Reporter, The Keystone

Editorial · Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Department Editorial
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

At Courier Newsroom, we empower individuals and communities through local reporting that helps people understand the issues impacting their lives. We believe that by investing in the work of local journalists across the country we can positively impact civic participation and build a healthier democracy from the ground up. Through original reporting and human-focused storytelling, we highlight the issues and forces that shape our lives while calling attention to the impacts of policy-making and political action at the local level. 

 

The Keystone is a new local news site for Pennsylvania and part of the Courier Newsroom network. Facts and first-hand sources are our north star, and we work to expose misinformation in all its forms. We believe the key to a strong democracy is an informed electorate and that the decline of local news around the country has negatively impacted civic engagement. We are investing in local journalism and storytelling that is thoughtful, informative, and relevant. Through original reporting and human-focused storytelling, we highlight the issues and forces that shape our lives while calling attention to the impacts of policy-making and political action at the local level.


A Reporter is expected to develop impactful, engaging coverage of labor issues across the state through careful reporting and creative storytelling. The ideal candidate will have experience developing diverse sourcing and approaching content in a variety of formats and styles. They will be responsible for writing short aggregated posts and explainers, longer-lead reporting, and enterprise pieces. They are also expected to be able to explain complicated policies to readers outside of the state, find unique angles into political events, and provide depth and context in all of their work. Lastly, they will collaborate with the video and social teams and think creatively about storytelling across platforms.  

 

This position reports to the Managing Editor, The Keystone. This remote position is based in Pennsylvania, and is open to candidates who live in various parts of the state. Candidates from outside of the state should provide a clear plan for moving into the state. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Pitching, reporting and writing 1-2 commodity/enterprise stories per week (500 – 1,000 words), focusing on how federal and state policies affect the lives of people across Pennsylvania
  • Pitching and writing 1-3 aggregated or blog pieces per day
  • Pitching and participating in regular, magazine-style series that dig deeper into the important political and policy issues facing the state
  • Developing articles with a mind on how that work will best reach readers on multiple social media platforms
  • Recording video and taking photos when possible to help tell stories that grab attention on social media
  • Working with the video team to translate written editorial pieces to video and help script when needed
  • Using personal/professional social media accounts to engage with readers, identify sources, find stories, and share stories

 

The ideal candidate will have: 

 

  • 3-5 years experience in a newsroom environment, pitching, reporting, and writing articles and covering events on a deadline, with at least some of that experience being in a newsroom in Pennsylvania
  • An active presence on one or more of these social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube
  • An interest in, or prior experience, working in a fast-growth startup environment


The idea candidate will be: 

  • Passionate about following national and state politics and major policy battles
  • Experienced and enthusiastic about producing social media posts to share and discuss reported work
  • Able to manage time and multi-task under tight deadlines
  • Comfortable communicating with their manager and colleagues remotely

 

Courier Newsroom offers a competitive benefits package including a full suite of health benefits, paid time off, and flexible working arrangements.

 

Courier Newsroom is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly urged to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.


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  • Location
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Department
    Editorial
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced