Bridge Magazine seeks a tenacious watchdog reporter to lead highest-quality, high-enterprise 2018 statewide election coverage – and capitol/policy coverage beyond the election.
Bridge, the two-time-defending Michigan Press Association “Newspaper of the Year,” provides readers and leaders frequent, nonpartisan, public-focused, substance- and issues-driven stories and coverage. The successful candidate for this job will clearly demonstrate:
- Proven ability to rapidly develop diverse sources and enterprise story ideas – and execute those ideas.
- Keen adherence to coverage based on facts, not ideology
- Savvy and tenacious use of social media to build audience, following, sources, tips and story ideas.
- Passion for covering big-picture issues in human and kitchen-table-relevant ways.
- Passion for “getting out there,” interacting with voters, covering politics through the issues critical to voters, and profiling local communities and their concerns.
- Proven ability to multi-task and regularly produce diverse forms of journalism. You should be equally comfortable breaking news and driving enterprise through great reporting, writing, storytelling, and interactivity.
- Multimedia abilities, including Facebook Live broadcasting, and photography.
- An investigative track record, including data and public records reporting.
Expect a frequent and diverse publishing schedule including Truth Squad analyses of campaign rhetoric, short-term enterprise, and longer-term/home run journalism. We will leave horse-race coverage behind in 2018. Bridge cares less about polls and who’s ahead than in the “how” and the “why” of how effective state policy is made. We aim for insight and understanding over sound bites and talking points.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for working in a team atmosphere, expanding Bridge’s readership, and interacting enthusiastically with public engagement and audience growth specialists. This includes demonstrated experience with reader engagement, in social media and in person through Bridge events and outreach.
This full-time position will be based in Lansing, Michigan but will require frequent travel, especially in campaign season. Compensation, which includes a salary, health benefits, vacation and a 401(k) plan, is commensurate with experience. The Center for Michigan/Bridge Magazine is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, clips and references to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 5, 2017 and be eager to start work in January 2018.