Want to live on Washington’s bold outer coast and pursue cutting-edge journalism for one of the Pacific Northwest’s most acclaimed newspapers?
The Chinook Observer, winner of the statewide public service award in 2018 for in-depth coverage of ICE arrests, is the 119-year-old news source for an island-like seashore peninsula where the Columbia River meets the Pacific. We are defined by curiosity, courage, ambition, objectivity and a sincere commitment to customer service. We believe in tough, independent news coverage — but we also relish telling fun stories about our awe-inspiring, hardworking readers. Their interests are our interests.
This opening is created by the departure after six years of one of our region’s top investigative journalists, who now will be freelancing us for while writing a book about some of the exceptional stories she uncovered here. Although she is in some ways irreplaceable, we aim to find someone just as motivated and productive, with a passion for ferreting out unique stories in this astonishingly newsy place. Especially welcome are expressions of interest in covering the environment, natural resources and science — though by necessity everyone on our news staff eventually covers everything. We value great photography, breaking online news and video — plan to polish all these skills with us.
Our homeland includes pristine Willapa Bay, a primary source of America’s oysters. A major tourist destination, our population swells to 75,000 on peak summer weekends. Bolstering our reputation as a center for historical/cultural tourism are Lewis and Clark National Park, Cape Disappointment State Park and Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Lifestyle attractions include world-class pedestrian and water trails, dozens of miles of beach, amazing wildlife, delectable seafood and close proximity to Astoria, Oregon — the West Coast’s oldest American city — as well as Portland and Seattle.
Vanity Fair’s Buzz Bissinger and Oregonian feature-writing star Tom Hallman — both Pulitzer Prize winners — are among our neighbors and subscribers. Krist Noveselic of Nirvana is another active member of our amazing communities. “Your paper represents all that is good in journalism. You respect your readers, challenge them when need be, and remind them of the place and people in the community they call home,” Hallman commented.
Benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), a range of insurance and a 401(k)/Roth 401(k) retirement plan. Send clips, resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.