and know how to use those platforms to enhance how they tell stories to readers.

An ability to work independently is essential.

This position requires evening and weekend availability.

This position offers a competitive salary; excellent benefits, including a flexible health plan and a 401(k); generous vacation and sick time.

Interested applicants should apply with a resume, cover letter, clips, and examples of using social media and video to enhance their story.

Why Join Us?

The Buffalo News, a subsidiary of Lee Enterprises, offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 73 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 33 million digital unique visitors.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at www.lee.net.

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.