Sports/Business Reporter

The News Star

The News Star  in Monroe, Louisiana, part of the USA TODAY Network, a top global digital media company, which reaches more than 100 million people monthly through a powerful network of mobile & publishing properties is looking for a full-time journalist to report and write about high school sports and business, with the proportion of each topic depending on seasonal needs. 

This reporter will focus on sports during football and basketball seasons and on business the balance of the year, although work will include a mix of both topics for much of year. Business reporting will focus, although not exclusively, on 1) restaurants, dining out and entertainment, and 2) jobs. 

Monroe is home to CenturyLink, a Fortune 150 tech company that has been a draw for other tech companies, such as IBM. It’s home to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and two other universities, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State, are in our circulation area. It is the commercial and cultural hub of a 12-parish area in northeastern Louisiana. 

The perfect candidate for this position can regularly break exclusive business news that speaks to the consumer in ways that matter. They also must have some background in sports for this football-centric community.

While we're looking for excellent reporters and writers, we expect candidates to prepare multimedia content routinely, including photos and videos. 

Reporters in our newsroom continuously grow a fan base by informing and engaging readers. They act as public ambassadors through community outreach and connect with readers through social media. They provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues. They produce watchdog journalism that leads to change. They use our content coaches and audience analytics to shape storytelling that meets audience needs and interests on every platform. And they contribute to the community’s greater good through impactful journalism. 

The Monroe metropolitan area is home to 100,000 and is an easy day’s drive from New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Dallas-Fort Worth and Hot Springs, Arkansas. 

Here's what we have to offer:

Competitive compensation

Comprehensive Health, Dental and Vision coverage

Life Insurance

401(K) Saving Plan

Paid Time Off

Paid Company Holidays

Paid Time Off to Volunteer in the Community

Employee Discount Program