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Are you someone who looks at the big picture but understands that details matter, too? Do you have the ability to crank out breaking news on deadline but also write in-depth long-form pieces that may require more than a week of research for a single article? Are you comfortable cultivating your own sources and asking the hard questions of local power brokers? Do you like the idea of working for a company where the decision-makers also live and work in the community? Illinois Times may be the right place for you.
Because we’re lean and strong, we’re not afraid to move quickly and try new things. There’s no large bureaucracy here, and no waiting weeks for decisions from corporate. We welcome your energy and ideas. We’re looking for a staff writer who is as passionate about local journalism as we are.
We have been publishing local independent journalism for 45 years. Over that time, we’ve gained the trust of our readers and made a name for ourselves in this advertising market. In a metro area of 200,000 people, we print 20,000 copies a week of our core publication (and never stopped printing, even during the pandemic), while we also grow our online presence with additional digital content.
As we publish in the state capital, experience in government and political reporting is a plus. But we will consider a recent graduate if you can demonstrate that you have what it takes.
We have begun on a path toward anti-racism in all aspects of our company. Inclusion and diversity are valued here. Our readers come from all walks of life and so does our staff. We hire people from a variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for strong journalism, please let Illinois Times hear from you.
Send a cover letter, resume and 5-6 writing samples reflective of your work to via email or snail mail to:
Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO
1240 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62703