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Community Services Beat Reporter

The News Leader in beautiful, historic Staunton, Virginia, is looking for an experienced reporter to join our small, ambitious, digital-first newsroom. We’re a Gannett newspaper, tied deeply to local news, and we use our resources to cover this Shenandoah Valley area aggressively, with cutting-edge technology and a deep commitment to investigative and long-form work.

We tend to attract highly talented people who like working and living in small or medium markets but have the drive to do great work and want the opportunity and support for it. Above all, we value quality work that makes a connection. It’s our lifeblood, and we coach that and make it happen. Our special projects and watchdog work are done by everyone, not just one reporter. We leverage our knowledge and a talented design team to pull off polished, powerful long-form packages that compete way above our weight class.

Daily stories, beat coverage, people profiles, blogging, reporter video, cross-training, cop shifts are all part of the job since we are a small newsroom. You’d do a bit of everything here. That’s part of the fun of it, and contributes to the groundedness of our newsroom, something that builds strength for our special projects and helps them spring from daily journalism.

The beat covers a broad topic range: health, mental health, social services and the ways people here care for each other. Our area is home to two state mental hospitals, an independent community hospital, a state rehabilitation center and Virginia's only residential school for the deaf, blind and multi-disabled. We also have community-based organizations that forever are striving to provide area residents quality care despite meager resources. The coverage opportunities are endless.

Editing and coaching are part of the newsroom culture here, and we only hire reporters who expect to be challenged to grow, learn and work collaboratively. If you’re used to doing something a certain way, and want to go somewhere to follow your template, don’t apply for this job. We’re committed to whatever works, and – let’s be honest – that changes all the time in this business. What we’re also deeply committed to are the timeless goals of hard work, beating the pavement, transparency, fierce independence, honest writing, polished products and personal stories that hit readers in the gut.

We're a successful farm team that's part of a larger organization, but also a place where serious journalists stick. This is not an entry-level position, but rather for someone with some significant reporting experience. 

Our market stretches from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the George Washington National Forest. Hiking, mountain biking, camping and fishing opportunities abound. One of our towns is a growing tourism destination with bustling downtown streets lined with Victorian architecture, the other is a gateway to the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway. Situated as we are amid a primarily rural area, we also offer a reasonable cost of living and easy driving access to Charlottesville, Roanoke, Richmond and Washington, D.C. serves up nearly 2 million page views each month to our subscribers. To apply for this position send a letter, resume and link to your online portfolio of print, web and video work to William Ramsey, local editor, at

The News Leader, a Gannett company, is committed to diversity and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Employment contingent on a passing pre-employment drug screen and having an acceptable motor vehicle record.