Carolina Public Press, a statewide nonprofit news organization, seeks a full-time Eastern NC Government Reporter to join its newsroom. The reporter, who will be based in Cumberland County, will monitor county and municipal governments in Cumberland and nearby counties to produce articles focusing on the ways in which government policies affect the lives of residents. This will include routine government coverage, but it will also provide opportunity for in-depth and investigative reporting about these issues. In addition to local governments, the reporter will also write about relevant regional issues involving the U.S. military and other federal and state government entities. Some reporting may also look at the broader perspective of residents statewide. Additional reporting may be assigned. These articles will appear on Carolina Public Press’ website and may appear in other publications through our content-sharing agreements.
Other duties may include appearing at online or public events sponsored by CPP or its affiliated partner organizations and appearing in other media, including radio and TV broadcasts.
A successful candidate has experience with both routine and in-depth government accountability reporting. The journalist should be adept at building local government sources, managing a wide range of contacts within various government entities, analyzing meeting agendas to develop advance stories or plan for meeting coverage, making public records requests and analyzing government documents including financial records. The reporter should also be effective at identifying and articulating the most crucial aspects of local government activity in compelling articles, sometimes writing on tight deadlines. While this job will involve substantial meeting coverage, this reporter will produce insightful reporting about governments beyond what occurs at meetings. The journalist should position all stories from an audience-first perspective and include needed context and connections, versus being a transcriber of government meetings or rewriter of press releases.
The Eastern NC Government Reporter will report to Carolina Public Press’s managing editor. The journalist in this position should reside in Cumberland County. This individual will need to function as part of a remote team, based in different locations throughout the state. They will need to be effective at accepting remote instruction and constructive criticism, as well as communicating effectively with the managing editor and other news team members to coordinate coverage.
This is a full-time position. Compensation depends on experience.
Employs an active writing style that clearly presents and explains government issues in a way that engages readers.
Ability to build a network of sources in multiple locations across Cumberland County and the surrounding region.
Willingness to take direction from and communicate effectively with CPP’s editors and organizational leadership.
Ability to handle deadlines and balance multiple projects at once.
Have reliable transportation across the coverage region, a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
Demonstrate understanding of basic grammar, spelling and AP style.
Exercises strong news judgment.
Basic understanding of relevant media law to pursue access to records and meetings while avoiding risk of libel.
Must be able to handle constructive criticism from editors in a professional manner that will contribute to improvements in work over time.
Works well with CPP team members to accept and contribute constructive ideas for the benefit of the organization and its readers.
Should be able to represent CPP professionally in conduct and appearance while reporting, at events or in other media.
A college degree is preferred, along with at least 3 years of reporting experience, preferably on local governments in North Carolina. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.