Cardinal News hires enterprising journalists who have the ability to provide context and can connect the dots on stories of regional importance.

We are supported solely through gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals. We do not fill a position until we have secured multi-year funding commitments. We do this because we believe too many journalists have spent the last decade concerned about layoffs instead of storytelling.

While impactful stories are fundamental to everything that we do, we appreciate that more than reporters and editors are needed for a successful, sustainable news business. We welcome inquiries from professionals with development and membership experience.

Open positions

We plan to hire a managing editor, three reporters and a development specialist in the coming months. If you’re interested in one of these positions, let us know. We would enjoy starting a conversation with you now. Send job inquiries to

Managing editor

Cardinal News is looking for a managing editor who can lead a virtual team of reporters, support and coach them through enterprising, impactful stories, and work with our audience development editor to expand the reach of our stories to new audiences.

Read the full job description here.

Please send a resume and cover letter to to apply.

Education reporter (Upcoming position)

Cardinal News is looking for an education writer to cover pre-K through graduate school in Southwest and Southside Virginia. The ideal candidate will understand the money and politics behind education and the ideas and businesses that spin out of higher ed. Our coverage area includes some of the poorest districts with crumbling school buildings to Virginia’s finest universities.

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Health reporter (Upcoming position)

Cardinal News is looking for a reporter to write about the businesses, policies, discoveries and inventions that affect the health of people living in Southwest and Southside Virginia. You will be the only dedicated health reporter in Virginia.

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Technology reporter (Upcoming position)

Cardinal News is looking for a reporter to cover technology and economic development in Southwest and Southside Virginia. Brookings Institution says the New River Valley had the third highest rate of tech workers in the country. This is one of the best uncovered stories in our region. Help us learn about venture capital, innovation and entrepreneurs that are changing our communities.

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Development Specialist (Upcoming position)

Cardinal News is looking for an energetic development specialist who will help us identify new revenue streams and engage with the business community to raise financial support of our journalism. The ideal candidate will understand the role that journalism plays in healthy communities and a healthy economy, and the role that businesses play in supporting journalism.

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Freelancers welcome

Our region is large, the stories are many and even our expanding staff is small. Cardinal News is always interested to hear from experienced freelancers. Do you have a story on politics, culture, or the economy that deserves to be reported on? Is there breaking news we should know about? Or would you like to be considered for an assignment?

Pitch your story and inquire about pay rates at

What’s it like to work for Cardinal News?

Above all else, Cardinal News is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate and will not discriminate in employment, recruitment, board membership, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, or for any other discriminatory reason.

We want our journalists to feel supported in their work. We budget for training and travel and for the tools necessary to tell stories well. We offer competitive pay; holidays; vacation time; health, dental and vision insurance; contributions to health savings accounts; a matching 401k plan and collaborative teammates.

Let us know if you are interested in working with us. If we don’t have a current opening that’s the right fit for you, reach out anyway. We would enjoy starting a conversation to see where it leads. Contact us through