News Reporter - News - Local News

Auburn, NY 13021, USA Req #16827
Thursday, October 12, 2023

The Citizen is seeking a full-time reporter to join its award-winning staff in Auburn. This position is a general assignment news reporter who will work up to 40 hours a week covering primarily local government (towns and villages), as well as some spot news and human interest stories. Ability to cover high school sports is a bonus. Some proficiency at taking photos and videos with a smartphone and posting on social media is expected. 

The Citizen, located in Auburn, is a newspaper in Cayuga County. We print three times a week, but our first priority is covering news and generating stories for our website, Along with Auburn we cover all the towns and villages of Cayuga County, which lies between Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca. We also cover some towns and villages immediately outside the county, such as the lakeside village of Skaneateles. 

Our ideal candidate will bring some storytelling experience and enthusiasm for small-town journalism to The Citizen. Preferred workdays for this position will be Sundays through Thursdays, though Mondays through Fridays are a possibility. The reporter can work remotely or in our new office in Auburn, but town and village coverage will require some proximity to the area. Assignments will mostly come from our editors at first, and as the reporter eases into the community it is hoped they will also be able to generate story ideas themselves.  

A bachelor's degree in journalism and/or some experience at a journalistic publication is preferred. Along with your resume, please include a cover letter, at least three published clips and three professional references.​


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 75 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.

Other details

  • Job Family News
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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  • Auburn, NY 13021, USA