Public Service Reporter (Virtual)

Lee Enterprises Inc   Davenport, IA   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on November 21, 2023
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Lee Enterprises, with 74 news markets across the country, has an opening on its award-winning, national Public Service Journalism Team.

The Public Service Journalists work individually and also serve as a member of regional and national teams within Lee, producing top-level investigative and enterprise reporting projects. The team members also partner with local Lee newsrooms to explore and investigate issues that impact individual communities.

A candidate for our opening on the Public Service Journalism Team should have significant previous reporting experience and the proven ability to work well in a team environment.

This reporter will take direction from an editor who has decades of investigative reporting and editing experience.

The Public Service Journalist will be a coach and mentor to other Lee journalists, including teaching investigative techniques, one-on-one and in workshop settings, and also mentoring them and consulting on their projects.

Most of the stories produced by the Public Service Journalism Team are investigative or explanatory in nature and take more time to complete than most other news stories, but duties could also include quicker turns, particularly following previously published project work.

Key skill areas for Public Service Team members include:
  • Interviewing and source development
  • Research
  • Document analysis
  • FOIA experience and aptitude
  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Coaching and mentoring ability
  • The ability to write crisply and compellingly
  • The ability to accurately and clearly extract and express the most newsworthy elements from documents, interviews and other materials is a must. A solid knowledge of media law is important.
  • The ability to self-edit and edit the work of others
  • Multimedia production and editing skills are helpful.
The Public Service Reporter will cover diverse communities, exposing inequities and exploring issues related to underserved or underrepresented communities.

This is a position that can be remote, with occasional travel.

Pay: $65,000-$90,000

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 major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 74 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 34 million digital unique visitors.

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.