Spartanburg City Reporter

South Carolina, USA ● Spartanburg, SC, USA Req #15420
Sunday, June 13, 2021

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Spartanburg City Reporter


The Spartanburg Herald-Journal /, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a reporter to cover the city of Spartanburg.


Spartanburg is part of the vibrant Upstate of South Carolina. Along with neighboring Greenville, it is the largest metro area in South Carolina. As of 2019 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Spartanburg County is the 19th fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country.


Spartanburg features a vibrant downtown, and an important aspect of the city reporter’s job is to know what’s happening downtown. Not just “what’s coming or what’s going,” but “how” and “why” did it happen. On top of that, the city also features north, south, east and west corridors with unique interests.

The city beat is far more than covering council meetings.


Our reporters are expected to develop community sources especially within under-served communities. This is a municipal beat that should also be in tune with business, public transportation, affordable housing, racial equity and neighborhood sustainability.


In a competitive news market, the Herald-Journal strives to be the first to inform readers with breaking news and analysis related to the city. This reporter is expected to file public records requests and mine data for enterprise stories. This reporter also works closely with our county government, growth and development and public safety reporters for story tips and ideas.


Spartanburg sits halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta. We are 45 minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Coast.



  • Tell stories that accurately inform and engage audiences and helps to build a base of loyal readers and subscribers.
  • Writes stories that address problems in our communities and probes potential solutions, holds government and other community leaders accountable, advocates for the well-being of Spartanburg and the people who live here.
  • Understands the use of metrics and analytics to tailor writing to audience and to encourage readers to subscribe.
  • Works toward becoming the community’s leading voice in area of expertise.
  • Connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, forums, community leadership, etc.) Takes on a leadership role with our What’s New in Spartanburg? Facebook Group.
  • Works with editors to evaluate what’s working and what’s not and develops ongoing plans to better satisfy audience needs.
  • Collaborates to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e., Photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.
  • Provides great customer service, helping readers find answers and solutions. 


  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Experience writing investigative or solutions-oriented journalism.
  • Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and Snap Chat.
  • Experience shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone.
  • Strong communication skills, news judgement and headline-writing ability.
  • Ability to multitask and excel under intense deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills; familiarity with AP style.
  • Able to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen and background check.    

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:


  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.


It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.



Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status. 

Other details

  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience
  • South Carolina, USA
  • Spartanburg, SC, USA