Durham Accountability Reporter

Editorial Raleigh, NC


The (Raleigh) News & Observer and The (Durham) Herald-Sun in North Carolina are looking for an always-curious, energetic reporter who’s interested in local government and politics, and wants to learn more. 

The Civic Accountability reporter will research and write daily stories along with deeper projects that examine the City of Durham and Durham County issues, disputes and politics. The reporter’s work will hold elected leaders and public employees accountable, focusing on government policies and actions that impact residents and quality of life in Durham. Those topics include massive growth and development, changing demographics, affordable housing, public transportation, and the relationship between government and prominent local employers including Duke University and its hospital system.

This is a great opportunity for a newer reporter, but is not an entry-level position. Candidates must have past experience covering municipal government issues.  Candidates must currently hold a college degree. Spanish language skills are a plus.

The ideal candidate’s key attributes include:

  • Strict ethics and dedication to high-quality journalism
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work 
  • Fast, but accurate
  • Excellent self-editing skills
  • Keen instincts in pursuing stories that will resonate with readers
  • Solid understanding of audience engagement, metrics and SEO
  • Experience using social media both as a reporting and an engagement tool
  • A collaborative personality and a track record of working well with editors as well as working independently
  • True curiosity about the topics covered in this position
  • Experience building sources
  • An aptitude to learn technical skills inside the newsroom such as content management systems and other tools

Key duties include:

  • Finding, prioritizing and writing the most significant and the most interesting local government and other news stories of the day
  • Obtaining public records and, when needed, filing public records requests expertly and efficiently
  • Shooting photos and videos when needed 
  • Distributing work through social media platforms
  • Supplying SEO keywords, headlines and other strategies to boost distribution of each story
  • Meeting audience and reporting goals. 

We’re moving quickly to fill this important position. Deadline for applications is Jan. 24, 2019. A cover letter is required; applications without cover letters will not be considered.