Copy - Indigenous affairs reporters – Rapid City

Lee Enterprises Inc   Rapid City, SD   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on February 25, 2023
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Lee Enterprises and ICT, formerly Indian Country Today, are partnering to produce enterprising coverage of Indigenous peoples and issues in two key locations - Tulsa and Rapid City - and if you're an experienced reporter who would like to be a key part of that effort, read on.

Both of these outstanding reporting opportunities offer excellent salary and benefits. The reporters will join the staffs of the Tulsa World and Rapid City Journal, respectively, and will work in tandem with editors from both ICT and the respective news organizations. Both ICT and Lee recognize the need for deep, comprehensive coverage, and the reporters will have a voice in story selection and planning. Indeed, self-starters who regularly pitch ideas and will brainstorm new ways to cover Indigenous communities are desired.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated writing and reporting ability at the professional level; at least three to five years' daily experience or the equivalent is preferred. The reporters will handle a mix of daily stories, weekend features and longer-term projects. The ability to photograph and to produce video, both to accompany stories and to produce occasional broadcast packages for ICT's daily newscast, is essential. Experience with podcasting and other platforms is a plus. We will expect these reporters to have a strong professional presence on social media.

Key skills include:

- Interviewing and source development

- Advanced research skills including FOIA aptitude and document analysis

- Ability to write crisply and compellingly

- Experience in video production and video editing

- Using background in American Indian and Alaska Native issues, histories, and cultures, and federal Indian policy, to provide context in news stories

Both the World and the Journal are outstanding workplaces with editors who greatly value storytelling, as do the editors at ICT. Both cities and surrounding regions have significant Indigenous communities that merit great coverage and need to see themselves portrayed thoughtfully and thoroughly. We expect these reporters to be immersed in those communities, and therefore one reporter will need to be located in Tulsa, and the other in Rapid City.

The jobs offered by this partnership will provide important, high-visibility opportunities to produce memorable journalism. While local news is paramount, these reporters' work will be seen nationwide with the digital presence and reach of Lee Enterprises' 77 news organizations and Hiring will be done collaboratively with the two organizations.

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ICT, formerly Indian Country Today, is owned by IndiJ Public Media, an independent nonprofit, multimedia news organization with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and bureaus in Alaska and Washington, D.C. ICT covers the Indigenous world, including American Indians and Alaska Natives through a digital news site and a weekday newscast with international viewership. IndiJ Public Media is a 501 (c)(3) public charity that sustains itself with funding from members, donors, foundations, and supporters worldwide.


Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and over 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 77 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 47 million digital unique visitors. Lee's markets include St. Louis, MO; Buffalo, NY; Omaha, NE; Richmond, VA; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, IA; and Tucson, AZ. Lee Common Stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol LEE. For more information about Lee, please visit .

Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of high-quality local news, with 77 daily newspapers in 26 states that have print, digital and e-replica versions. Lee's newspapers have a combined circulation of more than 1.2 million daily. Our digital sites attract more than 44 million unique visits monthly. We also have a rapidly growing roster of digital products for consumers, and are committed to aggressive digital growth.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at .

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.