Job Description:

The Lexington Herald-Leader is seeking an enterprising journalist to cover the University of Kentucky, Lexington’s largest employer, and higher education issues in Kentucky. This reporter will be asked to find and break news, and pursue enterprise and investigative reporting, with a primary focus on the University of Kentucky, its administration, campus affairs, students, faculty, staff and the UK community, including town-gown relations. The reporter also will pursue stories about higher education news and trends throughout Kentucky, including big issues in the news, and the intersection of higher education, the legislature, state government and politics. This is a key beat for the Herald-Leader, and the reporter will be expected to work across multiple platforms, grow digital readership and engage with readers and the higher education community through social media.

Essential functions:

  • Researches, reports and writes breaking news, enterprise and investigative articles about the University of Kentucky and higher education in Kentucky.
  • Digs beyond the surface and pursues watchdog and investigative stories about higher education.
  • Thoughtfully and aggressively uses social media to grow readership and engage with readers.
  • Plans visuals and shoots and produces video while pursuing stories on the UK/higher education beat.
  • Writes for digital and print, but attacks this beat with a digital-first mentality and focus on growing digital readers and subscribers. Must be comfortable with the use of digital analytics.
  • Covers other general assignment stories and news as assigned. May work evenings and weekends as news requires.


Excellent writing and editing skills (requires prolonged keyboarding, sitting and use of mouse); excellent spelling and grammar; valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. A background in local reporting and a demonstrated ability to write about complex policy issues are desired for this position. Some experience with video, social media, podcasts and analytics is recommended.


College degree in related field

2 years previous newsroom preferred, including work on college media

About Us:
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Lexington Herald-Leader and its website are committed to being Central and Eastern Kentucky’s primary source of news and commentary with the highest standards of journalism. Owned by McClatchy since 2006, the Herald-Leader endeavors to be a rewarding and caring employer and a force for positive change in the community. The newsroom’s journalists focus on breaking news that holds leaders and institutions accountable and makes a concrete difference in the community.
How to Apply: 
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