Staff Openings

Reporter, Kansas Reflector

Join Kansas Reflector and give readers hard-hitting government coverage that connects state policy to Kansans’ lives.

Join an award-winning newsroom that is dedicated to serving as a government watchdog. Kansas Reflector covers politics, policy and other stories of statewide interest. We want a reporter who can provide important information to readers about elected officials, how public money is spent, and the ways that policy decisions affect Kansans’ lives.

Based in Topeka, this reporter will cover the Legislature, governor’s office, state agencies, the state’s federal delegation, 2022 elections and other assignments. The reporter will produce daily and enterprise stories, take photos, and share content on social media.

The ideal candidate will know how to track trending topics and hold officials accountable through deep source building and public records requests. The reporting will take readers beyond press releases, providing a deeper understanding of the issues.

Job Responsibilities

  • Produce regular, high-quality reporting on issues facing Kansas
  • Contribute regularly to outlet’s briefs section
  • Generate story ideas with the editor
  • Pursue story leads, both self-generated and as assigned, with self-direction and solid news judgment
  • Approach assignments on deadline with strong communication and follow through with the editor and colleagues
  • Collaborate with other reporters on projects and to share research and pertinent knowledge when/if available
  • Establish and expand digital media presence representing the outlet and use personal social media to amplify the site’s content, presence and voice
  • Take photos and video to illustrate and amplify stories

Qualifications

We’re looking for candidates with at least two years previous news reporting and/or editing experience (student journalism counts), sound news judgment, flexibility, and the ability to manage ongoing and short-term projects with strong attention to detail and accuracy. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. States Newsroom journalists are expected to produce at least 4 posts per week.

The minimum salary for this position is $50,000 and rises depending on experience. Relocation stipend will be considered. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • Premium-free platinum healthcare for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • 2 weeks of personal leave per year
  • 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year
  • 7 holidays and 4 floating holidays
  • $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • $200 cell phone replacement benefit every two years
  • $75 monthly fitness benefit
  • 401K with up to 3% match
  • 12 weeks of parental leave

About our Culture

States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but not at the expense of burning out its employees. We are supportive, exciting, welcoming and positive. We believe in creating sustainable careers for journalists on the crucial state government beat.

States Newsroom’s mission is to connect people to the power that shapes their daily lives through relentless reporting and incisive commentary on state government and policy. Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission.

At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. We are always working to better represent our communities and are supported in these efforts by a network-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice committee.

To apply, send resume, references and at least three samples of published work to jobs<at>statesnewsroom.com.

At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. Read our full DEIJ statement for more information.