Staff Openings

Reporter, Louisiana Illuminator

Join the Louisiana Illuminator and give readers hard-hitting political coverage that connects state policy to Louisianians' lives.

Louisiana Illuminator is a nonprofit newsroom that in just two years has shaken up Louisiana politics and media with hard hitting stories. We want to tell stories about people and how their lives are impacted by public policy. Our goal is to lift voices of those who should have a say in shaping that policy.

Our team is in search of a reporter who can help us better understand the eyes and ears of Louisiana citizens at the Capitol. We follow the Legislature and other government entities tasked with making decisions that affect our everyday lives. It’s important that we help our readers grasp the language of government and greater context that influences it.

Your work with us can bring about meaningful change. Our coverage recently led to a new state law to give sexual assault victims access to their medical records. After we shed light on a Public Service Commission contract questionably awarded to a members long-time associate, regulators reversed their decision to hire the suspended lawyer. There is no end to the need for our level of accountability and transparency reporting.

Since launching in June 2020, our work has garnered national and local attention. We’re part of the expanding network of nonprofit news sites around the country called States Newsroom, which has a diversity, equity, inclusion and justice mission as we break news on politics and policy.

Based in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Illuminator Reporter will take the lead in coverage of the Louisiana Legislature and statewide elections. The reporter will produce daily and enterprise stories on topics determined in consultation with the editor-in-chief. The reporter will also provide content for the outlet’s dynamic briefs section and distribute site content on social media. The ideal candidate will know how to track trending topics and find the nexus points at the state and local levels. The reporting will take readers beyond the headline or press releases to give a deeper understanding of the issues.

Job Responsibilities

  • Produce regular, high-quality reporting on issues facing Louisiana
  • Contribute regularly to the outlet’s briefs section
  • Generate story ideas with the editorial team
  • Pursue story leads with strong self-direction and news judgment
  • Approach assignments on deadline with strong communication and follow through with the editor and colleagues
  • Collaborate with other reporters and assist with research and pertinent knowledge when/if available
  • Establish and expand social media presence representing the outlet
  • Use personal social media accounts to amplify site’s content
  • Take quality photos to illustrate 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 $47,000 and rises with experience. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • Premium-free platinum health care for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
  • Four weeks of vacation per year
  • Two 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
  • Full-service EAP

New laptop and any necessary equipment will be provided.

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 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.