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Investigative reporter

Job Summary

Spotlight PA, an award-winning, independent, and nonpartisan newsroom focused on urgent statewide issues, is seeking a passionate accountability reporter to join our team. The mission of Spotlight PA is simple: to hold powerful private and public forces to account by producing journalism that gets results and serves the public good. Spotlight PA has the largest collaborative network of its kind in the United States, with stories shared across more than 70 partner newsrooms, allowing our journalism to reach Pennsylvanians in all corners.

What You’ll Do
-- Build a beat around labor issues, the environment, or other under-covered aspects of Pennsylvania state government.
-- Take the time to go beneath the surface to examine the inner workings of powerful institutions, and the policies and practices around them.
-- Build sources and scrutinize policies through the power players and special interests around them, as well as monitor related legislation and legislative committees.
-- Regularly uncover and write stories on investigative issues that are otherwise getting little to no attention, supported by an excited team that is intensely familiar with the state’s bureaucracies.
-- Occasional daily reporting.

Who We’re Looking For
-- Experience reporting on local, regional, or state agencies, with clips that show an ability to report beyond daily motions, build sources from scratch to break new ground, and aggressively fight for and use public records.
-- Someone who can penetrate guarded and closed-off institutions, persistently pitch stories, and keep several projects of varying lengths cooking at one time.
-- Candidates will bring big ideas and a sense of urgency to work each day, and be eager to work with Spotlight PA’s team of like-minded reporters.

Additional Recommendations
-- Fluency in foreign languages, particularly Spanish;
-- A comfort with requesting, scrutinizing, and using data in the reporting process.

This job is full-time, based anywhere in Pennsylvania, and includes benefits.

We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to submit an application, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.


Organization: Spotlight PA
Location: Harrisburg PA US
Date Posted: July 21, 2021
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