Mountain State Spotlight, a nonprofit news organization, is looking for a curious journalist to expand our coverage of environmental issues, energy and worker safety and health.
In this position, you’ll work to tell the untold stories of West Virginia communities grappling with decades of legacy pollution, a changing energy landscape and economic realities, climate change and far too little attention paid to worker health and safety. You’ll follow the promises of elected officials, who have often doubled-down on encouraging the state’s extractive industries, to the detriment of the land, people and economy. You’ll show the human toll of these legacy industries — from federal violations of workplace safety at coal mines and chemical plants to black lung disease. And you will help our readers navigate West Virginia’s still-evolving role in the remaking of the nation’s energy industries.
The successful candidate will be able to juggle stories of multiple complexities, giving our readers a steady pace of different types of stories on these topics of great importance to West Virginians.
You should be familiar with Freedom of Information Act requests, a proficient writer and skilled at using sources to uncover unique stories. Data reporting skills and familiarity with data visualization tools would be helpful, as is experience with audio journalism and photography.
Creative storytelling is a must. So is an ability to interview and respectfully interact with people from all different backgrounds and economic circumstances.
West Virginia is a small state that’s facing serious challenges and expanding news deserts, but offers huge opportunities for reporters who want their work to make a difference. With one of the largest news reporting staffs in the state, Mountain State Spotlight is committed to using journalism to keep government, business and other institutions accountable. We’re passionate about this work, and using it to make our community a better place.
And while we are committed to growing and developing the local talent pool and strongly encourage West Virginians to apply for this and all of our jobs, we welcome the opportunity to introduce our beautiful Mountain State to people who haven’t yet been lucky enough to live here.
You’re a good fit if you:
Our newsroom, in an historic building redesigned to Mountain State Spotlight’s specifications, is based in Charleston in the middle of an exciting neighborhood with lots of opportunities for eating, shopping and socializing. We will consider remote work locations within West Virginia for the right candidate.
Founded in March 2020, Mountain State Spotlight went from pitch to publish in less than six months — in the midst of a raging global pandemic. Once we fill this position, we will have 13 employees. We have a plan to continue expanding our coverage, including bureaus across the state, to fill in growing information gaps as West Virginia’s legacy media continues to decline.
Do you love the sound of this job, but you don’t quite check all of these boxes? Do you have skills we haven’t thought of yet? Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, veterans, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
Compensation and benefits
To apply or to ask questions, email email@example.com. Please send us a resume, three work samples and a cover letter that tells us why you are right for Mountain State Spotlight’s team.
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