Full Time - Mid-Level (Senior Producer, Reporter, Editor)
The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas political news, is seeking a full-time politics editor. The politics editor will directly manage the newsroom’s politics desk, with responsibilities for assigning, approving and editing stories.
In collaboration with the Tribune’s managing editor for news, the politics editor will define how we approach topics including campaigns and elections, elected officials, state legislative sessions, and the impact of the political and legislative process in Austin and Washington on Texans of all ages, races and backgrounds.
In a moment in which Texas politicians are dominating statewide and national headlines, the politics editor will be expected to demonstrate or quickly develop a deep expertise in and curiosity about the government and people of Texas.
The politics editor will report to the Tribune’s managing editor for news.
Think big picture about our priorities and resources to ensure that our coverage includes a strong mix of accountability journalism, features, and ground-up reporting on the people and movements that shape and are affected by the political discourse.
Set the vision for our must-read and widely respected daily newsletter for political insiders; our weekly politics podcast; and other relevant news products.
Collaborate with the Tribune’s data and product teams on election results, campaign finance analysis and the elected officials directory.
Collaborate with colleagues on the editing desk, assigning, editing or reporting stories on other beats as needed.
As part of the editing team, assign and participate in panel discussions for Tribune events and the annual Texas Tribune Festival, an event which has attracted speakers ranging from John Cornyn to Hillary Clinton.
Participate in radio and television hits with our media partners.
All reporters and editors at The Texas Tribune are responsible for occasional evening, weekend and holiday work as well as general assignment shifts as news demands.
Experience guiding and editing political coverage
A demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines
A deep commitment to and enthusiasm for both breaking news and enterprise reporting
Evidence of strong reporting, fact-checking and writing skills and a firm grasp of AP style
A demonstrated ability to manage a talented and ambitious team, coaching and helping develop reporters with varying levels of experience
Strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law
A clear desire and proven ability to collaborate with other colleagues across the organization
Experience and a deep knowledge of Texas politics and government is preferred, but not mandatory.
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 is a full-time, exempt position with the following Texas Tribune benefits:
downtown office with paid parking or commuting stipend
medical, vision and dental insurance
cell phone stipend
20 days of paid time off each year
16 weeks of paid family leave
support for professional training and attending industry conferences
As a part of our pandemic safety precautions, Texas Tribune employees are working remotely until at least July 2021. This position will eventually be based in Austin.
How to apply:
Click here to submit your application by February 23. Along with a résumé and cover letter, please submit a memo 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. Learn more about The Texas Tribune here.
About The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
The Tribune, which has the largest statehouse news bureau in the United States, covers a full range of topics including public and higher education, health care, immigration, criminal justice, energy, poverty, the environment, water, transportation — pretty much every line in the state budget. We also cover the major candidates and campaigns for office, though we train our sights less on the candidates than the issues. To further our pursuit of statewide engagement, we provide all of our content, for free, to print, radio and television news organizations throughout the state, and nationally in partnership with The Washington Post.
The Tribune has become an authoritative source for providing user-friendly databases of public information in Texas. Our reporters and software engineers collaborate to present a full picture for readers, giving them the tools to be more thoughtful, productive and engaged citizens. Examples include our government salaries database, U.S. Senate fund...raising tracker, analysis of state demographics and a look at the capacity of shelters for migrant children.
Each year we host 50-plus on-the-record, open-to-the-public live events — on college campuses, in community centers and everywhere in between — at which public officials, policy wonks and newsmakers answer for the work they’re doing and how they’re spending your tax dollars. Events are often available via livestream video, for those who can’t attend in person, and following the conversation we publish and archive video online. Our signature annual event, The Texas Tribune Festival, attracts thousands of attendees to downtown Austin to learn about Texas’ biggest challenges and to engage in thoughtful discussion about their respective solutions. Decision-makers, industry leaders and community activists from near and far come to take part in this three-day event.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Texas Tribune is supported by individual contributions and membership (click here to join), major gifts, corporate sponsorships, events and foundation grants. A complete list of the Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.