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The Kentucky Standard

Job Title: Reporter-Photographer
Company: The Kentucky Standard
Category: Print Journalist
Contact Person: Forrest Berkshire
Contacts Title: Editor
City/State/Zip: Bardstown KY, 40004

The Kentucky Standard, a 7,000-circulation tri-weekly newspaper, is seeking a general assignment reporter to cover Bardstown and Nelson County, Ky. The reporter will be responsible for covering a news beat as well as fulfilling assignments from the editor. Coverage will range from hard news to feature stories to longer-term enterprise reporting. Reporters shoot their own photos and contribute to production of the newspaper and website. Qualified candidates will have working knowledge of the principles of journalism as well as copy editing, shooting video and photos, layout with InDesign, working with online content management systems and social media.

The Kentucky Standard is located in the heart of bourbon country, 45 miles south of Louisville, in a diverse and historic area that was voted "Most Beautiful Small Town" in 2012 in a nationwide competition. For the last seven years, it has won best in its class in the statewide Kentucky Press Association competition.

The newspaper offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) and paid time off benefits. The Kentucky Standard can be found at .


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field desired
  • Good writing, researching and interviewing skills
  • Good grammar, spelling and punctuation required
  • Competency in photography, Photoshop
  • Experience with InDesign helpful
  • Good organization and time management skills must be able to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge and interest in social media
  • Must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation to travel to assignments
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends to cover assignments

Essential Functions:

  • Write news and features as assigned
  • Develop story ideas relevant to the local community
  • Shoot photographs and video as assigned and to accompany news stories
  • Update and produce copy, photos, video and slideshows for the website
  • Cover assigned beats will include attending meetings at nights and covering spot news
  • Ensure accuracy and objectivity in all news reporting
  • Meet deadlines
  • Serve as positive liaison with the public

Work Schedule: Roughly 45 hours weekly, with some evening and weekend work required.

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing why they are the ideal candidate for the job and a resume documenting journalism experience. Clips should include 3-5 writing samples and 3-5 photos. Links to video or online work is also of interest and will set an applicant apart. Applications without clips of both writing samples and photos will not be considered.

You may apply at under Job Opportunities.