Work for The Lexington County Chronicle

Available Positions:

Staff Writer (Part Time)

About the Chronicle

The Lexington County Chronicle is a weekly community newspaper and website covering Lexington County, South Carolina.

The owners of the Chronicle, brothers Kyle and Jack Osteen, are fifth-generation South Carolina newspaper publishers. Both maintain key positions in their family’s daily newspaper in Sumter, The Item, which has proudly served the community for more than 125 years. They understand the importance of keeping Lexington County news local. To show their commitment to  the community, Kyle and Jack are investing in new offices on Main Street in downtown Lexington. Chronicle publisher Parks Rogers, a newspaper leader with 24 years experience, is glad to provide local news coverage to an area he and his wife call home.

Staff Writer

We’re looking for a part-time staff writer to help with government coverage (including covering council and commission meetings, and generating stories from them), education coverage (including covering school board meetings and generating stories from them), crime coverage (including breaking items and some stories that dig deeper on relevant issues) and stories about local business and development (which are burgeoning in Lexington County).

The staff writer will work with the managing editor to cover these areas, with help from the paper’s freelance staff.

This is a good opportunity for an aspiring journalist ready to accept coaching and learn on the job or an experienced reporter looking for reliable part-time work. 

The ideal candidate will grow into generating their own story ideas.

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Responsibilities:

  • Reporting/Writing: The staff writer will be asked to produce 4-5 stories per week depending on the length and amount of reporting they require.
  • Meetings: Some stories will require attendance at government and other meetings in Lexington County, some at night.
  • Events: Some stories will require attending and covering local events in Lexington County.

Requirements:

  • The ability to write well and concisely.
  • A curious mind.
  • Dedication to accurate, unbiased reporting — and the willingness to learn what it takes to meet that standard.

Desirable Qualities:

  • Education: Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field or who are currently pursuing a degree in journalism are preferred, but we will consider all candidates who are passionate about writing for our newspaper.
  • Photography/Video: The ability to take photos or collect video to pair with stories or as standalone material for the paper and website isn’t required, but is desired.
  • Social Media: Proficiency with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is desired but not required.

Hours per week: 20

Pay: $18,000

Apply: Send resume and work samples (if available) and cover letter to managing editor Jordan Lawrence at jordan@lexingtonchronicle.com