Engagement reporter, Texas Tribune/ProPublica Investigative Unit
ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are hiring an engagement reporter to join our new investigative unit based in Austin. This individual will be instrumental in identifying communities interested in and affected by our accountability journalism, enlisting their participation in our storytelling process and reporting stories in service of these communities. This reporter will be based in Austin and report to The Texas Tribune’s assistant director for audience, but will collaborate with journalists at both news organizations.
Primary responsibilities will include:
Pitching projects to engage diverse audiences in the unit’s investigative journalism
Leading and sharing community research
Editing and managing audience callouts in collaboration with reporters
Reporting stories that result from community outreach and engagement
Moderating community discussions, online and through in-person events
You should apply if you:
Have experience organizing communities and activating people around civic issues, either digitally or in real life
Have a passion for public interest journalism, keen news judgement, and experience writing and reporting on deadline
You have journalism experience, either locally or nationally, especially doing stories that shed light on injustices. You don’t need fancy bylines, but you should have baseline reporting chops.
Are at home on the internet and see comments as an opportunity to learn and engage audiences
Have experience setting and meeting audience engagement goals — both qualitative and quantitative
Are highly organized and ready to jump into a fast-paced, collaborative newsroom
We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
Our newsrooms are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
The job is full time and includes the following Texas Tribune benefits.
downtown office with paid parking or commuting stipend
medical, vision and dental insurance
a cell phone stipend
20 days of paid time off each year
up to 12 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
support for professional training and attending industry conferences