Newspaper JobFile


    ** means the listing is new or updated this week
    — means a listing is not new

    ** means the listing is new or updated this week
    — means a listing is not new





— Openings at the Chicago Reader: Editor-in-chief who  will be responsible for the overall vision and planning for editorial content and editorial projects, will oversee the Reader’s Racial Justice Reporting Hub and Writers Room, will establish and maintain policies that follow guidelines for IRS 501(c)(3) entity and an Illinois registered not-for-profit organization, attend meetings with the board of directors to discuss issues and editorial plans for the publication, meet with the advertising director to plan special issues far in advance, coordinate any special needs related to content, coalesce and track reports from section editors on freelancer and source statistics to track progress on diversification of freelancers and sources, work on editorial collaborations with other local and national media, ensuring that content is of high standards journalistically and rejecting writing that does not meet the Reader standards; pay $75-85K/year.  Motivated/creative/experienced culture editor who knows how to “talk Chicago,” is based in Chicago, has established knowledge of a variety of Chicago’s creative communities., can oversee cultural coverage that includes the visual arts, galleries, museums, literary organizations, architecture, books, publishers, storytellers, poetry, spoken word, museums, large nonprofits,  academia and covering the people that make up our culture world in Chicago; will work with existing and new freelance writers, grow relationships with a diverse group of local journalists; review and accepting pitches, make editorial assignments within section, work on long-term editorial projects and report stories as time allows; pay $45-50K/year.  For complete job descriptions and to apply, go online to   EOE.  (9/5)


— Openings at the Better Government Association (Chicago): Enterprise editor who can lead solutions journalism efforts, be a senior newsroom leader, can own and drive regular enterprise content as part of the Illinois Solutions Partnership, a collaboration of the Better Government Association and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation; the BGA is growing a staff of reporters/editors/other resources to the effort and intend to make this a sustainable enterprise beyond the initial five-year period. Enterprise reporter with 3-5 years investigative experience who can provide original in-depth investigations into fraud/waste/abuse within state and local government and has produced both long- and short-term enterprise stories, has strong skills in source development, can work well both collaboratively and alone, works well with special projects editors/investigative reporters/marketing managers/manager of partnerships and local content; must conceive and execute stories with a strong narrative arc and compelling investigative findings that inspire change, must help obtain/compile/analyze large and complex data sets, must contribute to interactive and graphic elements, must pursue public information through a creative and persistent approach to source building and documentation and publish stories with urgency and efficiency, following up with energy and tenacity.  Versatile copy editor who makes sure copy is clear/error-free/well-written, meets BGA standards, can work with content from its newsroom/policy and development team, can deftly collaborate with editors on complex investigative pieces, can proofread newsletters and social media posts and can review grant proposals and policy statements. Submit 3-5 clips and resume to   EOE.  (9/5)


— The Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle (Flossmoor, IL) seeks freelance GA reporters who enjoy community journalism, including education beat features; the publication pays $50 for basic news and meeting stories, $65 for features and can negotiate other rates for enterprise or special feature stories.  Send 3-5 clips and resume to   EOE (indef.)  


** Openings at the Lee Enterprise central Illinois newspapers:  A business reporter (Job #15870) based in Bloomington IL; apply online at  A courts reporter (Job #16141) to cover courts and community government in a growing community; the Bloomington-Normal area is home to two universities, the global headquarters of State Farm Insurance and Country Financial, and an emerging economic force in electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive’s enormous assembly plant. The paper values meaningful and memorable journalism that focuses on the voices of real people, has a sense of place and starts conversations; apply online at;  questions can be taken by Chris Coates, Lee Enterprises central Illinois editor, at, or by calling (309) 820-3252.   EOE.  (9/26)


** Openings at The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI): Assistant city editor (Job #16214) who is an assertive/creative/steady co-pilot, can help lead its local news division, can help direct a seasoned corps of reporters, can spot trends, can be a watchdog and can reflect the diversity of viewpoints and experiences of an intensely loyal and engaged readership; it seeks a partner with excellent news judgment who will push reporters. A curious and driven photographer (Job #16187) who is a natural storyteller, is a well-rounded journalist who would be just as comfortable making photographs on the sidelines of a Badgers game as taking video on the shores of Madison’s beautiful lakes, is aggressive yet grounded, is enterprising yet collaborative and can make photos and videos that surprise readers. Apply online at   EOE.  (9/26) 


— Openings at the Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, IN): Education reporter (Job #16198) who can do it all, from investigations into academic performance, funding and financial management to stand-out student and teacher features, so must be able to navigate public/charter/private and urban schools. Apply online at   EOE.  (9/26)


** Openings at the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier:  Politics reporter who is a self-starter, is a team collaborator and communicator, can handle a remote yet fast-paced work environment, is a critical thinker, can cover a high profile legislature and congressional delegation; can jump right in as the paper enters the November election season and candidates campaign across the Palmetto State ahead of the 2024 First-in-the-South presidential primary; you will be limited only by your ambition and curiosity; apply to Schuyler Kropf, political editor, at skropf@postandcourier.comInvestigative reporter who is  a hungry and talented journalist with demonstrated success on short-turn/mid-range/long-term investigative pieces, can maintain a focus on quick-turn investigative pieces that spin off from major breaking news and developments across the state that  provide needed depth and perspective with a storyteller’s touch and an eye for angles that promise context and accountability; proven ability to work with others is a must; apply to Glenn Smith, watchdog and public service editor, at Thoughtful and engaging editorial writer who can help drive the conversation on topics important to residents across the Palmetto State; must be a critical thinker on a variety of subjects, have strong writing and reporting skills and intellectual curiosity and have the ability to help set he newspaper’s policy on local, state and national issues; center-right philosophy and knowledge of South Carolina are desirable; apply to Rick Nelson, editorial page editor, at  A honest, engaging and readable arts critic to cover a growing and thriving arts community of Charleston, and passion and commitment for the visual and performing arts in the Lowcountry, South Carolina and the South; must be equally comfortable discussing and responding to visual art/music/theatre and examining the ways it intersects with culture/business/acts as a mirror for our broader community; apply to Autumn Phillips at  (9/26) 

A nimble reporter to cover the Columbia area and whose stories can range from the hub of state government to the University of South Carolina, a growing restaurant and entertainment scene, Lake Murray and one of the state’s most-heavily Democratic counties – which neighbors a dominant Republican county; clips and resume to Andy Shain, Columbia-area ME, at  A Greenville reporter to cover breaking news of all kinds across all platforms for a family-owned newspaper that covers breaking news a bit differently, pursuing the stories that matter most to readers instead of chasing every crime, crash or fire; clips and resume to Steve Garrison, managing editor, at   (9/26)




— The ABA Journal (Chicago) seeks a legal affairs writer/reporter (Job #1077) who is experienced in covering the law and legal issues for its print and online publications; must write engaging and both breaking news and compelling long-form magazine stories. The successful applicant will work with limited supervision in the development of story ideas and write compelling legal affairs articles/features/specialty pieces for the ABA Journal in both print and electronic formats. “Flexible work arrangements available.” Pay $68,900-$84,000/year.  For a complete job description and to apply, go online to   EOE.  (8/29)

— The monthly newsmagazine In These Times (Chicago) which has covered politics and social movements from the left since 1976, seeks an executive editor who can be responsible for supervising the editorial department (currently made up of five editors, as well as a creative director), establish and maintain processes and workflow, support and advocate for editorial team members, is an experienced editor, is passionate about progressive politics, progressive policy and social movements, can translate that enthusiasm into compelling coverage that drives social change, can produce clean and fact-checked copy in a deadline-driven environment and will be comfortable editing a variety of stories that  includes hard news/long-form features/opinion/cultural commentary for both print and Web, with an understanding of the unique needs of both mediums. Apply online at   EOE.  (9/26)


** Crain’s Chicago Business seeks a reporter (Job #R-10565) who will report and write breaking-news stories on education, the legal industry, the labor movement and workplace issues, often on tight deadlines, can file copy that is clean and accurate and can be published online quickly with minimal editing; opportunities will also exist for enterprise reporting and collaborating on stories with colleagues.  Apply online at    EOE.   (9/26)


— StreetWise (Chicago, IL) seeks volunteer (as in unpaid) freelance writers and photographers who can contribute items to the weekly paper on a regular basis on such topics as public education, real estate, sports, politics and entertainment in beat fashion, attending live events.  Send 2-4 work samples and resume to Suzanne Hanney, editor, 1201 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607, fax (312) 554-0770 or e-mail  EOE  (Indef.) 


— Openings at South Carolina Living magazine (Cayce, SC): Writers who can produce 350- to 500-word profiles of World War II veterans to be compiled in booklet/book form; must have the ability to travel the state to conduct in-person interviews, have a digital camera capable of shooting high-res (300 dpi) images to deliver current images of each subject, have the capability to provide an audio recording of each interview for fact-checking purposes and have a demonstrated ability to tell a veteran’s story through anecdotes and interesting and accurate quotes, all delivered in a short format on tight deadlines; pay is $150 per profile; download the guidelines for the project at, and be prepared to supply one clip that best demonstrates your ability to deliver on the project and a short e-mail outlining your qualifications; profiles will be assigned on tight deadlines as veterans are identified; those who excel with this project will be considered for part-time and freelance work with the magazine.  (Indef.)  




Founded Oct. 13, 1993, the Illinois News Broadcasters Association/Chicago Headline Club JobFile lists job openings and internships in print, online and broadcast journalism, public relations and journalism education, focusing on the Midwest.  One need not be an INBA or Headline Club member to list or access openings, which are posted and made available free of charge to all.  If you know of any openings you may e-mail them to Bob Roberts, WBBM/WCFS, at  All openings Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employers unless noted otherwise.  Listings may be edited for brevity.

Send a cover letter unless the posting indicates otherwise, and assume that materials sent will NOT be returned.  The date at the end of listings indicates the drop date, which may or may not be the same as the deadline. A dash following the drop date indicates it is a hard deadline.

Although once available via fax and phone line, JobFile is now available only via the Internet.  Visit the JobFile on the Web at or  Those interested can subscribe (and unsubscribe) to JobFile free of charge ONLY at the INBA site.   One need not be an INBA member to access the subscribe/unsubscribe page.  Please e-mail the editor on subscription issues only if you have a problem subscribing or unsubscribing.  Even the Internet has its gremlins.
Please mention that you heard of the opening through the JobFile.