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Staff Positions

Investigative Reporter

Carolina Public Press seeks a full-time staff investigative reporter to join our award-winning nonprofit organization that is dedicated to independent, in-depth and investigative news in the public interest serving all of North Carolina.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience in public-interest investigative reporting and proven experience in a collaborative environment using digital investigative and traditional news gathering techniques. This reporter will largely focus on project-based in-depth and investigative reporting for Carolina Public Press. The position may be remote and the reporter may be based anywhere in North Carolina. 

As an investigative reporter with Carolina Public Press, you will:

  • Craft coherent, captivating and impactful daily, short-term and long-term investigative reporting that integrates individual, family and community stories with insightful analysis and revealing data and public records
  • Work collaboratively with local, regional, statewide and national media partners to produce investigative reporting projects that are, based on input and data, of interest across the state and nation
  • Adapt stories across platforms in a variety of formats
  • Analyze data and pursue public records regularly
  • Produce “toolkits” that explain how we got the story and how to use/replicate the story at the local, regional or statewide level
  • Be familiar with laws governing open government, public records, libel, defamation and privacy
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

We are seeking a team member who:

  • Is naturally curious, able to separate personal views from the reporting process and unafraid to ask sometimes unpleasant questions
  • Has strong news gathering, source development, data analysis and writing skills
  • Shows initiative to find holes in existing reporting, to pursue new and revealing angles and to find what’s going overlooked and under-reported
  • Is a positive leader inside and outside the newsroom
  • Is a professional communicator within the news team and across the organization and can understand the overall mission, vision, goals and values of the organization
  • Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, and demonstrates self-confidence, compassion, common sense and good listening
  • Thinks creatively about how to tell investigative stories, about obstacles likely to be encountered – and then follows through with ideas, suggestions and solutions
  • Seeks opportunities to learn from, offer resources to and collaborate with other investigative reporters and like-minded organizations across the state and nation
  • Has experience and comfort with data analyzing skills, software and tools, including Excel, SQL or R (or equivalent) or is highly motivated to learn quickly

Not required, but preferred skills:

  • Deep community ties to and/or knowledge of North Carolina
  • Familiarity with the nonprofit news sector and how it is different from for-profit news organizations
  • Proficiency in Spanish

This position reports to the editor in chief.

We recognize that you may be an excellent candidate even when your expertise may be different from what we’ve described or envisioned for this position. Everyone is different, and you do not have to satisfy all requirements to be considered for this job. Carolina Public Press is very interested in reflecting the communities we serve and encourages women, people of color, those living with disabilities, those from rural communities, and others from underrepresented communities in the traditional media to apply.

Along with the opportunity to do meaningful work with an award-winning team, Carolina Public Press offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a 95% paid primary health care plan; access to additional coverage including life insurance and accident plans; generous vacation leave and paid holidays; and professional development opportunities. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000, based on experience, education and potential.

To apply: To apply, you must submit your application via this form. The position will remain open until it is filled, though the ideal start date is around Nov. 15. Apply now.


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. Remote internships are available. Applicants must have access to the internet during their internship.

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.