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Investigative Reporter

Job Summary

Tired of hearing people opine about the demise of the newspaper industry? Well, The Post and Courier has been steadily adding new positions as part of a strategic expansion across South Carolina. Now, we’re looking for a kick-ass journalist to join a talented, hard-working investigations/projects team that proves every day just how vital newspapers still are.

Because of our work, government corruption has been exposed in every corner of the state. New attention has been trained on the threats of climate change and sea level rise. Women have greater protections from domestic violence. Officer-involved shootings are more thoroughly investigated. A powerful prosecutor and sheriffs have been forced from office over misconduct findings. And the truth behind the one of the nation’s deadliest prison riots finally saw the light of day.

The Post and Courier, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a six-time Pulitzer finalist since 2011, is looking for a quick-strike investigative reporter to join its six-person public service/watchdog team. There aren’t many jobs left as good as this one. While corporate consolidation and hedge fund ownership have pushed too many news organizations toward damaging shifts in the traditional journalism paradigm, we are investing in improving our offerings and building stronger relationships with our readers.

At The Post and Courier, we don’t believe in comforting the comfortable. In an age where power is increasingly being abused, we’re in the affliction business.

To put it simply: We want a hungry and talented journalist with demonstrated success on short-turn, mid-range and long-term investigative pieces. This reporter will maintain a focus on quick-turn investigative pieces that spin off from major breaking news and developments across the state, providing needed depth and perspective. You’ll need a storyteller’s touch and an eye for angles that promise context and accountability. A proven ability to work with others is a must.

The position also offers plenty of opportunities to work independently and with other members of the projects team on long-term investigations, including installments of our acclaimed Uncovered series that shine a light on government corruption. No idea is too crazy or big. In the past year alone, we sent journalists to Senegal and Greenland in search of compelling tales to bring back to our readers.

Our first priority (always) is to find talented people and hire them. What will move you to the top of our list:

  • Javascript, Python, API, Excel, Access, MySql: These are things that get you excited and you can actually use them.
  • You have a keen eye for critical stories that haven’t been told; stories that make a real difference in people’s lives.
  • You still have the fierce, competitive edge of the underdog.
  • You enjoy coaching and working with less experienced but enthusiastic journalists.

Who are we? The Post and Courier is one of the few independent, family-owned newspapers left in the United States. Our local owners have deep roots in the community and care deeply about this newspaper and its reputation.

Better yet, that ownership translates into a growing newspaper that is adding staff and expanding its footprint in South Carolina. Yes, you read that right. We’re our state’s largest newspaper and we’re looking to grow. And we realize the best way to do that is to be relentlessly interesting and provide rock- solid content that people can’t get anywhere else.

We are fortunate to live in a truly beautiful place that has great beaches and world-class restaurants. But South Carolina also has no shortage of challenges and compelling storylines that will keep even the most intrepid reporter busy for years.

If you think you fit the bill, send a resume, clips and a cover letter to Watchdog & Public Service Editor Glenn Smith at The Post and Courier is a drug-free and equal opportunity employer.

The Post and Courier is committed to building a diverse newsroom that reflects the people it covers and the audience it serves. Candidates are encouraged to highlight new perspectives they can bring to our team.


Organization: The Post and Courier
Location: Charleston SC US
Date Posted: July 6, 2022
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How to Apply

Applicants should send send a resume, clips and a cover letter to Watchdog & Public Service Editor Glenn Smith at

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