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 and affect 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.

 

Reporter is expected to develop impactful, engaging coverage 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 work. They are also are 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 to all of their work. Lastly, they will closely collaborate with the video and social teams and think creatively about storytelling across platforms.  

 

This position reports to the Managing Editor, The Keystone. This position is based in Pennsylvania but is open to candidates who are not based in the state capital, Harrisburg. 


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

  • Pitch, report and write 2-3 commodity/enterprise stories per week (500 – 1,000 words), focusing on how federal and state policies affect the lives of people across the US
  • Pitch and write 2-5 aggregated or blog pieces per day
  • Pitch and participate in regular, magazine-style series that dig deeper into the important political and policy issues facing the state
  • Develop articles with a mind on how that work will best reach readers on multiple social media platforms
  • Write copy to engage readers with your stories on social media platforms
  • Record video and take photos when possible to help tell stories that grab attention on social media
  • Work with the video team to translate written editorial pieces to video and help script when needed

 

The ideal candidate will have/be: 

 

  • 3-5 years experience in a newsroom environment, pitching, reporting and writing articles and covering events on a deadline
  • Passionate about following national and state politics and major policy battles
  • Experienced and enthusiastic about producing social media to accompany reported work
  • Able to manage time and multi-task under tight deadlines
  • An interest of prior experience in a fast-growth startup environment

 

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