Digital Journalist - Hickory, NC

Lee Enterprises Inc   Hickory, NC   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on June 18, 2024
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Lee Enterprises is hiring an ambitious, digitally-focused reporter to deliver hyperlocal journalism for the Hickory Daily Record in Hickory, North Carolina.

The person filling this job will join a team of talented journalists who work in concert to cover Hickory, a city of 40,000 nestled in the foothills of the state, and the four surrounding counties. We are about 45 miles from Charlotte, a short drive to the mountains and approximately 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Hickory Daily Record is a place to come and grow. The last two reporters who left our team moved into coveted positions within Lee Enterprises.

The right candidate will:
  • Demonstrate an eye for enterprising story ‚Äčangles and the ability to write compelling features
  • Understand how to shoot and edit video
  • Have a passion for local news and the communities that depend on it
  • Be able to show their ability to build an online audience
  • Enjoy collaborating with reporters across the state to tell bigger stories and tackle significant issues
  • Maintain high ethical standards
  • Have a solid grasp of grammar and spelling
Other things that will be helpful in this role:
  • Ability to shoot photographs
  • Experience in driving digital subscriptions
  • Basic understanding of news analytics
Please include with your application at least five examples that showcase your creativity and range as a journalist, including one non-writing example (podcast, video, social media post, etc.).

You should consider applying if you meet most of the above qualifications.

Why Join Us?

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.

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

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.