State political reporter

Posted On: October 19, 2017

Journalism Job

Media Organization: The Center for Public Integrity

Company Description

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

Job Description

State political reporter


The Pulitzer Prize-winning Center for Public Integrity seeks an energetic, motivated and creative reporter to work on our state politics project in Washington, D.C.

The reporter will develop, research, report and write stories on a variety of topics with a specific focus on the state-level influence game. He or she will gather and analyze data, build source networks and generate original reporting for quick-turn stories and in-depth investigative pieces such as our award-winning Politics of Pain and state insurance commissioners projects. This reporter will work closely with other team members in addition to our digital, data and social media teams to develop content that can extend the Center’s coverage across platforms in a variety of formats.

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities and Expectations

Develops and executes ideas for stories across platforms as part of the states team.
Develops news sources.
Gathers information and materials for reports.
Covers stories as assigned by the states’ team project manager.
Collaborates with team members and partners as assigned in developing content.
Assists reporters in our state consortium to localize our data.
Uses social media to develop and expand network for Center’s political coverage.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

At least two years’ experience reporting on state government or politics.
Demonstrated experience understanding, analyzing and interpreting data. Proficient in using a spreadsheet, such as MS Excel.
Demonstrated excellence in reporting and writing for the web.
Demonstrated experience in all aspects of online journalism – including social media, basic data visualization and photography.
Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
Proven ability to consistently work well with others and commitment to the values and mission of the Center.


Non-supervisory position.
Some evening/weekend work occasionally required.
Some travel.


To Apply

TO APPLY: All applications should include a cover letter, resume and no more than five (5) news clips, sent to Include “state reporting position” in email subject line. Deadline to apply: Nov. 15.