Western NC Public Service Reporter (Contractor)
Carolina Public Press, a statewide nonprofit news organization, seeks a full-time independent contract Western NC Public Service Reporter to join its newsroom. The reporter will work to produce in-depth and investigative journalism examining how local governments across an 18-county region of Western North Carolina are handling pandemic relief funds and the impact of those funds on individuals, families and communities. These articles will appear on Carolina Public Press’ website and may appear in other publications through our content-sharing agreements.
Other duties may include appearing at online or public events sponsored by CPP or its affiliated partner organizations and appearing in other media, including radio and TV broadcasts.
A successful candidate has experience with in-depth government accountability reporting. The journalist should be comfortable and articulate in analyzing financial records and government authorization procedures, as well as issuing public records requests to local governments in North Carolina. The journalist should also be effective at interviewing local and state government officials, local residents and leaders of local NGOs affected by government policies. The journalist should also position all stories from an audience-first perspective and include needed context and connections, versus being a transcriber of government meetings.
The Western NC Public Service Reporter will report to Carolina Public Press’s managing editor. The journalist in this position must live in a community within the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina. This position may work remotely or within our Asheville office.
This is a one-year independent contractor position, with an expectation of 40 hours of work a week or equivalent. Compensation depends on experience, with yearly payment range to be expected between $45,000-$50,000. However, someone who is highly successful in this work may be considered for a full-time staff position with additional responsibilities after the conclusion of the primary one-year contract.
- Employs an active writing style that clearly presents and explains government financial issues in a way that engages readers.
- Ability to build a network of sources in multiple locations across a multi-county region.
- Willingness to take direction from and communicate effectively with CPP’s editors and organizational leadership.
- Ability to handle deadlines and balance multiple projects at once.
- Have reliable transportation across the coverage region, a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
- Demonstrate understanding of basic grammar, spelling and AP style.
- Exercises strong news judgment.
- Basic understanding of relevant media law to pursue access to records and meetings while avoiding risk of libel.
- Must be able to handle constructive criticism from editors in a professional manner that will contribute to improvements in work over time.
- Works well with CPP team members to accept and contribute constructive ideas for the benefit of the organization and its readers.
- Should be able to represent CPP professionally in conduct and appearance while reporting, at events or in other media.
A college degree is preferred, along with at least 5 years of reporting experience, preferably on local governments in North Carolina. The contractor must reside in or be willing to relocate to the Western North Carolina coverage area. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
To Apply: Email a cover letter mentioning this position, your resume and three examples of your best relevant reporting clips or a link to your portfolio to email@example.com. Interviews for this independent contract position begin on Sept. 20, but the contract will remain open until it is filled.
Rural Engagement Manager (Contractor)
Carolina Public Press seeks to hire a part-time independent contract Rural Engagement Manager to create and implement a community-based news distribution pilot program. While the manager will work with a news organization, previous newsroom or journalism experience is not a requirement.
With the Director of Audience and Engagement and the Executive Director, the contract manager will help develop and operationalize an innovative program that will boost news and information distribution toward increasing civic engagement among rural residents, with a focus on those living in Western North Carolina. The work will target those who cannot either access or afford high-speed broadband. We envision the project utilizing a combination of no/low-tech community outreach methods and a texting platform to reach community members where they are, especially those people with no or very slow internet connections who rely on their phones for communications.
You’ll have an opportunity to think creatively, identify and propose solutions, devise processes, create goals, and tweak strategies and tactics to drive success. We’ll track process and results in order to share findings with our colleagues in journalism and others.
Be in touch and apply if you:
- Can work effectively in teams, both as a leader and as a participant, on long-term projects.
- Have proven experience in and knowledge of rural communities — lived, professional or otherwise.
- Are highly organized and can look at a project, break it down into component tasks, and set and meet realistic deadlines.
- Are innovative and can try, test, assess, tweak and iterate throughout a project. We are confident that this project will be successful, but we don’t expect every single idea to work. If it doesn’t, though, we need to know why and pivot quickly and creatively. You need to be comfortable within that environment and be able to quickly identify problems and make changes towards boosting chances of success.
- Can track qualitative and quantitative results through narratives and data, and can work with the team to co-produce toolkits and white papers related to this pilot.
- Have experience organizing communities and activating people around issues that are important to them, both in “real life” and digitally.
- Have proven experience using digital tools and know how to use texting to communicate ideas and information.
- Have a passion for public interest journalism, its role in the community, and experience writing in multiple ways.
- Can work well with CPP team members to accept and contribute constructive ideas for the benefit of the organization and its audiences.
- Understand basic grammar and spelling, and have the ability to edit your own work.
- Are highly organized and interested in jumping into a high-performing news organization.
Not required, but bonus qualifications include any or all of the following:
- Familiarity with Western North Carolina beyond the city of Asheville.
- Experience with Canva or another desktop design program.
- Some experience up to fluency in Spanish.
- Experience with building and implementing a texting campaign through a third-party software program, such as GroundSource.
We know there are a lot of other skills and assets that may make this program successful that we may not be thinking of. If you think that’s you, please apply!
The manager will report to Director of Audience and Engagement Ellen Acconcia, and work closely with both the Director and Executive Director Angie Newsome. Remote candidates living anywhere in North Carolina will be accepted, and depending on your location, office space in the main office in Asheville is available. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
This is a one-year independent contractor position, with an expectation of 20 hours of work per week or an equivalent. Compensation depends on your experience, with yearly payment range for this part-time contract expected to be between $21,000-$25,000. However, someone who is highly successful in this work may be considered for a contract extension or staff position with additional responsibilities at the conclusion of the contract.
Questions? Contact Executive Director Angie Newsome at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re ready to go ahead and apply, email a cover letter, your resume and an example of your writing (300 words or less) to email@example.com. Interviews for this independent contract position begin on Sept. 20, 2021, but the contract will remain open until it is filled.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, 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.]
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, with the subject line Internship Program.