The Post-Gazette, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization and largest newspaper in Western Pennsylvania, is hiring a Harrisburg Bureau Chief to cover the politics and policies of utmost importance and relevance to the Pittsburgh region. We’re looking for an innovative and ambitious reporter to produce quick-turn spot news stories, deeply reported enterprise and insightful analysis with a particular emphasis on our region’s delegation. These are stories framed for Post-Gazette readers who want to know how decisions forged in Harrisburg affect our region.
This reporter will cover our southwestern Pennsylvania House and Senate delegations as well as the state bureaucracy. This candidate should be exceptionally self-motivated to deliver daily stories, know how to develop a beat and cultivate sources in a competitive environment. This reporter’s focus will be on the key topics relative to southwestern Pennsylvania -- including education, transportation, energy, environment and the general budget. While there is room for Sunday and enterprise stories, a primary focus will be on strong daily reporting on one of the largest legislatures and bureaucracies in the United States.
You'll join a newsroom that has produced Pulitzer-caliber work in recent years (2019 winner for Breaking News, 2020 finalist for Local Reporting) with a strong reputation for high impact politics coverage in one of America’s primary battleground states.
Understand the inner-workings of state government, politics and policy making
Demonstrate the ability to break stories, spot trends for longer-range coverage, and convey contextual meaning to developments on the beat
Possess the ability to see past the daily noise to spot the news and trends that truly matter to the Pittsburgh region
Have a proven track record of using social media to inform and engage digital audiences of all kinds
Possess a positive attitude and ability to collaborate and thrive in high-pressure news environments
Credibly represent the Post-Gazette at events and on external media channels
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism but not a must
2 to 5 years of reporting experience, preferably covering politics and/or government affairs
Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills
Ability to deliver news on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat
Strong analytical and strategic planning skills and attention to detail
Proven experience reporting and writing effectively on deadline
Exceptional work ethic, time management, and organization skills
Other Things to Know
Competitive salary and benefits package
We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it
As an equal opportunity employer, the Post-Gazette is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs
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