The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas politics and public policy news, is hiring a reporter, based in East Texas, to deliver deeply reported stories on the people, places and politics that define the region.
With so much attention focused on the state’s growing urban centers, the impact of state policy on East Texas and its residents are often ignored. We are looking for a reporter dedicated to changing that. Reporting from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Tyler, Beaumont, Longview, Marshall, Texarkana and other communities, this journalist will travel the region to tell the stories of everyday Texans and how the state and local policy decisions affect their lives.
The issues to cover are numerous. To name a few, there are the economy and employment, public schools, transportation access, environmental concerns and health care.
While there will be quick-turn stories required of this position depending on the news of the day, this reporter will be primarily focused on producing stories that evoke a sense of place and elevating the voices of East Texans.
We’re looking for a journalist with a great passion for this part of the state and who is dedicated to reflecting the truth of this region in their reporting. This reporter is expected to pitch and deliver well-reported stories that help drive discourse on a local, state and national level. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other Tribune journalists on coverage.
This reporter will also be expected to help with legislative and elections coverage, a staple of the Tribune’s journalism.
This coverage will be informed by the overall news direction and priorities of the Tribune’s editors, and will reflect a deeply collaborative approach to working with colleagues on key beats. The position will report to the Tribune’s regions editor.
The East Texas reporter will actively participate in Tribune events, and represent the newsroom in broadcast media appearances under the guidance of the marketing and communications director.
Salary will vary according to experience; the minimum is $55,000.
Write accurate, clear and well-reported stories while facing daily deadlines
Identify and pitch stories on various subjects across East Texas
Work with other reporters on various assignments
Collaborate with other departments for various assignments
Regular travel and occasional work on nights, weekends and holidays
BA/BS degree and 1-3 years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
Terrific news judgment and talent for jumping on quick-turn enterprise writing
A demonstrated ability to work quickly and under tight deadlines
Impeccable reporting, fact-checking, writing and editing skills; strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law
Strong communication and storytelling skills using AP style
Spanish-language skills are preferred
We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
This position is based in East Texas, with regular travel throughout the region for work and occasional travel to our downtown Austin newsroom headquarters.
This job is full time and has the following benefits:
Medical, vision and dental insurance
Cell phone stipend
20 days of paid time off each year
12 paid holidays
Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
Annual 401(k) match of $2,000
Remote working flexibility
How to Apply
Submit your application by Sept. 22 with a résumé, examples of your work and a cover letter detailing your vision for this position and how you would approach the work. We can't wait to hear from you.
The Texas Tribune is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for all, and we encourage applicants of all identities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply.
About The Texas Tribune
Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious and still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We want to become the number one media organization in Texas, and we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for the media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.
All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.