City Hall & Neighborhoods Reporter

Houston Landing

Houston, Texas

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Date Posted February 24, 2023
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Local News
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $80,000 to $85,000


The Houston Landing is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to advance democracy in our communities and strengthen the lives of all Houstonians one story at a time. Houston Landing is an independent, nonpartisan digital news operation that will cover a broad range of topics serving the Greater Houston community. This initiative will be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Houston Landing is a nonprofit, initially supported by a coalition of three of Houston’s leading philanthropies including Arnold Ventures, The Houston Endowment and the Kinder Foundation.

At Houston Landing, we are expanding our Newsroom team to include a City Hall and Neighborhoods Reporter responsible for telling important, timely and engaging stories about Houston’s city government and how its decisions affect everyday Houstonians. This position is full time and will be based in Houston.

What you’ll do:

  • You’ll cover important and interesting news that emerges from one of the most critical and competitive beats in Texas. These stories will range from compelling breaking news that needs to be written quickly to enterprise or feature stories that might take a week or more of reporting.
  • You’ll work with members of the newsroom to adeptly tell these stories in a variety of ways — traditional articles, videos, photo slideshows and online interactives. You and your supervisors will decide which format fits each story best.
  • You’ll routinely attend city council meetings, town halls and other types of events to find sources and story ideas. You’ll visit neighborhoods and find stories about people who are affected by the decisions made in these meetings.
  • You will align your beat coverage around one of our key pillars: producing stories that offer solutions and improve civic engagement.
  • You will ensure your reporting prioritizes community information needs and includes diverse perspectives.
  • You’ll work with your editor and the audience team to promote a social media strategy and determine how best to reach our key audiences.

Who you are

  • You have five or more years of journalism experience with a track record of doing enterprise and accountability reporting.
  • You have experience using multiple digital platforms to tell a story.
  • You have a flexible attitude that allows you to thrive at a digital startup and think creatively.
  • You are a curious, organized person who is always on the lookout for good story ideas and who knows how to stay on task to make those stories a reality.
  • You are committed to our mission of finding a new path for quality journalism.
  • You have a collaborative spirit, strong communication skills and a willingness to listen to diverse perspectives.
  • You’re committed to accuracy and meeting deadlines.


  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • 401(k)
  • Healthcare 100% premium paid for employee and 50% for dependents
  • 20 vacation days
  • Ten sick days
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Hybrid work policy (initially we all work together to build culture)
  • Stipend for development / learning

We’re committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities.