What’sUpNewp, a locally-owned and independent online news publisher, is looking for a reporter to join our growing team.

The Local Government Reporter will cover what’s happening in government and politics across Aquidneck Island- meetings, zoning, planning, and more. This reporter will also be expected to cover breaking news in those topics, write daily stories, and to cover local stories across all of our platforms (website, social media, etc).

Who You Might Be

  • You have solid news judgment, creative story ideas, and a collaborative spirit.
  • You have excellent writing skills.
  • You have the ability to juggle several stories at once.
  • You are fluent in social media and digital story forms.
  • You are able to look beyond the agenda of a meeting and find the story that’s relevant to What’sUpNewp readers and residents of Aquidneck Island.

If you don’t cross off all the boxes above, it’s ok – still apply. We’re willing to train and work with the right person.

The Fine Details

The Local Government Reporter is a paid contract position. The Pay Range is between $25 – $35 an hour. The reporter will work a flexible part-time schedule. The ability to attend city and town meetings at night is a must.

What’sUpNewp is an equal opportunity employer.


If you’re interested in applying or learning more, please email us at ryan@whatsupnewp.com. Tell us why you’re interested in the position and include anything that best tells the story about you and your experience.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.