The Indiana Citizen, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and information platform focused on the civic health of Indiana, is reopening its search for a full-time reporter on issues of racial justice in our state. For this position, The Indiana Citizen will partner with the Indianapolis Recorder, the nation’s fourth-oldest surviving African American newspaper and a leading voice for the Black community in Indianapolis.
This reporting beat will explore how policy at all levels of government impacts the pursuit of racial justice in our state, with a specific focus on the Indiana General Assembly, the Indianapolis City-County Council, and issues in the 2022-2023 elections. Possible coverage areas include voting rights, school curriculum, public transportation, police-community relations, and the criminal justice system.
We want a reporter who will pursue exclusive stories, know how to multitask between daily breaking news and long-form investigations, and write with sweep and authority. Candidates should have experience in using data in their reporting and a gift for storytelling. The ideal candidate would have a demonstrated consistency in producing exclusive, policy-shaping enterprise stories on racial justice issues.
Basic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, at least three years of professional experience, civic literacy and familiarity with content management systems. Preference will be given to candidates who have covered government.
This position will carry the title of Senior Writer and report to The Indiana Citizen Editor in Chief and Indianapolis Recorder Editor in Chief and will operate as a vital part of both organizations’ reporting teams. This is an exempt position.
This position is funded through a one-year grant from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, with the potential for continuing beyond then if our funders recognize the impact of our reporting. The salary range is $45,000-$50,000 with benefits including paid time off, retirement plan, dental and vision insurance, and a negotiable stipend to defray health insurance coverage costs. We are open to negotiating the compensation agreement with the preferred candidate.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EDT Friday, July 1, 2022.