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Reporter, Spokane Valley & Eastern Washington

The Center Square

Spokane, WA or Virtual in Washington/Idaho

https://talentmarket.org/centersquare-wa-reporter/


About The Center Square

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.

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 Center Square is staffed by editors and reporters with extensive professional journalism experience. We engage readers with essential news, data and analysis – delivered with velocity, frequency and consistency.

About the Role

The Center Square is seeking a highly motivated, experienced reporter to lead our taxpayer-focused coverage of issues in the Spokane Valley and Eastern Washington. 

The ideal candidate is a passionate, ethical journalist and hands-on professional who will participate in the team’s planning processes, ensuring its short- and long-term execution, and lead our efforts to report on, curate and share the region’s most relevant daily and enterprise news content across multiple platforms. 

The preferred location for this position is in Spokane, Washington. However, the Center Square will consider candidates based elsewhere in Washington or Idaho who can occasionally travel to the Spokane Valley.

Responsibilities

  • Report on government activity in Spokane and the region with taxpayers front of mind, monitor government activity and policy developments that affect the region, and use public records and databases to ferret out waste,

  • Work with Washington state team to build a dynamic daily news report that would be of interest to newspapers and other media outlets in the state.

  • 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, unions and the business community

  • Monitor the state media landscape to identify popular topics and potential media partners

Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of journalism experience, including reporting in print and web 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher 

  • Passionate about The Center Square’s mission

  • Background in journalism or journalistic functions

  • Strong written, investigative, editing and verbal communication skills

  • Familiarity with government policy issues

  • Ability to uncover original stories and break them

  • Entrepreneurial approach and ability to work independently

  • Excellent, proactive communicator

  • Demonstrated understanding of planning and budgeting processes

  • Ability to travel on an as-needed basis, including regionally when called upon

  • Strong commitment to the principles of personal responsibility and free enterprise

Application Process

To apply, qualified should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume

  • A cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in the organization and how your background matches the responsibilities

  • A writing sample


Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/


There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. 


Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Network Engagement Strategist at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: stephanie@talentmarket.org.


While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.


Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.



Freelance journalists

The Center Square is seeking freelance journalists to cover state government and statewide issues from a taxpayer's perspective in states across the country, including Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Alabama and elsewhere.

We're looking for individuals who have government reporting experience, and a strong interest and understanding of public policy and how policy decisions in state capitals affect taxpayers back home.

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.

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

 

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