Human Connections Reporter

Montclair Local Nonprofit News

Montclair, New Jersey

Date Posted May 13, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time
Salary $40,000 to $45,000


Montclair Local is seeking a full-time reporter for its Human Connections beat.

The Human Connections reporter’s job is to seek out stories that start with people, not institutions and meeting schedules — but will often involve discussions of how structures and systems are (or aren’t) serving the needs of Montclair’s diverse community.

The reporter focuses on the struggles, triumphs, solutions, artistic expression and culture of Montclair. The reporter’s job is not to give voice to the voiceless — but to turn an ear toward those whose voices can and must be amplified, in the service of reflecting a complex and varied community equitably.

We’re a small operation, so the reporter must also need to be nimble and flexible enough to jump into breaking news at any time, and may carve out other beats that are explored with an approach that incorporates the priorities described above. To date, that's involved significant reporting on arts and business — Montclair has a vibrant community of locally owned businesses, key to the town's character and vitality — and how both intersect with the lived experience of those in Montclair.

Most weeks, the reporter will produce between three and eight news or feature stories (depending on the needs of the week and depth of the stories), reflecting the principles and priorities described here.

The reporter will also help prepare community announcements and other material specific to, as a shared responsibility with other members of the reporting and editing staff.

The reporter will take ownership of the presentation their material online — writing strong headlines, seeking out or creating accompanying art and multimedia and positioning it on social platforms.

The reporter may also play a role with some community-facing events and engagement efforts on behalf of the news organization.

A reporter in this role will demonstrate and develop:

Previous experience with data reporting, multimedia and sophisticated use of online tools is a big plus, but not a prerequisite for applying.

This position is a full-time role, with benefits including health insurance and a Simple IRA. The salary range is $40-45,000, depending on experience. Candidates of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans and women are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a resume and samples of journalistic writing — from other publications, classwork or similar experience — to

Montclair Local Nonprofit News, Inc. (Montclair Local) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at Montclair Local are based upon one’s qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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