Landmark Community Newspapers
  • The Leader-Union
  • Vandalia, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

LCNI offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) and paid time off benefits.

Community Reporter/Sports Editor
The Leader-Union
Vandalia, Illinois

The Leader-Union, a 3,100-circulation weekly in Vandalia, Ill., is seeking a community reporter/sports editor. The position's primary responsibility is to cover sports and community activities in Vandalia and Fayette County, which includes six other school districts. Secondary responsibilities include occasional meetings, community features and other writing as needed. The job includes writing stories, related photography work, paginating the sports pages, and loading sports stories and pictures on The Leader-Union website -- Some pagination and proofing of other pages in the paper is also included.

The successful applicant must be a strong writer, a good photographer and be familiar with a broad range of prep and youth sports. They must be able to write game stories as well as features, be organized, able to meet deadlines and be a stickler for accuracy.

The newspaper offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) and paid time off benefits.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years of experience working for a weekly, multi-weekly or college newspaper
  • Good writing and interviewing skills
  • Good organization and time-management skills
  • Good photography skills and knowledge of Photoshop
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign layout software
  • Knowledge of spelling, grammar, AP style and libel law
  • Must have a valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends to cover assignments


  • Write crisp, accurate and compelling stories, headlines and photo captions
  • Write a mixture of game stories and feature stories for the weekly sports pages
  • Develop relationships with area coaches to facilitate the flow of information to the newspaper
  • Shoot clear and compelling photos
  • Design and lay out weekly pages
  • Load stories and photos onto The Leader-Union website
  • Write copy and lay out special sections, including sports sections
  • Serve as a backup for other members of the news team

WORK SCHEDULE: This exempt position requires considerable night and some weekend work.


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