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Available Positions


Freelance Opportunities

Carolina Public Press welcomes inquiries from professional freelance journalists and photojournalists residing in North Carolina. Currently, we prioritize inquiries from journalists living in and around the Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Wilmington areas.

Contributing state government reporter(s)

Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news organization focused on in-depth and investigative journalism in the public interest, seeks talented contributing writers to enhance our coverage of state government, what’s happening in Raleigh and how it affects our readers. Applicants should be based in or live close to the Triangle, have a college degree and news media experience. Reporters with a predominance of experience working for advocacy organizations or advocacy news organizations are not eligible. Our pay rates are competitive, and we will keep this writer busy. Those interested should email careers@carolinapublicpress.org, with the subject line of Freelance State Government Reporter. Include a resume, two or three examples of your best recently published work and a cover letter describing why you’re interested. Also note any special areas of knowledge or interest. Incomplete applications will not be considered. [Rolling deadline.]

Contributing reporter(s), general assignment

Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news organization focused on in-depth and investigative journalism in the public interest, seeks professional freelance journalists to join its North Carolina team. We’re based in Asheville, but assignments may be handled by writers living anywhere in North Carolina. Applicants should have a college degree and some experience working in the news media. Reporters with a predominance of experience in and/or are currently working for advocacy organizations or advocacy news organizations are not eligible. Our pay rates are competitive and we will keep writers who show they can produce high-quality work and meet deadlines busy. Those interested should email careers@carolinapublicpress.org, with the subject line of Freelance Reporter. Include a resume, two or three examples of your best recently published work and a cover letter describing why you’re interested. Also note any special areas of knowledge or interest. Incomplete applications will not be considered. [Rolling deadline.]


Internship Opportunities

Carolina Public Press is an independent nonprofit news organization dedicated to nonpartisan, in-depth and investigative news built upon the facts and context North Carolinians need to know right now. Our award-winning, breakthrough journalism breaks down barriers and shines a light on the critical overlooked and under-reported issues facing our state’s 10.5 million residents.

Carolina Public Press is a highly efficient, fast-paced news organization. We’re online, but we aren’t opinion bloggers or advocacy journalists. We have received national, regional and local support and recognition for our high-quality, unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting. 

We are members of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Institute for Nonprofit News and the N.C. Press Association.

We offer a variety of internship opportunities, including for reporters and photojournalists, those interested in social media, those interested in community outreach and event planning, and those seeking to become editorial assistants. Our internships are individualized, not cookie-cutter busy work. Expect to have fun, to challenge and to be challenged and to learn a ton. Your portfolio and resume will thank you.

While we are based in Asheville, Carolina Public Press welcomes interns from across the state. Applicants must have access to the internet during their internship.

For summer 2021, Carolina Public Press is accepting internship applicants through the Emma Bowen Foundation program and the Newmark Graduate School J-Corps program.

Emma Bowen Foundation Fellows

Carolina Public Press is partnering with the Emma Bowen Foundation for a paid undergraduate summer internship.

Find information about the Emma Bowen program, timeline, compensation and other details here.

In accordance with the Foundation guidelines, applicants must meet all of the following requirements: 

  • Are a student of color (Asian, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Multi-Racial)
  • Are a graduating high school senior OR an undergraduate college student (undergraduates graduating in Spring 2021 are eligible to apply)
  • Plan to attend or are currently a student at a four-year accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Are interested in pursuing a career in the media and technology industries
  • Are a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Speak and write English fluently

Interest candidates should apply through the Emma Bowen Foundation website

The application deadline is rolling, but candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by mid-March.

Newmark Graduate School J-Corps Internship

Carolina Public Press is partnering with the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY for a paid graduate student internship.

Newmark graduate students in print, photo, audio or data journalism may apply. Eligible Newmark candidates should apply through Handshake.

The application deadline is March 31.

Organizational Internship Program

Our organizational internships are open to all journalism, communications, public policy, marketing, political science and business students or those in related fields. Applicants should be highly reliable self-starters with strong interest in online media, particularly the nonprofit media sector devoted to public interest and investigative reporting.

Applicants will have the opportunity to assist in nearly every element of directing and operating a nonprofit media organization, with a strong emphasis on events, social media, community engagement and other outreach programs.

To be considered for the program, applicants should submit:

1: a cover letter explaining your interest in an organizational internship with Carolina Public Press,

2: a resume and

3: two references.

Strong preference will be given to students with nonprofit and/or journalism experience. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information and to submit your application, email careers@carolinapublicpress.org, with the subject line Organizational Internship Program.

Carolina Public Press may offer additional internship opportunities. Please check back soon for more details. 

If you have questions, please email careers@carolinapublicpress.org, with the subject line Internship Program.