|Date Posted||May 09, 2022|
PublicSource.org is seeking a reporter to cover economic development issues in the Pittsburgh area. The ideal candidate has the ability to produce ongoing and enterprise journalism about the issues, policies and people that influence both the built environment and the human capital of the Pittsburgh area. We are a collaborative newsroom dedicated to facts, excellence, diverse voices and the pursuit of transparency.
Economic development is one of PublicSource's most important beats. After decades of decline following the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh's transformation into a hub for education, medicine, technology and finance have earned national attention, as has its purported status as one of America's "most livable" cities. But redevelopment has been wildly uneven, and equity issues abound in both fast-growing and struggling communities. Notably, affordable housing has gone from surplus to scarcity.
While PublicSource's development reporter is expected to keep an eye on several agencies and commissions, this beat is about much more than covering the meetings. Reporters are expected to get out into communities in which change is occurring and develop street-level enterprise stories as well as data-informed big-picture articles.
The ideal candidate will have:
Some experience or documentable interest in writing about economic development.
A curious mind with an ability to identify trends and craft strong narratives.
Adept interviewing skills: This reporter will need to talk to high-level officials and neighborhood residents.
Ability to work independently under deadlines and juggle a variety of assignments.
A dedication to telling stories creatively, experimenting with formats and writing clean, factual drafts.
Some proficiency - or at least interest - in working with data and public records.
A dedication to broader team goals. Our team collaborates on many levels, from producing strong visuals and developing promotion plans for our stories to evaluating audience engagement and hosting events.
The salary range for this position is $45,000-$55,000.
PublicSource has an office in Pittsburgh and operates in a hybrid work environment.
PublicSource offers paid vacation time leave and sick days, a 401(k) match, a health plan, competitive paid parental leave and professional development opportunities. PublicSource is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply, including but not limited to people of color, people who are LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities. To learn more about what it’s like to work with PublicSource, please visit this page.
Are you interested? Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and clips to email@example.com by May 31. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.