Carolina Public Press, a statewide nonprofit newsroom, seeks a Western NC Public Service Reporter to produce in-depth and investigative journalism regarding local governments across an 18-county region of Western North Carolina. A key early coverage focus will be how governments have handled funds disbursed to them for pandemic relief and the impact of those funds. Stories will offer an audience-first perspective and include needed context and connections, versus mere transcription of government meetings. Additional duties may be assigned.
A successful candidate has experience with government accountability reporting. The journalist should be comfortable in analyzing financial records and government authorization procedures, as well as issuing public records requests to local governments. The journalist should also be effective at interviewing local and state government officials and local residents or leaders of local NGOs affected by government policies.
The Western NC Public Service Reporter will report to Carolina Public Press’ managing editor.
Compensation depends on experience.
Employs an active writing style that clearly presents and explains government financial issues in a way that engages readers.
Can build a network of sources in multiple locations across a multi-county region.
Willing to take direction from and communicate effectively with the managing editor and organizational leadership.
Able to handle deadlines and balance multiple projects at once.
Has reliable transportation across the coverage region, a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
Understands basic grammar, spelling and AP style.
Exercises strong news judgment.
Understands basics of relevant media law to pursue access to records and meetings while avoiding risk of libel.
Able to handle constructive criticism from editors, contributing to improvements over time.
Works well with team members to accept and contribute constructive ideas for the benefit of the organization and its readers.
Represents 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. Must reside in or be willing to relocate to the Western North Carolina coverage area. The journalist will have flexibility to work remotely or out of the CPP Asheville office. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.