Northwest Louisiana reporter

The Center Square

Shreveport, Louisiana

Date Posted June 05, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time


The Center Square is seeking a highly motivated, experienced reporter to lead our taxpayer-focused coverage of government and other issues in Northwest Louisiana. We're looking for someone who has government reporting experience, and a strong interest and understanding of politics and public policy. The Center Square covers government from a taxpayers’ perspective, not from government’s perspective. We hold government officials accountable for their actions and decisions, and inform our readers how those decisions affect them.

The media industry in the U.S. is shrinking, leaving fewer options for readers to digest the decisions made by their state and local government officials. The Center Square, the state-focused reporting division of the non-partisan, non-profit Franklin News Foundation, seeks to fill this journalistic void in northwest Louisiana, with a particular focus on the Shreveport and Caddo Parish region.

This key role will be joining other state news operations as we expand our impact in the states.


  • Report on local and regional government activity, monitor legislative and policy developments that affect the region, and use public records and databases to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse.
  • Promote The Center Square stories to local and regional media partners in the states.
  • Cultivate trusted sources to provide leads on potential stories, including those inside and outside government, think tanks, academia, and the business community.
  • Monitor the state media landscape to identify popular topics and potential media partners.


  • Have excellent writing and research abilities, and adhere to Associated Press style.
  • Take direction well, and be willing to learn from The Center Square's experienced editors and other journalists.
  • Live in the region. Meet sources both inside and outside of government.
  • Look beyond government-mandated press releases and reports to determine the real impact of policy on taxpayers and job creators.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, political science, or a related field is preferred, and at least two years of government reporting experience.

To apply, please send resume and writing samples Dan McCaleb, executive editor, via email:

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