Capitol Reporter

Spotlight PA

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Date Posted May 12, 2021
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


We are seeking a passionate reporter to cover Pennsylvania’s Capitol from Harrisburg for Spotlight PA, an award-winning independent newsroom focused on urgent statewide issues. The mission of Spotlight PA is simple: to hold powerful private and public forces to account by producing journalism that gets results and serves the public good. This Capitol reporter is crucial to bolstering our team’s work, as well as leading coverage for local newsrooms across the state. Spotlight PA has the largest collaborative network of its kind in the United States, with stories shared across 67 partners, allowing our journalism to reach Pennsylvanians in all corners.

What You’ll Do
This reporter will help lead Spotlight PA’s legislative coverage, which will include writing dailies on hearings, bills, and press conferences. This person will also be given time to go beneath the surface to examine the politics behind the day’s most-pressing issues and how they affect Pennsylvanians. Since Spotlight PA focuses on accountability reporting, this reporter will be expected to build sources and scrutinize policies through the power players and special interests around them, as well as monitor legislative actions provoked by Spotlight PA’s own reporting. This beat is a good and manageable mix of daily and enterprise coverage, supported by an excitable team that is intensely familiar with the state’s bureaucracies.

Who We’re Looking For
Ideal candidates will have covered politics or governmental agencies, with clips that show ability to report beyond daily motions, confidence in their capacity to build sources from scratch, and a desire to or experience with requesting public records. We want someone who persistently pitches stories, who is interested in writing short-term and long-term, and who can keep several projects cooking at one time. The best candidates will bring big ideas and a sense of urgency to work each day, and be eager to work with Spotlight PA’s team of like-minded reporters.

Some other ideal traits, though not essential:

This job is full-time, based in Harrisburg, and includes benefits. Applicants should include a resume, cover letter, and links to journalism they feel best exemplifies what we’re seeking.

We are aware that no one will fit exactly what we’ve described. Our bottom line is that we want to hear from anyone who shares our passion for accountability journalism and legislative reporting. Since Spotlight PA is so new, the team is taking advantage of its ability to actively reconstruct the DNA of newsrooms. This, in part, includes respecting and encouraging reporters who bring their own ideas about journalism to the team, as well as providing the space, time, and resources to help execute them. We strongly encourage anyone who will take this position and run with it to apply.

Spotlight PA is powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLive/The Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media.