NC Opinion Writer

The Charlotte Observer   Charlotte, NC   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on September 14, 2021
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Are you someone who can craft a must-read column, tell an engaging story, and wants to be a thoughtful voice in the community where you live? We’re looking for a different kind of opinion writer and editorial board member — one with strong opinions who can report and write a powerful editorial, but also one with an ear for storytelling and eye for the big and small things your community is buzzing about. 

Our next opinion writer will: 

  • Report and write columns and editorials with a local and state lens, regularly breaking news and hold officials to account;
  • Visualize and execute strong opinion journalism, including multi-day projects;
  • Respond to events with opinion at the speed of news.
  • Pursue innovative approaches to reach underserved audiences

The successful candidate will be a fresh voice and sharp thinker with a love for community-based reporting and will be someone who embraces a digital-first focus that rewards quick, thoughtful writing and an eagerness to try new things.  

This writer will help readers and would-be readers understand the contribution local opinion journalism can make to the health of a community. The NC Opinion Writer will engage in respectful community building both online and by hosting community conversations with a goal of growing support for our work. 

This person will grow readership of our editorials by acting on available audience data. Skills and experience with video and/or podcasting are a plus. The position will report to the NC Opinion Editor and be based in Charlotte.

Key requirements

  • At least 3-5 years of reporting experience, preferably on local issues and/or government.
  • Strong editing skills and excellent news judgment.
  • A zeal for understanding and using readership data.
  • An interest in telling stories using a variety of media, and an enthusiasm for learning new skills and technologies.
  • Comfort with a job that will be fast-paced and constantly evolving.
  • 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).

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