News Columnist

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram seeks an outstanding journalist to be our next news columnist. The top candidate for this position will be a top-shelf writer with a distinguished record of producing compelling narratives and high-level accountability journalism.

We are an ambitious news organization with high standards, and we need a self-motivated metro columnist who has a wide range of interests and is adept at reporting many types of pieces – from serious, probing journalism to tales that use a narrow subject to illuminate a larger issue. The top candidate sees stories everywhere and reads voraciously.

We need a columnist who is aggressive but not arrogant, who is confident but works collaboratively with editors, who is comfortable writing with edge and being in the public eye, who can both tug at the heartstrings and make readers laugh. We’re not looking for an opinion columnist, though – we want a sharp writer who can see stories from unexpected perspectives and show readers things they don’t get in news stories.

For the right candidate, this is a fantastic opportunity. It’s a chance to write about virtually whatever you want, in a lively, thriving city. You will be part of Maine’s finest and largest newsgathering operation, and you’ll live in a region with an extraordinarily high quality of life and the best restaurant scene in America. Successful candidates will have several years of daily news experience. Send your resume and exactly five examples of your best work to Executive Editor Steve Greenlee at [email protected].

We offer:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Short/long-term disability and life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k with company match

We are an EEO employer.