Crystal Lake, IL

Shaw Media, the No. 1 provider of local news in northern Illinois, is looking for a self-driven web-savvy news reporter who wants to break stories and dream big on what our newsroom can accomplish. 

Our company operates seven daily newspapers and many weekly papers around the region, and we focus on having the first, best, and the most coverage of important local stories. Our focus is on growing our digital subscriber base. We concentrate on keeping our subscribers engaged by updating our website promptly with the day’s breaking news, while also digging deep into what matters to Illinois residents.

About This Opportunity:

We have a community news reporter opening in Crystal Lake and are eager to find a reporter who can develop local sources and cover a range of local news stories, from business to politics to breaking news. Enterprise work is a priority, balancing day-to-day coverage with stories that zoom out to show the big picture.

This is a fast-paced role that requires turning around stories quickly and accurately while reporting from around the area. Our reporters are expected to generate their own story ideas and field assignments from editors and use analytics to determine the stories that generate the most interest from our audience. We cover the communities in our markets better than anyone and plan to continue to expand our footprint. You will meet people, see things, and have an opportunity to use your creativity daily. 

The ideal applicant will be someone with excellent writing skills who can show our readers why the news is important to their lives. The ability to shoot photographs and videos when necessary is needed, as is an understanding of the importance of social media in serving our digital audience.


  • A college degree in journalism or a related field
  • One-year professional reporting experience or solid internship experience
  • Solid knowledge of AP Style and grammar
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation, and proof of insurance.

About Shaw Media:

Shaw Media publishes over 150 titles in Illinois and Iowa. Its holdings include websites, newspapers, magazines, and a digital marketing services division. Founded in Dixon, Illinois, Shaw Media has been privately owned by the Shaw family since its inception in 1851.

Enjoy the Rewards of Working Among the Best:

In return for your contributions to our success, Shaw Media offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and 401(k) with company match.

Apply Today!

Ours is a company with ambitious goals and an eye to the future. If you’d like to join us, please apply. Submit a cover letter, along with your resume and 3-5 samples of your best work:

Shaw Media – Human Resources

c/o News Reporter NWH

P.O. Box 250

Crystal Lake, IL 60039

Shaw Media is an Equal Opportunity and Drug-free Employer. 

Pre-employment background check including motor vehicle record and drug screen required. 

This posting may not include all duties of the position. 


Job Category: Editorial
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Crystal Lake