Local government reporter

The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina

Date PostedJune 11, 2019
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
SpecialtyLocal News
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

The Charlotte Observer’s local government reporter has had a central role in some of the biggest stories in North Carolina in recent years, including the controversial House Bill 2 and the recent congressional fraud investigation. That important role will continue. In the year ahead, this reporter will play an integral part in our coverage of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

This is not a traditional local government job. As one of our civic accountability reporters, this person pursues breaking news and exclusive enterprise stories that are essential to readers, hold leaders and institutions accountable and help readers understand the context of events that impact their lives. You’ll still regularly cover government meetings, but the focus should be on matters of wider interest that impact readers, not on government process.  A reporter on this beat should have sources from city hall to Charlotte’s neighborhoods and regularly scoop our competitors. It’s one of the most critical beats in our newsroom and requires strong collaboration with reporters who cover a wide range of topics, including public safety, education and development.

The civic accountability reporters help readers understand government and the decisions that affect their  lives. They understand what is important to readers and hold government leaders accountable for response and resolution. Accountability reporters should regularly use the North Carolina Public Records Law to find potential stories.

The reporter must have a demonstrated commitment to fairness and accuracy, in fact and in tone, and a strong grounding in journalism ethics. He or she must have the ability, or strong desire to develop it, to build reader loyalty, engagement and growth around compelling public service journalism. Reporters are expected to develop a deep understanding of what’s important to readers in Charlotte and North Carolina, and to use that knowledge, as well as digital metrics and social media, to break and report exclusive journalism.

Civic accountability reporters must have the ability to build sources and ferret out facts, as well as the ability to frame and write, shoot and promote a story via search and social media to ensure that it reaches and resonates with our readers.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and clips to Metro editor Ronnie Glassberg at obsjobs@gmail.com. Please include "local government reporter" in the subject line.

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