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The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is hiring a State Government Reporter for its Olympia bureau. As a member of our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, you will lead coverage that focuses on top elected and appointed state officials, including the governor and the Legislature, in an accountability role. This is a key position at the nerve center of the Metro politics team, and much of what this reporter covers affects Seattle and county governments across the state, from what direction the state takes in combating COVID, to how children are educated, to how taxpayers’ dollars are spent. Washington, while solidly blue on a statewide level, contains important pockets of conservative voters and officeholders that require respectful, fair coverage.
We are looking for a curious reporter who will work collaboratively with other political reporters, and other reporters in beats as diverse as education, homelessness and business to uncover news and report on ongoing issues. Please be adept at quick breaking stories, behind-the-scenes narratives and deep accountability stories that engage our readers, including a fast-growing digital audience.
The State Government Reporter will:
Have a track record of digging up scoops.
Develop diverse and knowledgeable sources in Washington state government and the broader political community.
Write quickly on daily news stories and craft clear, focused enterprise stories that create an impact.
Become the authority on state government and know how actions at the state level affect municipalities.
Approach assignments on deadline with strong communication and follow through with the Politics editor and colleagues.
Establish and expand our social media presence and identify stories that will drive readership, using callouts and audience analytics.
Embrace an inclusive approach to story generation, reporting and sourcing.
Welcome opportunities to contribute to the broader newsroom on group projects, occasional news shifts, and stories that transcend the beat system.
Work with colleagues in Photo/Video, Graphics/Interactives and the Digital Audience Team to create visually rich projects and explore creative new story forms.
Publicly represent The Times at events, as needed, including political debates.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic colleague and a champion of our core values of accuracy, journalistic ethics and inclusiveness.
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.
Experience: At least three years’ experience as a government or politics reporter for a daily newsgathering organization.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or relevant equivalent experience.
Ability to file public-record requests and search databases.
Strong command of standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
Demonstrate a deep understanding of government and its processes.
Ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
Cultural competence and awareness of best practices related to inclusive journalism. Collaborative spirit; diplomacy when communicating up, down and across teams.
Experience in traditional, shoe-leather reporting, as well as using social media to find and source stories. Familiarity with analytics is also a necessity.
This union position requires you to pay dues each month. You will also be required to take a pre-employment drug screen for controlled substances (excludes marijuana) and a criminal background check.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 2.1 million. At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.
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