State Affairs, a national, digital news site reporting on state legislatures around the country, is in search of an experienced journalist to cover critical news and policy coming out of the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C.
The reporter will be part of the State Affairs Pro team.
The State Affairs Pro is a platform that provides exclusive coverage of the intricacies of the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of state government as well as state agencies. It is a customizable product that provides reporting analysis and other tools to those political insiders and others who closely follow politics as part of their profession.
About the position
We seek a full-time journalist with significant reporting and writing experience who can produce well-thought out dailies and enterprise stories on the inner workings of state government, state government agencies, policy makers and other movers and shakers. This journalist is also able to turn around a well-written and reported story on a tight deadline.
The successful candidate will be expected to produce two to three stories a day, particularly when the state's Legislature is in session. The reporter will follow committee meetings and other sessions, the governor's office, state legislators and state agencies. The reporter will arrange interviews with government officials and others who can provide information about stories; review copy and correct errors in content, grammar and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines; determine a story’s emphasis, length and format, and organize material accordingly; research and analyze background information related to news stories to be able to provide complete and accurate information; gather information about events through research, interviews, experience or attendance at political, social or other functions; and pitch stories to editors that are relevant to the local community.
This position is NOT remote. The Statehouse reporter will work most days out of the North Carolina State Capitol. Candidates not in Raleigh or the surrounding area must be willing to relocate to the area.
State Affairs offers health benefits and a generous vacation policy.
The salary for this position is $55,000 to $75,000 annually based on experience.
Ability to meet deadline
Pays attention to detail
Strong reporting skills
Familiarity with data-based reporting a plus
Investigative reporting skills a plus
Digital literacy and familiarity with multimedia platforms and methods
Logistical reasoning and objectivity
Familiar with Associated Press style
Adhere to journalism code of ethics
Strong project management and project planning skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with people of all backgrounds
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field preferred
Three to five years of experience as a reporter or editor; government reporting preferred
Join our mission
State Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
How to apply
Send a cover letter and resume with at least three writing samples to Alison Bethel, editor-in-chief and chief content officer, at email@example.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please do not apply if you do not have some journalism experience.
$58,000/yr - $65,000/yr
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $55,000.00 - $75,000.00 per year
Health savings account
Paid time off
Monday to Friday
Weekends as needed
Ability to Relocate:
Raleigh, NC: Relocate before starting work (Required)
Work Location: In person