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City government reporter

The Lens, an online public-interest newsroom, has the kind of job opening any investigative reporter will love: digging into government accountability issues and making a difference in New Orleans.

The position involves covering City Hall and the more than 145 different satellite government boards and commissions, each with the ability to spend and misspend public money.

We’re looking for a reporter with at least five years of experience, a thick skin, insatiable curiosity, an active Twitter presence and an inability to take “no” for an answer when looking for public information. You should have a history of document- and data-driven journalism. We want someone who knows what it means to work for an online-first publication, taking advantage of the tools the web has to offer. We’re not interested in someone who just looks at newspaper-style publishing that happens online; you need to be familiar with web-native publications.

We have traditional investigative-reporting values and standards, and we work to marry them with new and emerging web publishing practices and features.

Primarily, you will produce a couple of daily items each week while simultaneously working on at least one in-depth piece a month. We look where others don’t, filling the gaps left by the retracting legacy media. Our stories don’t just identify problems, but also seek to find out how others have solved similar problems elsewhere.

You must have the ability to prosecute your own stories, question your assumptions and know when a story is ready for publication.

Our reporters are frequently asked to appear with our television and radio partners, or take part in live panel discussions, so you should be comfortable speaking in public. We’re a small shop, and you’ll be expected to work as part of our team, promoting the work of colleagues and the brand of The Lens overall.

You need to have a car and a smart phone – and be equally willing to use each for reporting. And you will be required to have a home Internet connection.

We offer a decent salary and great benefits, but keep in mind that we’re a nonprofit and can’t necessarily match the pay of major news operations.

We’re looking to make this happen quickly. Please send your resume, cover letter and clips to editor Steve Beatty,, by March 15.