Job Postings

 

For Hire: Missouri senior reporter

The Center Square is seeking a highly motivated, experienced senior reporter to lead our taxpayer-focused coverage of state government and statewide issues in Missouri. We're looking for someone who has both editing and government reporting experience, and a strong interest and understanding of politics and public policy. The Center Square covers government from a taxpayers’ perspective, not from government’s perspective. We hold government officials accountable for their actions and decisions, and inform our readers how those decisions affect them.

The media industry in the U.S. is shrinking, leaving fewer options for readers to digest the decisions made by their state and local government officials. The Center Square, the state-focused reporting division of the non-partisan, non-profit Franklin News Foundation, seeks to fill this journalistic void in Missouri.

This key role will be joining other state news operations as we expand our impact in the states.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Report on state government activity, monitor legislative and policy developments that affect the region, and use public records and databases to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse.
  • Recruit freelance reporters, assign stories to freelance journalists, and edit stories.
  • Promote The Center Square stories to local and regional media partners in the states.
  • Cultivate trusted sources to provide leads on potential stories, including those inside and outside government, think tanks, academia, and the business community.
  • Monitor the state media landscape to identify popular topics and potential media partners.

EXPECTATIONS:

  • Have excellent writing and research abilities, and adhere to Associated Press style.
  • Take direction well, and have the ability to work remotely.
  • Look beyond government-mandated press releases and reports to determine the real impact of policy on taxpayers and job creators.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, political science, or a related field is preferred, and at least five years of government reporting experience.

To apply, please send resume and writing samples Dan McCaleb, executive editor, via email: jobs@franklinnews.org.

For Hire: Radio/Digital Reporter (PT)

Illinois Radio Network/The Center Square is seeking a part-time reporter with at least one year of radio reporting experience, and an interest and understanding of Illinois politics and public policy.

Illinois Radio Network is an award-winning division of The Center Square, a nonpartisan and nonprofit newswire service.

The part-time reporter will work up to 29 hours each week and produce radio/print stories for the network. This position has the potential to be expanded to a full-time role. 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reports on Illinois state government and statewide matters of public interest
  • Reports the news in the following formats: audio, print, video, social media, online.
  • Works collaboratively with other TCS/IRN reporters and editors
  • Writes in a clear, concise and compelling manner.
  • Delivers news on the radio, online and in print.

EXPECTATIONS:

  • High-level collegiate and or professional journalism experience.
  • Experience reporting for print, web, radio, or television outlets.
  • Competent writing, research, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with state governmental issues.
  • Ability to uncover original/breaking news stories.
  • Self-starter mentality and ability to work independently.
To apply, please send resume and audio samples to Regional Editor Brett Rowland and Executive Editor Dan McCaleb via email at jobs@thecentersquare.com.

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