Breaking News Staff Writer

Lee Enterprises Inc   Tulsa, OK   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on September 8, 2022
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Breaking news staff writers work to cover crime, courts and other news that breaks to produce our daily news report online at and for the Tulsa World print edition. This position is a staff writer for the news department and will also include some general assignment reporting. This person should be able to report from scenes, write developing stories and meet deadlines, shoot video, use social media effectively, and work with photographers and editors to complete assignments. The shift for this position is evenings Monday through Friday.


The following are the duties and expectations for staff writers at the Tulsa World in its mission to inform and inspire its community with important and relevant journalism.

  1. Work to be in the right position to produce exclusive, emotionally appealing and accurate stories.
  2. Do the reporting and take the time necessary to give our community a unique perspective on a story.
  3. Develop and maintain professional judgment in the process reporting and writing.
  4. Represent the Tulsa World in a professional and courteous manner, and always project a professional image in the community.
  5. Look for opportunities for video/multimedia and whenever possible report in those ways, too.
  6. Effectively complete assignments from editors by the required deadline.
  7. Work with photographers to help gather information to best tell the story.
  8. File stories early from breaking news assignments so they can quickly appear on
  9. Work on at least one recurring project that can be published online and in print on a regular basis.
  10. Pitch story ideas on a regular basis to editors.
  11. Establish contacts in the community for stories you are working on and what could be future stories.
  12. Write all stories so they are accurate and detailed with proper spellings that follow AP & Tulsa World style.
  13. Share stories, photos and links to galleries on professional social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter on every major assignment to promote your work and the Tulsa World.
  14. Maintain and engage with those who interact with your work on social media.
  15. Read the Tulsa World and other news sources to stay in the know on stories, trends and opportunities for future stories.


Bachelor's degree, preferably in Journalism, Mass Communications, Strategic Communications or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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 leading provider of high-quality local news, with 77 daily newspapers in 26 states that have print, digital and e-replica versions. Lee's newspapers have a combined circulation of more than 1.2 million daily. Our digital sites attract more than 44 million unique visits monthly. We also have a rapidly growing roster of digital products for consumers, and are committed to aggressive digital growth.

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.