SummaryWe are seeking a passionate, dynamic voice to be the writer of our flagship newsletters, and to contribute to our accountability reporting on Pennsylvania’s Capitol and urgent statewide issues. The mission of Spotlight PA is 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 U.S., with stories shared across more than 50 partner newsrooms, allowing our journalism to reach Pennsylvanians in all corners.
What you’ll doAs a small, innovative newsroom, our newsletters are crucial to our success, and we continue to strive to differentiate them from other products on the market and include original accountability reporting and content. This editor/reporter will be the lead writer, provide a consistent and compelling voice, and ensure they continue to provide an experience unlike any other offered in the state. The editor/reporter will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our daily and weekly newsletters, as well as contributing big ideas about how we could better serve our readers. At the end of the day, we view our newsletters as another reporting platform, so this position will also involve original reporting and writing of enterprise and investigative journalism to advance our mission of holding the powerful to account.
Who we’re looking forIdeal candidates will have a reporting background and an interest in editing, as well as in developing their voice and engagement with readers of local journalism. An obsession with accuracy and the craft of clean, concise writing and editing is a must. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated and looking for an opportunity that gives them room to experiment and innovate. The best candidates will bring big ideas and a sense of urgency to work each day.
Some other traits we’re interested in seeing include:
Strong attention to detail and organizational skills;
Fluency in foreign languages, particularly Spanish;
Comfort with requesting, scrutinizing, and using data in the reporting process;
Skepticism and a sharp eye for spotting “red flags” that might reveal systemic problems;
Knack for building trust with sources and persuading them to talk on the record;
Passion for journalism that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive;
And respect for colleagues and flexibility to help the team succeed in any way necessary.
Other Things To KnowThis job is full-time and includes benefits. While we’re based in Harrisburg, we will consider candidates who can work remotely from elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Applicants should include a resume, cover letter, and links to journalism or past newsletter experience they feel best exemplifies what we’re seeking.
We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage anyone who shares our passion for accountability journalism and statewide reporting to apply. Spotlight PA is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.