State government reporter
Reports to: Managing editor
WyoFile is returning the facts to Wyoming’s civic life with community-supported, non-partisan, public-interest journalism. To make that happen, we’re looking for an enterprising reporter to inform readers about the conduct of the Wyoming state government.
This is a chance to enjoy job security and fair compensation in print journalism while working to advance the profession as part of a cutting-edge innovative team. The right candidate will leave their mark on WyoFile, Wyoming and American democracy.
Employees: 7+ and growing
Growth: In 2020 staff grew by 40%, membership by 50%, audience by 70% and revenue by 85%. Audience tripled between 2017 and 2020.
Circulation: 50+ state and regional publications rely on WyoFile reporting.
What you’ll do:
- Cover the state government beat: Establish and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of Wyoming government and politics and regularly explain newsworthy developments to readers.
- Report on other topics as warranted.
- Contribute to the editorial process. Collaborate with editors and other reporters through all stages of story development — from topic selection and story assignment through research, investigation, reporting, copy editing and layout.
- Generate and pitch story ideas.
- Contribute to the evolution and execution of WyoFile’s editorial vision.
What you’ll need to succeed:
- A magazine writer’s sense of narrative, a newspaper reporter’s sense of urgency and a nose for a good story.
- Uncompromising news judgement.
- Relentless curiosity, merciless critical thinking, a sharp eye for detail and the ability to digest and make sense of wide-ranging and complex information.
- Exceptional writing and reporting craft.
- A willingness to ask difficult questions, report uncomfortable truths and dive deep into issues.
- The ability to work multiple developing stories simultaneously.
- Team-centric approach and appreciation for collaboration.
- Unimpeachable personal integrity, reliable sense of fairness and dogged commitment to the Society of Professional Journalist code of ethics.
- Passion for the role of civic news organizations in American society.
- Goal orientation, intrinsic motivation and work ethic. Comfort and enthusiasm in tackling ambitious, complex initiatives.
We’re especially interested in candidates who:
- Have experience covering government or other large, complex institutional systems.
- Are familiar with and passionate about Wyoming.
- Love to investigate and have honed the craft
- Have demonstrated success developing and maintaining sourcing networks and credibility therein.
We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom that represents and reflects the people and communities we seek to serve. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people who are differently abled.
Start date: ASAP
Salary range: $40K – $48K depending on experience
Location: Central or southeastern Wyoming: Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper or Lander preferred. Other Wyoming locations considered for the right candidate. Occasional windshield time — long hours traversing Wyoming’s wild wonderful landscape — required.
Compensation: WyoFile offers a competitive salary, health insurance, paid time off, flexible work environment and other benefits.
To apply please send a resume, to10 clips of previous published work and cover letter to Matthew Copeland at [email protected]