Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism-CUNY

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism-CUNY


The American Independent Foundation

State Reporter (3 Positions Available)

Post Date:Aug 22, 2023Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Michigan - . Job Reference:
Job Description:

SUMMARY: This is a local political reporting position in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  TAI is hiring three (3) seasoned political reporters, one for each state, with a good pulse on the ins and outs of state and local politics, policies, and people.  As a State Reporter, you will be contributing consistent, accurate, and mission-aligned reporting to TAI’s various news properties. We are especially interested in reporters who concentrate on policies around economics, healthcare, and infrastructure, making these issue areas accessible to a wide audience. Working closely with editorial leadership, this reporter should pitch story ideas about state politics as well as be available for and responsive to other assignments as needed. We will prioritize reporters living in Michigan, Pennsylvania & Wisconsin. 


  • Pitch fresh angles on reported news of the day as related to state-specific politics, especially policies around economics, healthcare, and infrastructure  
  • Collaborate with editors and other writers to brainstorm, pitch, and produce originally reported stories.
  • Pick up and expand on story pitches from outside sources and as assigned by editors. 
  • Be able to quickly and cleanly write stories that are accurate, well-sourced, and fact-checked.
  • Track news developments in real-time and share with the editorial team as needed.
  • Cultivate a network of sources within American/Michigan, Pennsylvania & Wisconsin politics and progressive issue advocacy.
  • Meet daily, monthly, and quarterly deadlines and content output goals.
  • Collaborate with other team members as needed.

SALARY RANGE:  $80,000-$94,000/year

EMPLOYMENT TERM: This is a limited-term position beginning September 2023 through November 2024 with the possibility of an extension. 



  • 4+ years of experience in journalism, reporting, writing, or other related field or a B.S. or B.A. in journalism.
  • Exceptional writing skills. 
  • Excellent understanding of national politics, local politics, and campaigns at both the federal and the state levels, with an emphasis on economics, health care, and infrastructure in each state. 
  • Established sources and experience reporting on politics
  • Ability to travel across the state to cover
  • Solid news judgment.
  • Communicative, engaged, and eager to take initiative.
  • Capable of managing multiple priorities simultaneously. Able to adjust priorities and/or story focus quickly as the news shifts.
  • Organized, detail-oriented.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with AP style are a major plus.
  • Ability to work well with others in a virtual workspace.

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Contact Information
The American Independent Foundation
800 Maine Ave SW Suite 400
Washington, DC
United States

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