Date Posted June 18, 2024
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Politics
Job Status Full-time

Description:

Join the Florida Phoenix as Senior Reporter and give readers hard-hitting government coverage that connects state policy to people across the Sunshine State.

 

The Florida Phoenix is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that covers state government, politics, and policy. It is staffed by veteran reporters and is dedicated to its mission of daily and enterprise journalism that sheds light on how decisions are made in Tallahassee and how they affect people from Pensacola to the Keys.

Part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news network, the Phoenix believes in empowering journalists to do powerful, ambitious work that supports the ability of all Floridians to participate in the political process. We aim to tell stories that aren’t being told, to bring fresh perspectives to state issues and to amplify the voices of Florida communities that have been marginalized.

Based in Tallahassee, the Senior Reporter will thrive in a collaborative culture, possess great news judgment, and demonstrate the ability to develop a beat to create compelling, engaging journalism. This journalist will cover the Florida courts, related agencies and judicial elections, and other assignments. They will produce daily and enterprise stories, take photos, and share content on social media.

The ideal candidate will know how to track trending topics and hold officials accountable through deep source building and public records requests. Their reporting will take readers beyond press releases, providing a deeper understanding of the issues.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Produce regular, high-quality reporting on Florida courts and officials
  • Contribute regularly to the Phoenix briefs section
  • Generate story ideas with the editor
  • Pursue story leads, both self-generated and as assigned, with self-direction and solid news judgment
  • Approach assignments on deadline with strong communication and follow through with the editor and colleagues
  • Collaborate with other reporters and assist with research and pertinent knowledge when/if available
  • Fill in when the editor is out
  • Help increase digital profile of the outlet
  • Take photos and occasional video to illustrate and amplify stories

 

QUALIFICATIONS

We’re looking for candidates with at least seven years professional news reporting and/or editing experience, sound news judgment, flexibility, and the ability to manage ongoing and short-term projects with strong attention to detail and accuracy. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. States Newsroom journalists are expected to produce at least four posts per week.

Authorization to work in the United States is required. All States Newsroom employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of hire.

The minimum salary for this position is $70,000 and rises with experience. Relocation stipend will be considered. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • Premium-free platinum health care for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
  • Four weeks of vacation per year
  • Two weeks of personal leave per year
  • 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • $200 cell phone replacement benefit every two years
  • $75 monthly fitness benefit
  • 401K with up to 3% match
  • 12 weeks of parental leave
  • Full-service EAP
  • Annual DeleteMe subscription

Laptop and any necessary equipment will be provided by States Newsroom.

 

ABOUT OUR CULTURE

States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but not at the expense of burning out its employees. We are supportive, exciting, welcoming and positive. We believe in creating sustainable careers for journalists on the crucial state government beat.

States Newsroom’s mission is to connect people to the power that shapes their daily lives through relentless reporting and incisive commentary on state government and policy. Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission.

At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. We are always working to better represent our communities and are supported in these efforts by a network-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice committee.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, send a cover letter, resume with three professional references, and at least three links or clips to jobs@statesnewsroom.com.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at JournalismJobs.com.