Growth & Development Reporter

McClatchy   Boise, ID   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on March 14, 2023
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The Idaho Statesman seeks an enterprising growth and development reporter to join its award-winning newsroom in Boise, one of the fastest-growing metro areas in America.

Our growth and development reporter will focus on housing affordability, the real estate market, major new developments and the issues our community faces because of growth.

Join the newsroom that exposed an unmonitored system of restraint-and-seclusion techniques in Idaho schools and prompted significant change with its reporting on a botched sexual-assault report at a state university. At the Idaho Statesman, we put a premium on breaking stories first as well as investing in hard-nosed, accountability journalism that our audience can’t get anywhere else. Our journalism focuses on our local communities, and in that role we have the ability to spotlight problems, highlight solutions and truly make a difference -- all the reasons you got into journalism. And we are part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities in the United States.

In the last three years, our team has exposed problematic COVID-19 data reporting, examined all the ways the state has tried to shield its death-penalty practices from the public and produced a series of stories spotlighting the individual struggles caused by our housing crisis. That work has resulted in numerous awards, including Idaho Press Club awards for investigative report, special coverage and rookie of the year for 2021.

We are located in Boise, Idaho, a community that lands on many best-of lists for its quality of life. Our community features unique restaurants, many opportunities for outdoor recreation and a lively arts scene.

In our growth and development reporter, we’re seeking a versatile and resourceful journalist who is as skilled in public records as she/he/they are in developing sources. You’ll need a passion for accountability journalism and the drive to sift through data, dig through documents and explain complex issues in an approachable way.

In this role, you will need to:

  • Focus on stories that build readership
  • Build engaging multimedia storytelling skills
  • Demonstrate speed, competitiveness and SEO savvy
  • Work well in a team environment.

 The successful candidate should meet many, though not necessarily all, of the following requirements:

  • College degree.
  • 1-3 years of reporting experience.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).
  • Strong writing skills, excellent news judgment and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers. Commitment to ethics.
  • Ability to build source networks and bring a constant flow of story ideas.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to aggressively tackle stories.
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.
  • Facility with data, public records and business reports.

What we’ll bring: As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on health, well-being, wealth and daily life, our package options includes health care coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends. Our overall benefit package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. With an excellent support team and with focus on your well-being as a top corporate strategy, McClatchy provides benefits to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellness goals.

To apply, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and four to six examples of your best work.

About McClatchy
Our impact is growing every day. 30 growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 56 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger. As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of a flexible, empowering, and exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth—a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.

McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.