Newsletter Writer/Reporter

Spotlight PA

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Date Posted March 13, 2023
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary $65,000 to $70,000


Spotlight PA is seeking a passionate, dynamic voice to write our flagship newsletters. 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. Spotlight PA has the largest collaborative local journalism network of its kind in the United States, with stories shared across dozens of partner newsrooms, allowing our vital investigative and public-service reporting to reach Pennsylvanians in all corners. 

What you’ll do: The newsletter writer will report to Spotlight PA’s Lead Editor, News Products. Their primary responsibilities will be:

  • Writing PA Post — Spotlight PA’s daily newsletter — on Sunday and Thursday.

  • Contributing to The Investigator, Spotlight PA’s weekly investigative journalism newsletter.

  • Contributing to and reporting original stories for PA Local, Spotlight PA’s lighter-side weekly newsletter. 

  • Contributing to Spotlight PA’s weekly news quiz. 

This person will work a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday schedule. 

Who we’re looking for: We’re looking for writers with a consistent and compelling voice, who can provide our readers unique insights about the state. We view our newsletters as another reporting platform, so this position will involve original reporting and writing to advance our mission of holding the powerful to account and illuminating Pennsylvania for all who live here.

Ideal candidates will have a writing, reporting, or journalism background, as well as an interest in developing their voice and engaging with readers of local journalism. An obsession with accuracy and the craft of clean, concise writing is a must. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated and looking for an opportunity that gives them room to experiment and innovate.

This job is full-time, includes benefits, and is remote, though a home base in Pennsylvania is strongly preferred. This position is budgeted for a salary from $65,000-$70,000, depending on experience. Applicants should submit a resume and one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:

  • What newsletters do you subscribe to? What do you think makes a newsletter a must read?

  • What does your daily news diet look like? Which outlets do you read every day, and why? 

  • Please link to one news story about Pennsylvania written between December 2022 and March 2023 and explain in two to three sentences why it’s important for people statewide to read it. 

Note that the application portal is managed by The Philadelphia Inquirer, but Spotlight PA operates as an independent newsroom.

We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. Spotlight PA is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage people from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities.