Versatile sports journalist needed

The Yakima Herald-Republic sports department, a consistent winner in the APSE’s annual contest, has an immediate opening for a versatile journalist on its full-time staff.

The position will be responsible for the designing the sports section once or twice a week, producing content for both print and digital platforms, and maintenance of the sports section of The ideal candidate should be a strong word editor and page designer, have reporting and writing skills, and be able to balance several tasks in a fast-paced environment.

Proficiency with the Adobe family of products — including InDesign, InCopy and Photoshop — is highly recommended. Social media, videography and website production skills also are desirable. This position works nights and weekends, with some holiday shifts. The ability to read and speak Spanish is a plus.

The Herald-Republic is a 25,000-circulation daily in Central Washington’s Yakima Valley, a leading agricultural area known for its apples and other signature crops. The Yakima Valley also is one of the top worldwide producers of hops and is a hub for all things beer, and the area accounts for more than one-third of the state’s yearly wine production.

The climate is much drier than Seattle (two-plus hours west of Yakima) and the area has four distinct seasons, making it desirable to all types of outdoors enthusiasts. The weather and facilities also make the Yakima Valley the site for many state high school tournaments (including multiple basketball, baseball and softball events) as well as home to a West Coast League baseball team.

The Herald-Republic is part of the family-owned Seattle Times Co., which values diversity in the workplace as well as in its coverage. Applicants should submit a formal letter explaining what they have to offer this position, a résumé, a list of references, and work samples. Applications should be sent to Sports Editor Jerrel Swenning, at or 114 N. Fourth St., P.O. Box 9668, Yakima, WA 98909.